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Seminar and Book Launch: A Leitrim Genealogy Evening:

Fri 17 May, 6:00pm

We are delighted to host the launch event for this new publication which details how to search for your Leitrim ancestors. While the event is free, we advise booking in advance. 
This seminar will present two talks on Leitrim genealogy, and also include the formal launch of a new book; ‘A Guide to Tracing your Leitrim Ancestors' by local genealogist Tom Coughlan.  The meeting is co-hosted by Leitrim Genealogy Centre, the primary source of genealogy information on the county; and Ancestor Network who provide national services in tracing families and in publishing guides and reference works for family historians.  


6.00     Welcome and introduction.   

Patricia McCartan  - Leitrim Genealogy Centre   

6.10.    Emigration from Leitrim: Causes and consequences  

The background to emigration from the county,  its impact on the county,  and the current interest in the history of Leitrim families

6.30.    Leitrim rentals as a family history source.     

This talk will outline rentals, which are the records kept by landlords on their tenants,  as a useful and overlooked genealogy source,  using local examples. 

7.00.   Launch of 'A Guide to Tracing your Leitrim Ancestors' by Tom Coughlan

The book will be formally launched by Sean O’Sullivan,  with inputs by the author Tom Coughlan and CEO of Ancestor Network  John Hamrock.

7.15      Reception 

Sean O'Súilleabhain was the County Librarian of Leitrim for many years and was founder of the Leitrim Genealogy Centre.  He has written and spoken extensively on local genealogy records.  He is also author of “Under the Thatch: Memories of a Longford Childhood”

Dr Jim Ryan of Ancestor Network   is a writer and publisher on Irish genealogy whose books include ‘Irish Records’, ‘Tracing your Dublin Ancestors’, ‘Irish Church Records’, ‘Sources for Irish Family History’ and ‘Tracing Sligo Ancestors’. He has lectured extensively and his research interests include church records and rentals.

Tom Coughlan is a professional genealogist with a Diploma in Genealogy and Family History from UCD.  His primary genealogy interest is Co.  Leitrim where his own family roots lie.  Tom has presented genealogy courses and lectures; published articles on family history.  He is also engaged in a long-term, wide-ranging study of aspects of Leitrim’s genealogical story.

This book is a brand new and comprehensive guide for research on the families of county Leitrim, Ireland.  It sets out the latest records available, where they can be accessed, and how they can be used to best effect in genealogical or family history research. The author is a professional genealogist resident in the county and fully aware of all of the many sources available.    It is fully indexed and  richly illustrated with maps of the various administrative divisions; and with examples of the types of records available.  It also contains links to a wide range of on-line resources.