Researching Your Irish Ancestors


Renowned Ulster Historical Foundation presents Researching Your Irish Ancestors with Mr.Fintan MullanGillian Hunt Fintan Mullan and Ms. Gillian Hunt





Monday, March 13, 2017
3:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Brown County Central Library



National Genealogy Lecture Tour Stops in Green Bay


Founded in 1956, the Ulster Historical Foundation is one of the principal genealogical research agencies in Ireland and a leading publisher of quality historical, educational and genealogical books. It offers its extensive knowledge on the sources available to discover Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors. Their mission is to encourage an interest in the history of the province of Ulster; promote a positive image of Northern Ireland overseas; strengthen the links between Ireland and those of Ulster descent; broaden access to historical documents and records for Irish and Scots-Irish genealogy; and to inspire pride in Irish and Ulster heritage and culture.


The Brown County Library is pleased to announce that Mr. Fintan Mullan and Ms. Gillian Hunt of the Ulster Historical Foundation will present three back-to-back programs on Irish and Scots-Irish genealogy for beginners and active family historians on Monday, March 13, 2017 in the Auditorium of the Central Library, 515 Pine Street, Downtown Green Bay.
3:15 – 4:40 p.m.  Understanding Irish Townlands: The Importance of Place, Identity and Administrative Divisions in Irish Research
The vastness of the North American continent can make it difficult to comprehend the very local and tightly-knit nature of Irish society.  The sense of place in rural Ireland is massive, and understanding it can be crucial to success in Irish genealogy.  This presentation explores the different administrative divisions: e.g. townland, barony, parish, Poor Law Union, etc. where they relate to each other, and their importance in the historical records.  Understanding Irish administrative divisions is not merely a value as a study in its own right, but can be fundamental in being really successful in our research.


4:40 – 5:00 p.m. Break


5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Using Irish Land Records: Griffith’s Valuation, Tithe and the Importance of Land Records
Land records are an extremely important part of genealogical research in Ireland due to the destruction of the majority of nineteenth century census records.  This presentation looks at the main valuation records – the Tithe books from the 1820s and 1830s and Griffith’s Valuation which covers the periods 1848 to 1864 as well as looking at estate papers which can help take our family history back to the 1700s and 1600s.


6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Break


7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Census Substitutes and other Important Sources for the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries: Strategies for Success
Researchers can be left wondering what to do next when they have exhausted the possibilities of Tithe applotment books, census fragments and church records for the early nineteenth century.  This program provides some answers by drawing attention to census substitutes and other lesser known sources for the early nineteenth and eighteenth century, including: school records, 1796 flaxgrowers’ list, 1775 dissenter positions, 1766 religious census, 1740 ‘Protestant Householders’ List and Registry of Deeds, a significant, yet often overlooked, archive dating from 1708, which can provide invaluable information on Irish families of Anglican, Presbyterian and Catholic backgrounds.


This program is part of the Foundation’s USA Lecture Tour.  Green Bay is the only stop in Wisconsin and is made possible by a grant from the “Miller/Anthes Family Fund” within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.


A light meal will be available for purchase at the event.  Please register for program and meal by calling 920-448-5815.


One-on-One Consultations

On Tuesday, March 14 from 9:00 am – Noon, Mullan and Hunt are accepting reservations for one-on-one, 20-minute consultations.  A $35.00 fee applies (please no checks).  Spaces are limited.  Please call 920-448-5815 to schedule an appointment.



Parking:  The parking ramp’s Fourth Level (orange) has many open spots.  The elevator is located in the middle of the ramp as indicated by the yellow circle on the map below. Parking is free on downtown streets after 6:00 p.m.Central Library Parking rev