Irish Interests

Bringing together Irish themes from across the society

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The Manchester Genealogist


Irish Ancestry Resources

Engels and the Irish in Manchester

27 Oct 2021 via Zoom

Dr Aidan Beatty has trawled through diaries, articles and newspapers to bring us the story of Engels and his very close connections with the Irish people. This promises to be a fascinating story and an insight into the lives, loves and interactions of capitalists and factory workers.

The Clan Costello, Irish Research

The Manchester Genealogist

An article in The Manchester Genealogist, 1997, about the difficulty of finding a place of origin for Irish Ancestors. Discusses surnames Costello, Travers, Waldron and Frain who were believed to be in the areas of County Mayo, Kilmovee and Ballyglass. Log in required to read the article.

The Catholic Register Index

List of resources

Which Catholic church records have been transcribed? This page, in the Irish Ancestry Group section . Research / Local Interest has a fairly up to date list of CDs and/or Downloads that can be purchased from the socity shop. You can also use the Search link at the top of the page to search by name.

Upcoming Irish Interests Events

Oct 27, 2021: The Two Irish Wives of Friedrich Engels by Dr Aidan Beatty

Dr Aidan Beatty brings us the story of Friedrich Engels and his very close connections with the Irish people. Hosted by MLFHS Irish Interests

October 6th, 2021: Irish Family History, Carol Wells

A practical guide by Carol Wells to help you find - and possibly locate - your ancestors but using a range of Irish free resources.

December 2nd, 2021: Old Ireland in Colour, Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley and John Breslin

A talk based on the authors' books of colourised black and white photographs documenting the rich history of Ireland.

January 19th, 2022: Irish Unmarried Mothers in Britain, Dr Lorraine Grimes

For most of the Twentieth Century, hundreds of Irish unmarried mothers migrated to Britain annually, in order to escape the stigma associated with unmarried motherhood in Ireland. This ​talk looks at what happened to some of those women once they landed in Britain, particularly in Liverpool, Birmingham and London. 

Irish Ancestry - Events

Whilst the Irish Ancestry Group has been resting for a while, the members of the group have continued with their important and valuable work of transcribing and indexing catholic church registers to preserve amd to improve access to relevant archival material. Interest in Irish ancestry remains as high as ever amongst our members and visitors, and the Society continues to provide talks and resources on Irish themes. In this 'Irish Ancestry Group' section we will list society meetings that relate to Irish Research and also develop resource lists to help our members to research their Irish heritage.

Irish Ancestry Events

Exploring our Irish Heritage

Updated 3rd September 2021

Whilst he Irish Ancestry Group of the MLFHS has been resting, the members have continued in their valuable work of transcribing catholic church registers. Interest in Irish/Manchester ancestry remains as high as ever amongst our members and visitors, and the provision of talks by Jill Williams, Madeline Best and Carol Wells has continued throughout this period, hosted by Manchester, Bolton and Anglo Scottish sections.

As we look forward to a less restrictive post-Covid era, we will contnue to provide talks with Irish themes and we will post details on this page with a link to the section organising the talk and to the Eventbrite booking link. Admission to these talks is free of charge to all members of the MLFHS, a small charge is usually payable by non-members.

Upcoming Events in Irish Ancestry

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