Posted By:Mary Ellen Grogan
Subject:Irish Genealogy Conference, January 2009
Post Date:January 07, 2008 at 12:08:13
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The Irish Ancestral Research Association ( is organizing an Irish genealogy cruise in January 2009. You do not have to be a member to join the cruise. We want to create an opportunity for everyone to learn how to research Irish families.

As every reader of Dick Eastman’s newsletter knows, genealogy conferences held on cruise ships have become very popular. The price is comparable to attending a national conference and you get a fabulous vacation at the same time! This is also a wonderful opportunity to travel with friends and family who are not interested in your passion. There really is something for everyone on modern ships.

This trip will focus on Irish research. All speakers have presented at national genealogical conferences and are recognized as knowledgeable in their fields. There will be two tracks. Track 1 will have lectures on basic resources and techniques for Irish research. Track 2 will focus on more advanced topics and is intended for those with experience in using Irish records. The first thirty registrants will be given a one-hour private consultation with one of the professional genealogists on the program.

Valerie Adams, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast
Mary Ellen Grogan, TIARA, Boston
George B. Handran, expert on Griffith's Valuation, Boston
Michael J. Leclerc, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston
Gregory O’Connor, National Archives of Ireland, Dublin
Eileen and Sean O’Duill, Dublin
[John Grenham sends his regrets. He has already committed to a conference in Australia.]

DATES: Saturday, January 10 through Sunday, January 18, 2009

SHIP: Royal Caribbean, Independence of the Seas
This is Royal Caribbean’s newest ship. It is only now being built and will come into service in May 2008. Independence is a sister ship to Freedom of the Seas. If you watch the Travel Channel, there is an hour-long program on Freedom of the Seas hosted by Samantha Brown. Independence will be a large ship, but it will have something for everyone from the Conference Center to the FlowRider surf simulator.

ITINERARY: 8 nights in the Eastern Caribbean. Cruise begins and ends in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with day visits to: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Royal Caribbean’s private beach at Labadee, Haiti. The lectures are scheduled for the three “At Sea” days. They will not conflict with opportunities to visit the ports.

Please join us. For detailed information on the cruise, go to the TIARA website ( and click on “Trips”.

Any questions? Contact Mary Ellen Grogan at I will be happy to email or surface mail a copy of the brochure.

Mary Ellen Grogan, TIARA Vice-President