A series of video tutorials on researching your Galway family history are now available on the Galway Community Heritage website, link below.
The seven tutorials focus on the census; church records; the Tithe Applotment Books; The Primary Valuation and graveyard sources; and aim to help family history researchers get the most out of available records and advance their own research. Using a case study, the videos highlight the information available in the various sources and the most effective strategies to uncover the story of Galway ancestors.
Speaking about the tutorials, Heritage Officer Marie Mannion said that ”the continuing growth in interest in family history due to the availability of online sources, and the extra time available to us now as a result of the COVID crisis, provide an opportunity to learn more about the story of our ancestors. These are the people who survived the Great Famine, worked the land and shared what little they had with their neighbours. Our ancestors knew the sorrow of emigration as well as the joy of reunion. These are the people we come from and their stories are important and should be celebrated”.
The tutorials, which were commissioned and funded by the Heritage Office, Galway County Council, will be useful for those starting their family history research, as well as those hoping to add to what they already know.
Created by Clare Doyle each short video is now freely available to view on your phone, tablet or desktop.