Getting Started in Irish Family Research Learn how to get started uncovering the stories of your Irish ancestors! In this lecture, Melanie McComb, genealogist with American Ancestors and the New England Historic Genealogical Society, will show you how to take the first steps in tracing your genealogy back to Ireland. Learn about the key records and resources available to you for uncovering your family’s history.
Melanie McComb, Genealogist, assists library visitors, both on-site and online, with their family history research. She also provides lectures on a variety of genealogical topics. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Oswego. Her areas of research interest include Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Kansas, Prince Edward Island, Québec, and Ireland, and she is experienced in DNA, genealogical technology and social media, Jewish genealogy, and military records.
Thank you to Bill McEvoy for joining us for this week’s Lunchtime Lectures from the Cambridge Room. We had a wonderful turnout of enthusiastic people eager to learn more about the Mount Auburn Catholic Cemetery and the 23,000 individuals – mostly Irish – buried there.
Forgotten Irish of Mount Auburn Catholic Cemetery Join us for a presentation by cemetery historian Bill McEvoy, Jr. on the obscure Mount Auburn Catholic Cemetery in Watertown. Discover the stories of some of the 23,000 individuals buried there, the vast majority of whom were Irish, fleeing the Great Famine of the 1840s. Learn about what it was like to be an immigrant in 19th Century Boston – where they lived, how they died, and why they were buried in Watertown in a Catholic-only cemetery.
This project was the result of a four-year, 7,000+ hour, in-depth study of the 23,000+ people buried there. McEvoy has embarked on several ambitious research projects involving local cemeteries, such as Mount Auburn Cemetery and the cemetery at Rainsford Island in Boston Harbor. His book, Catholic Mount Auburn Cemetery, East Watertown, MA., is available as a free download.
Bill McEvoy, Jr. is a US Army Veteran and retired Massachusetts District Court Magistrate. Since his retirement in 2009, McEvoy has conducted large-scale cemetery research projects, including several at Cambridge’s Mount Auburn Cemetery as well as a four-year study on the Catholic Mount Auburn Cemetery in Watertown. His most recent work uncovering the story of Rainsford Island, an off-shore hospital for Boston’s unwanted, led him to write about Alice North Towne Lincoln, who was instrumental in shutting down the island.
Who: New England Historical Genealogical Society sponsored by American Express Travel What: Preparing your research trip to Ireland
When: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: 39 JFK Street, Cambridge
Cost: Free with complimentary parking for first 20 guests to RSVP RSVP:www.cambridgetraveloffice.com