Report on Irish teleconference
Tonight I participated in a live genealogy teleconference on the subject of
"Irish Maps," part of a series known as "The Irish Ancestral Research
Association (TIARA) Ireland Trip." Our hostess was Sharon Sergeant of
http://ancestralmanor.com . The featured
presenter was Mary Ellen Grogan. My job was to listen and become familiar with
the teleconference process.
TELECONFERENCING IS A FUN & EASY WAY
TO EXPERIENCE REAL-TIME LEARNING & FIND TIME TO TALK WITH LIKE-MINDED
RESEARCHERS. Prior to the scheduled conference, Sharon sent ol' Myrt
an e-mail with both telephone and PIN numbers to connect to the scheduled Irish
teleconference. She also provided a link to a 14-page "handout" to go along with
the presentation. It was in .pdf format and took only a moment or two to obtain.
I saved it to my hard drive, although one could just view it online during the
teleconference as an alternative.
HOW DID THE TELECONFERENCE WORK?
- At the appointed hour, I dialed the number and
punched in the PIN number. Since I have a Vonage telephone line, the cost of
the call is part of my monthly unlimited service.
- At the beginning, I was asked to state my name,
so the hostess would be able to recognize my arrival.
- Then hostess explained how the open-format
discussion will follow each segment of Mary Ellen Grogan's presentation. If
the group became too large, I believe the hostess could mute all of us, so the
presenter could go forward.
- The presenter was introduced & each of us
settled back and listened to Grogan's presentation.
- There was time to "unmute" oneself and pose a
question so the presenter and other attendees could answer my question.
- Poor Law Union is about ten mile radius from a
point, designating who will support the workhouse for that area.
- Poor Law Union maps (1838) were the basis for
the later Superintendent Register Districts.
- The vital records from 1864 (birth, marriage &
death records) list name, year and Poor Law Union.
WEBSITES MENTIONED DURING TONIGHT'S TELECONFERENCE. These URLS were
derived from the conversation of the conference participants, and not from the
handout. Ol' Myrt wrote them down before attempting to visit each website.
www.Seanruad.com - Database from the 1851 index to townlands.
http://www.pasthomes.com - a site for old Irish maps.
Griffith's Primary Valuation of Ireland records and maps, Irish Wills Index
(1484-1858), the 1851 Dublin City Census, Militia Attestations Index
1872-1915, Irish Royal Garrison Artillery Records, Dublin City 1847 Ordnance
Survey Town Plans, etc.
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If teleconferencing sounds good to you, then sign up for the free mailing list
at AncestralManor.com by clicking "CONTACT US" and then opting in for the list.
I just signed up myself, but have been assured the mailing list will announce
upcoming teleconference schedules.
MY REACTION TO THIS TELECONFERENCE? I simply love the idea of connecting with
other researchers in real time, where no typing is required! It's a great use of
technology to further our understanding of genealogy research methods.
Happy family tree climbing!