Genealogy research is more than the pursuit of knowledge. It is a search for a generational continuum of mind and spirit, urged on by echoes from the past.
How many of us have boxes of black and white photos recording the proud faces of our ancestors? Some are strangers, some we know through stories, and some do not even grace the family images we treasure. They are only whispers in the annals of family memory.
Thanks to Martine Brennan I found this lovely quotation this week.
“Walking I am listening to a deeper way.
Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me.
Be still, they say. Watch and listen.
You are the result of the love of thousands.”
– Linda Hogan, Native American writer.
A family tree is not merely a recording of who, what, when and where, nor simply a collection of intertwined branches of names and dates. It is a deeply rooted connection to our heritage and spiritual past.
The quest to learn more about those who have shaped our lives is an honorable pursuit. I was delighted to learn that University College Cork is hosting a genealogy summer school this year to help all genealogists, from beginners to advanced researchers.
For anyone who is planning to be in Ireland in July, this wonderful, week-long, genealogy course might be of interest. One-day participation is also available. Here are further details from the website:
Ancestral Connections: Names, Places and Spaces
Irish Genealogy Summer School,
University College Cork,
June 30-July 6, 2013
This genealogy summer school offers a complete course in the latest Irish genealogy research, as one would expect from a summer school held in UCC, one of the world’s leading universities. All aspects of the subject are covered by a series of presentations and ‘hands on’ workshops given by a selection of Ireland’s leading genealogical lecturers and experts.
The latest online and offline sources are described and explained in presentations which will be of great interest to the seeker of Irish roots and family history, whether beginner or expert.
Thankfully, it is not all work. A number of trips are offered featuring sites and locations including Fota House, the Queenstown Experience in Cobh, and Spectacular Killarney with its beautiful mountains and lakes. Not forgetting, optional evening tours to sites of interest in Cork itself, ‘the Venice of Ireland’, Blarney Castle and the beautiful harbour town of Kinsale.
A one-day conference at The Summer School Ancestral Connections is also offered and coordinated by the Cork Archaelogical & Historical Society. Founded in 1891, the society is one of the oldest local interest societies in Ireland.
Rates – Residential/Non-Residential/Concession:
Full residential: Accommodation, Full board at Victoria Lodge, tuition, fieldtrips, excursions and conference: €775.00
Non residential: €575.00 (We can supply a list of recommended providers on request
Concession – Residential – (Historical & cultural groups, students, Over 55’s) residential €658.75
Concession – Non Residential (Historical & cultural groups, students, Over 55’s, retired) non residential €488.75
Day rates – €95.00 Day rates concession rate – € 80.75 (Historical & cultural groups, students, Over 55’s)
Contact Details UCC: Ancestral Connections Summer School:
Co-ordinator: Lorna Moloney at E-mail: [email protected] or Telephone 353-0-85-872-1184
Executive Assistant, Lindy Meldon E-mail: [email protected] or Telephone: 353 -0-21-49-4700.
So if you are only starting to climb your family tree to discover the branches, leaves and limbs, or are ready to dig deeply in search of those far-reaching roots, this course may be of great interest to you.
Slán agus beannacht!
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
P.S. Irish American Mom does not have any business relationships with UCC. Discussion of this course is simply a means of providing information about a wonderful educational opportunity.