Fiona Fitzsimons, our co-founder and Director, gives us a quick update on what she’s been up to (on both sides of the Atlantic) in the last month.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me, during which I’ve spent most of my time in America, doing some incredible things, and meeting some interesting people.
I started in Boston in the New England Historic Genealogical Society. On Saturday 16th September, I led a full-day workshop on Irish family history, to a capacity audience.
From there I went on to the British Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. I was last at the British Institute in 2015, and was invited back this year to lead the Irish Track, where I was leading workshops on finding Irish Ancestors before the Great Famine. We all had a great week of learning and I received some kind words back from the attendees:
While in Salt Lake City, I came across Comic con and had to stop for the obligatory photo:
I returned to Ireland in time to speak at Trinity 425, a symposium on ‘Trinity through the Centuries’, held on campus, on September 26th, to celebrate the 425th anniversary of the founding of Trinity College Dublin. I was fortunate to be talking alongside some brilliant speakers – An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD gave the opening address and The Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast spoke on Trinity in its fifth century, among others.
I spoke on the entrepreneurial origins of Trinity College Dublin, which was very well received by the College, Fellows and assembled audience. We had a lovely evening toasting the college.
After the symposium, I headed back out Stateside for the Association of Professional Genealogists Board meeting in Washington. I had to change my dates because of a family illness, but in my absence was thrilled to be honoured by the APG, receiving a certificate of appreciation in absentia.
I’m back in Ireland now, but excited about the ideas that came out of discussions, meeting and talking with so many fellow genealogists. I always love hearing other people’s thoughts and ideas. Thank you to everyone I met on my travels, your interest informs and inspires me.
I’m starting genealogy courses in Trinity College Dublin, and Blanchardstown Library this week, and am excited about what this next term will bring.
By Fiona Fitzsimons