Do you have an interesting tale to tell about one of your Irish ancestors? Then the Irish Genealogical Research Society would like to hear from you. Since the Society’s beginning, eighty years ago, their main objective has been to offset the loss of the Irish Public Records at the Four Courts, Dublin, in 1922, by creating a unique collection of Irish genealogical material. That founding policy continues to this day and is the stimulus for the Society to celebrate its 80th anniversary by creating a special archive of the personal stories of Irish-born ancestors.
The IGRS are interested in hearing about one special ancestor in no more than 2,500 words. They are not asking you to deposit whole family trees, although you are welcome to include a short branch at the end it you wish to place your ancestor in context. They ask you to introduce your chosen ancestor with a few words explaining why they are important to you; and to end with some personal reflections on their life to make the story yours, too.
All stories received will be deposited the Society’s 80th Anniversary Archive and they intend to publish a selection of them as an e-book. If you would like to submit a story, you are asked send it to the project co-coordinator, Ruth Mathewson, including your full name, address, and email address. The deadline to make a submission is Wednesday, 31st August 2016.