The Genealogy Event 2016: Adare, County Limerick


For the third year running The Genealogy Event has come to Limerick. Sponsored by, it offered a wealth of up to date information on researching your Irish ancestors using familiar genealogical resources but also some lesser known sources. The genealogy conference was held in the picturesque location of Adare, County Limerick and organiser Bridget Bray, a Canadian lady with roots in Limerick, offered attendees the opportunity to take their research further by connecting with fellow research enthusiasts and professionals working in the field of Irish genealogy.

In addition to the two day conference, Bridget Bray, organised a reception night and social evening events, including a visit to an Irish county house and a whiskey tasting session.

od6b0085Talks and one to one consultations were offered by RootsIreland member centres over the two day event. Brian Mitchell of Derry Genealogy Centre presented a case study on tracing the Irish roots of Mary T. Fisher, a lady’s companion in Boston in the 1880s. Catriona Crowe of Limerick Genealogy spoke about the importance of property valuation records when tracing a family history and Aoife Ryan, also of Limerick Genealogy explored handwriting interpretation. Over the two days, attendees had the opportunity to discuss their research with genealogists from RootsIreland in one to one consultations.

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And the good news is that The Genealogy Event returns to Adare in 2017! For further details, please see In the meantime if you would like some advice or assistance in research your Irish ancestors please contact Limerick Genealogy or any of the Roots Ireland genealogy centres. Contact details for each centre can be found here at


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2 Responses to The Genealogy Event 2016: Adare, County Limerick

  1. Lori Miller says:

    Interesting that there is a conference in the town where my family tree seems to have some roots. I’ve been trying to find some more information on a Thomas Holmes (b. about 1800) and his wife Mary Stack (b. about 1800) I know both their children have records from the Catholic church there in Adare. I just found a baptism record for their daughter Ann(a) Holmes for October 15, 1834. There is also a marriage record for their daughter Margaret Holmes from whom I am descended. She married Thomas Piggott November 1844, there in Adare. I found these things on and as far as records from the Church in Adare, they don’t seem to go back far enough to get Margaret’s baptism since she was born in 1824. They only seem to have back to 1832. I wonder if prior year records exist and just aren’t available on Ancestry yet. I was hoping to find evidence of more children. Margaret and her sister Anna both ended up in Indiana in the U.S. and came over during the 1850’s. There appears to have been some sort of estate after the death of Thomas and Mary Holmes because their daughter Margaret and her family suddenly came up in the world and there was a farm suddenly in her name in the 1880’s, even though her husband was still living. I haven’t found much on Thomas and Mary Holmes there in Ireland other than those records I mentioned above. I have confirmation of Mary’s maiden name due to an obituary and death certificate for her daughter Ann Holmes Flaherty,

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