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Thursday, August 21, 2014

NEAPG Meeting with the O'Duills - August 17, 2014

On Sunday my genealogy friend and colleague Sharon Daly and I attended a meeting of the New England Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG) hosted by Marian Pierre-Louis. The featured presenters were Eileen and Sean O'Duill who had traveled from Ireland earlier in the week to lecture at the Celtic Connections Conference at Bentley University. Eileen and Sean offered two additional presentations for the NEAPG meeting that were not offered at the Celtic Connections Conferences.

Eileen led an informative lecture, "Dublin, 30th June 1922: Did Everything Blow Up?" The focus of Eileen's presentation was to detail the classes of records that were destroyed in 1922 and to identify alternate replacement sources. Eileen's husband Sean followed with a talk entitled "Death and Burial Customs in 19th Century Ireland" in an informal, engaging style, revealing his expertise as a storyteller and folklorist.

The meeting was well-attended and a great success. After the meeting Sharon and I had the chance to catch up with many of our genealogy friends and colleagues. I wish to thank the O'Duills for their wonderful presentations, the NEAPG for a delightful event and Marian Pierre-Louis for her hospitality.

Eileen and Sean are a husband-and-wife team specializing in Irish genealogy, history, and folklore. For additional information about their research services, lectures, and workshops please visit their website at http://www.heirsireland.com.

The New England Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG) is a satellite chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). For additional information about NEAPG please visit their website at http://www.neapg.org/. For additional information about APG please visit their website at https://www.apgen.org/.

For additional information about the Celtic Connections Conference please visit http://www.celtic-connections.org and my blog post Celtic Connections Conference - August 15 and 16, 2014.

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