14:15 - 15:00

Once upon a time Irish genealogy was considered impossible, but all that has changed. True, its still difficult, but thanks to the work of archives, libraries, commercial companies and volunteer groups there are now over 140 million records online. They include traditional sources like BMDs, census and church records. But also census substitutes like the land valuation and tax records. Entirely new classes of records have been trail-blazed in Ireland, like magistrate court registers, rebel and poverty records, and much more. This session will describe what is now online and tell the story of how it happened

Brian Donovan

Brian is the Global Head of Irish Collections at findmypast.com.  He previously lectured in history at Trinity College Dublin in the 1990s and since then has lectured worldwide on history, genealogy and digitisation.  Brian’s experience in digital technology, as well as his background in history, helped motivate the founding of the well-known Irish genealogy company Eneclann in 1998. He played a key role in establishing the Irish collection at www.findmypast.com in 2011 and continues to oversee it to this day.