2019 Expert Workshop Irish Family History Centre

In 2019 the Military Archives hosted lectures curated by Fiona Fitzsimons of the Irish Family History Centre as part of the Expert Workshop series. These workshops were recorded and can be accessed on this page.

Tahitia McCabe (of Strathclyde University) gave an enlightening talk on Genealogy's Community of Practice and Developing Genealogical Education. The talk was given as part of the Expert Workshop series, curated by Fiona Fitzsimons, and hosted by the Military Archives. 

McCabe discussed ways in which genealogy educators can best teach and support students through their journey to become dependable researchers ready to join a community of practice.

She also considered which topics should be taught, for example, citation, using quality sources, ethics and standards of genealogical proof. A thought provoking Q&A ensured that different outlooks were considered.


Tahitia McCabe is the course director for the University of Strathclyde's Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies Postgraduate Programme. She is also the lead educator on the Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree 'massive online open course' (MOOC) available through FutureLearn.

Dr Rachel Murphy gave an illuminating talk on environmental history in which she examined human responses to marine resources and linked present-day attitudes and values with those of the past through historical, literary and visual sources.

Taking the West Cork coast as a case study, Rachel showed how humanities scholars have engaged with scientists to come to a deeper understanding of perceptions towards, and relationships with, the Irish coastline.

Based on research conducted on the Irish Research Council-funded Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures project at University College Cork, the presentation explores the biological, cultural and historical context of the south west coast of Ireland from 1700 to 1920.

Dr Aine Sheehan gave an informative talk on the economics of empire and how markets and fairs in 19th-century Ireland were about so much more than just selling produce. They have always been social hubs for rural Ireland, but Dr Sheehan showed how they were also the connection points linking local harvests to international trade.

Through Local Government records, Dr Sheehan shone a light on the surprising connections between grassroots communities and the broader social, political and economic developments of Imperial Britain.

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