Searching for Those Elusive Irish
Saturday, April 4, 2015, 10:00 a.m
North Kansas City Library
2251 Howell St., NKC, MO
Barbara Scanlon will cover some myths and facts about Irish Genealogy. In addition she will talk about her favorite free Irish genealogy web sites along with the favorite magazines and books that she has used. She will also share a list of downloadable Irish genealogy resources and a list of Irish web sites that are hyper-linked.
Barbara McTygue Scanlon is the the Genealogy Specialist at the Kansas City Irish Center. In addition to that role she is the Genealogy Committee Co-Chair of the Kansas City Irish Festival. Barbara was born in Lexington, Nebraska and attended grade and high school in Overton, Nebraska. A graduate of Kearney State College and was married in Kearney, Nebraska. Her work in genealogy started at age 12 with a interview of her grandfather, a single sheet of handwritten family history in her grandparents living room in Eddyville, Nebraska. The curiosity of a 12 year old grew to a life's passion of genealogy. Barbara has learned so much about her family history in the past 10 years. Her father was 100% Irish with Church of Ireland, Irish Quaker and Roman Catholic ancestors. Her mother has three Irish lines, Roman Catholic, Irish Quaker and Scots-Irish Presbyterians discovered in January of 2013. With Barbara’s Irish heritage and her husband Ed's Irish roots, Irish genealogy and history grew to a labor of love.
Barbara is a member of the National Genealogy Society and has attended their annual conferences. She also is a member of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. For the past five years she attended their ‘British Institute’ in Salt Lake City which is a weeklong class on Irish genealogy. Last year Barbara attended the Ancestral Connection week-long Irish Genealogy Class at University College Cork in Ireland. Barbara has done research in Ireland since 1990.
Barbara speaks at Irish Festivals, Community History Societies and various organizations. Barbara's family ties to Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Ireland give her a vast insight in finding your connection to Ireland. Barbara uses her Irish family as an examples of how and when the family immigrated from Ireland and how their family name evolved along the way. Her speaking presentations are full of Irish history, how-to genealogy help and in the Irish fashion a few good laughs.
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