Since 2013, the National Genealogical Society has honored the quarterly Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum annually. The Newsletter has won the local society category of the NGS newsletter competition four times and has been runner-up in the other years.
The Newsletter has also taken first prize three times in the Excellence-in-Writing Competition sponsored by the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, as well as placing second and third several times.
The Newsletter features articles on such topics as Irish genealogy resources, repositories, websites, members’ research experiences, and the occupations and traditions of our Irish ancestors; Irish and Irish American history; research tips; recommended books; information on upcoming Forum lectures and events; a calendar of local Irish and genealogy events; information on national conferences; Forum news; and many other items of interest. The Newsletter is indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI).
Click here for a sample of our newsletter.
Members can access our Newsletter Archives in Member Resources.
Recent issues of the Forum Newsletter have included articles on:
✔ Tracing Irish ancestors in New York City
✔ Headstone research
✔ Coroner’s records
✔ Irish genealogy groups in the U.S.
✔ Catholic parish registers in Ireland
✔ Church of Ireland sacramental registers
✔ Irish genealogy websites
✔ Ireland’s national school records
✔ Causes of death in nineteenth-century death records
✔ Civil War ancestors
✔ Griffiths’ Valuation
✔ Tithe Applotment and Defaulters Lists
✔ Researching Irish Civil Birth, Marriage, and Death Records
✔ 1901 and 1911 Irish censuses
✔ Local historical societies in Ireland
✔ Researching World War I ancestors
✔ Ireland in 1911: The haves and have-nots
✔ Irish marriage settlements
✔ Tracing Your Family History: Getting Started
✔ Occupations of our Irish ancestors: cooper; blacksmith
✔ Lives of our Irish ancestors: cutting the turf; hurling
✔ Irish traditions: women’s Christmas; St. John’s night; feast of St. Brigid; Beltane; Lunasa, Michaelmas, and Samhain
✔ Irish soldiers in World War I
✔ Homes for World War I veterans in Ireland
✔ Holdings of the Forum Library
✔ Researching Common Names
✔ Creating family history calendars
✔ Citing Your Genealogical Sources