14 Feb 2013

Who Do You Think You Are LIVE 2013

Come and meet with Helen Kelly at the

Who Do You Think You Are  LIVE – the biggest family history event in the World –   to be held at Olympia, London from 22nd – 24th  February 2013.

As in previous years, Helen Kelly will provide free genealogy consultations on the Tourism Ireland stand at this event.

Helen will also provide the following lectures at the Society of Genealogists workshop.


Friday 22nd February – 10.30 – 11.00am

Prepare for The Gathering through Irish land and property records

The Gathering takes place all over Ireland throughout 2013 and will welcome, friends and family from all over the World to celebrate Irish culture through festivals, sporting events, music and clan gatherings.

In preparation for this wonderful celebration Helen Kelly will share her passion for Ireland’s land and property records which record tenants as well as lessors of property.

Griffith’s Valuation – published in Ireland between 1847 and 1864, and the subsequent surveys which post-date Griffith’s lead  those of Irish ancestry on a wonderful journey of discovery and to a deeper understanding of Irish heritage and homeland.


Saturday 23rd February 1.00 – 1.45pm

Search for the ancestral homestead through imaginative use of

Irish census substitutes

Continuing the theme of The Gathering, Helen will outline in this lecture, how the lack of 19th century Irish census returns places a great emphasis on the importance of Irish census substitutes.

While appreciating the limitations of Irish family history research, Helen will introduce us to, and urge us to have an imaginative approach to the myriad number of available census substitutes for Ireland


Sunday 24th February 1.50 – 2.30pm

Local history and folklore

In this lecture, Helen will discuss the range of subjects covered within the Schools’ Manuscript Collection of Irish Folklore, a collection gathered by primary-school children in the Irish Free State in 1937/8 and which includes local history, songs, folk-lore, music and other interesting subjects.

Helen will also examine some of the local history material that is available in Ireland’s County Libraries.

Helen Kelly