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Exploring Your Roots - Free Webinars

Join free on-line webinars presented by Mid and East Antrim Museum & Heritage Service. These specially tailored webinars explore aspects of family history research using local sites and Mid and East Antrim museum collections. The webinars are aimed at people who are interested in family history research or those who may be starting out in their journey of discovery.


16 February 7pm Leaving Hearth and Home: 18th Century Emigration from Ahoghill Parish with Natalie Bodle of Roots Revealed.

Book on eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/137605340277


Leaving Hearth and Home webinar is being led by genealogist Natalie Bodle of Roots Revealed https://www.rootsrevealed.co.uk/ on the theme of late 18th emigration from the Ballymena area to North America featuring Arthur Cottage near Cullybackey and Ahoghill Old Graveyard. The aim is to help explore the theme of emigration and the resources available for family history research.



17 February 7pm

Carrickfergus Churchyards: Stories behind the Stones with Dr William Roulston, Ulster Historical Foundation

Book on eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/137607003251


Two further webinars are in conjunction with the Ulster Historical Foundation https://www.ancestryireland.com/

A webinar on 17 February will see Dr William Roulston, Research Director at the Ulster Historical Foundation, explore churchyards and cemeteries within the historic town of Carrickfergus to reveal how they can be an excellent source for family history research. He will also explore the outlying graveyard at Kilroot linking a family burial there with the Andrew Jackson presidential homestead at Boneybefore The webinar will signpost relevant collections at Carrickfergus Museum and on-line resources to help in your own research.


18 February 7pm Larne: A Port Town Case Study with Dr William Roulston, Ulster Historical Foundation

Book on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/137607777567


Our webinar on 18 February will again feature Dr William Roulston weave Larne’s history as a port town in the eighteenth century highlighting significant Larne families involved in transatlantic shipping and the emigrant trade. Dr William Roulston will also demonstrate how churchyards and associated history can be an excellent source for family history research. The webinar will signpost relevant collections at Larne Museum and on-line resources to help with your own research.


Please note all webinars will be recorded.



Exploring Your Roots Webinars are produced by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and funded by the Museum Development Network, the Art Fund and NI Museums Council.