Join us for our spring Genealogy Workshops

Maine Irish Heritage Center

Are you interested in getting started with researching your family heritage?  These workshops will be geared to the Genealogy beginner as well as those who are interested in their family DNA!.

 Session 1  Tuesday, 4/1  6:30  – 8:30 pm

Introduction to Researching your Family Roots

This is an introductory session for those who are interested in building their family tree.

  • Introduction to researching – with a power point outline of types of research and methods used
  • Tools and information needed to get started.
  • Discussion of Web sites and resources available
  • Where can you look for clues?
  • Question and answer session


Session 2 Sunday, 4/6  3:00 – 5:00 pm

Portland-specific research and the Portland Irish

  • Brief history of the Portland Irish immigrants in the 19th century and their influence on Portland
  • Specific discussion on the Portland and Maine Irish
  • Discussion of tools and genealogy research sites within the city and how to access them


Session 3 Sunday, 4/13  3:00 – 5:00 pm

DNA and its part in the Genealogy Quest

  • Introductory overview of DNA and its importance in tracing your connections
  • Discussion of the MIHC Maine Gaeltacht Project and how you can obtain your DNA results
  • What you can learn from your DNA and how to make family connections
  • Question and Answer Session


Session 4 Sunday, 4/27  3:00 – 5:00 pm

Genealogy Roundtable Discussion and a tour of the MIHC

This will be an interactive session allowing the group leaders to work with individuals to help them move forward with their research.

  • Participants will be shown what is available within the MIHC Library and they will be given a tour of the facility.


Limit of 15 people per class.  $20 per session or $60 for all 4 sessions. $5 discount per class for MIHC members.

Please sign up via e mail to Deb Gellerson at An e mail will be returned to you with confirmation that you are in the class.  Payment at that time can be made to the Maine Irish Heritage Center, PO Box 7588, Portland, ME 04112.  Payment must be received prior to class attendance.  Thank you!


We look forward to seeing you there and helping you on your journey!

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