This workshop will look at the records available for tracing the Irish experience in the First World War, the 1916 Rising and the Irish War of Independence.
The years 1912-23 saw the deaths of over 55,000 from Ireland in armed conflict, from the fields of France to the streets of Dublin. Irish men and women took up arms to fight for Irish freedom, to defend the Empire and to liberate Belgium.
They joined the Ulster Volunteer Force, the Irish Citizen Army, the Irish (National) Volunteers, the Irish Republican Brotherhood and the Irish Republican Army. Around 200,000 Irishmen joined the British Army, while others fought in the American, Canadian and Australian armies.
This workshop will untangle the complexities of the surviving records and what you are likely to find.
Throughout the afternoon (12 noon to 3.30pm) there will be free access to more than 100 million Irish records on Findmypast and over 2 billion records for the rest of the world. Advice from a genealogy expert will also be available.
This workshop is part of the Ulster Museum’s contribution to the European Heritage Open Days Weekend and is organised in partnership with Creative Centenaries.