British Isles Special Interest Group

The leader of this SIG is Cindy Rylands (BritishSIG@NorthHillsGenealogists.org).  Meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month at 11:00AM in St. Catherine of Sweden church on Wildwood road (GoogleMap). Meeting times and dates are subject to change.  Please check our website Events calendar or Meetup.com (http://www.meetup.com/North-Hills-Genealogists/) for additional details to confirm dates and times of upcoming meetings. 
 
 
Below please find notes from recent meetings:
 
JUNE MEETING RECAP:
During the June meeting, the group had an informal discussion about their genealogy plans for the summer. As well, they also discussed which programs they are currently using to computerize family records.

APRIL MEETING RECAP:
In the April meeting, a member presented a slide show about her journey finding information on one line of her family tree. The group discussed the importance of embracing technology and utilizing computer programs to input family tree information. Starting points were suggested as family members of whom a great deal of information is already known, figuring out how to privatize online family trees, and organizing information based on the various lines of the family trees. The May 4th meeting will be the last meeting until September.
 
MARCH MEETING RECAP:
Two members, John and Judy Esposito, gave a very informative talk about oral history interviews and their uses. They shared "what" devices to record interviews with, as well as "what" to do after the interview with the information gleaned from the subject of the interview. One of their most important tips was to "Keep the interview interactive to cover topics logically and efficiently."
 
JANUARY MEETING RECAP:
At the January meeting, the group held a round table and talked "All Things Genealogy."
 
DECEMBER MEETING RECAP:
At the December meeting, the group discussed the number of ancestors and/or descendants.
 
NOVEMBER MEETING RECAP:
In their November meeting, the members that attended the NHG Fall Conference discussed what they learned at the conference, their insights, thoughs on the lectures, etc. A big part of the discussion was in regards to the "numbering" system that one of the speakers discussed at the conference and "how" to choose the main person in your family tree.
 
OCTOBER MEETING RECAP:
This month, the Griffith Valuation Reports were discussed. These established the value of the land and buildings in Ireland in the middle of the 18th century. The group also discussed how to find information in Ireland based on county, barony, townland. Several people in the group had made substantial progress over the summer in finding "their roots," so they group also discussed WHO they found and HOW.
 
SEPTEMBER MEETING RECAP:
At the September meeting, the group discussed the various "genealogy toolboxes" that they make use of:  what they are and what they include. This was followed by a discussion of the "finds" members made over the summer and some of their genealogy adventures, as well as how to find unmarked graves using divining rods.‚Äč  
 
MAY MEETING RECAP:
This month consisted of sharing Web sites for records in Ireland, and continuing to discuss “case studies”.  One member shared a news release from the National Library of Ireland about records being available online July 8th, and a link that provides tools for searching passenger lists. 
 
APRIL MEETING RECAP:
Members were asked to bring in 1 specific problem for the group to discuss. Using his own problem of researching as an example, temporary group leader Rich Hayden provided to the group several great ideas of resources to explore.