Our Virtual Spring Institute on Irish Research with John Grenham was an excellent day of learning. Thank you to John for the four excellent webinars and the handouts! If you missed it, you can still purchase the recordings (4 webinars plus the Q & A) and have access to them until 30 April 2023. Handouts are yours to download and keep.


Virtual Spring Institute on Irish Research with John Grenham

For information on topics and pricing, please see our Irish Spring Institute page.

John Grenham was Project Manager with the Irish Genealogical Project from 1991 to 1995 and later went on to develop and market his own genealogical software, 'Grenham's Irish Recordfinder." In 2005, he was the first Genealogist-in-Residence at Dublin City Library. He was awarded a fellowship of The Irish Genealogical Society of Ireland in 2010. He is the author of Tracing your Irish Ancestors (5th ed. Dublin, Baltimore MD, 2019) the standard reference guide for Irish genealogy, The Atlantic Coast of Ireland (2014), Clans and Families of Ireland (1995), and An Illustrated History of Ireland (1997), among other works. He wrote the "Irish Roots" column in The Irish Times from 2009 to 2016, develops heritage databases, and ran the Irish Ancestors website in conjunction with The Irish Times until 2016. He now runs the successor website at www.johngrenham.com.

2022-23 Winter Webinar Series

Our Winter Webinar Series is back! Webinars are free to watch during the live presentation at 11am EST. Access to recordings is a member benefit.  Please see our Winter Webinar Series page for a list of the webinars, dates, presenters and to register.

Coming Up on 1 April 2023 at 11am EDT

Helen Smith presents
Begotten by Fornication: Illegitimacy Records in England and Wales


Download the handout here

Helen V. Smith

Helen V Smith has been researching since 1986 in Australia, England, Ireland and Wales with forays into Canada, USA, South Africa and New Zealand chasing  her wandering relatives. She has registered the surname Quested, with the Guild of One Name Studies and has researched them around the world. She is a professional researcher actively involved in genetic genealogy since 2011, helping people looking for biological family as well as those trying to make sense of their DNA results. She has been presenting since 1992 and has presented in Australia, England, Canada,  USA, and aboard many genealogical cruises. 

She’s the author of Death Certificates and Archaic Medical Terms and Google the Genealogist’s Friend and has written for a number of family history as well as scientific publications. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and Genealogical Speakers Guild. 

She is also a public health microbiologist and molecular epidemiologist since 1986.

About the webinar: Begotten by Fornication: Illegitimacy in England

There is a long history of concern of support of children conceived outside marriage as these children and their mothers were more likely to need financial assistance. There were many laws enacted from the 1500’s about who was able to claim assistance, the requirements about how this assistance was to provided and the records that needed to be kept. These records can be  treasure troves of information.

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