Richmond Barracks

People, places and times past: An introduction to local history research

Have you ever wanted to find out more about the history of your local area? 

In this 6 week workshop led by historian Dr. Declan Brady you will learn how to do your own local history research.  Each week will cover different ways of finding information about the people and places of your neighbourhood in times past.

You will learn where to find information in existing archives, registries and records and how to write up your research. You will also learn how to find local history from other sources such as religious, business and military records, newspapers, maps, photographs and even music and song. 

This introduction to researching local history will be a  fascinating journey for anyone interested in finding out more about their local area.

Dr. Declan Brady is a professional genealogist and historian with considerable experience researching and teaching local and family history and delivering genealogy workshops for beginners and experienced family historians. He recently completed a History PhD at Maynooth University where he has been a John Hume scholar.

The course dates are: Oct 28th, Nov 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and Dec 2nd

Each week will cover a different topic.


Oct. 28 - Week 1: Introduction to Local History: 

Methods & Organising your research; Primary and Secondary sources and where to find them; National & County Archives,Libraries & Museums; How family, local and national histories relate; appraising sources; writing up your findings.

Nov. 4 - Week 2: Places I: 

Land divisions in Ireland; place names; land records and estate records.

Nov 11 - Week 3: Places II:

Landscape and Buildings; Architecture, Archaeology & Monuments; Folklore & place

Nov 18 - Week 4: People I: 

Family Records: Census, Civil Registration and Church register records as local history sources

Nov 25 - Week 5: People II:

Life and Experiences: Work, Religion & Politics, Social, Cultural & Business sources; Military & Institutional sources for local history; printed manuscripts & directories, newspapers.

Dec. 2 - Week 6:

Further Sources for Local History: Maps, photographs, Sound and Film archives, Literary, Music & Song, Drama sources; Online sources; Sources overseas in Britain, USA & Australia.

The workshops will include a lecture format and live demonstration of how to use online sources, and an informal Q&A approach throughout. Participants will have the opportunity to share and discuss any research they undertake during the course.

Later dates for this event

Oct. 28 — Dec. 2, 2022 calendar