Irish Family History Symposium, April 16

Drew University’s Caspersen school of Graduate Studies, The Irish in New Jersey, and The Genealogical Society of New Jersey invite you to:
Emigrants and Exiles: An Irish Family History Symposium
Mead Hall
Drew University
Madison, NJ 07940 


Saturday, 16 April 2011  Lectures 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Light breakfast and Registration from 8:30 am

Lectures followed by a reception sponsored by the Genealogical Society of New Jersey ‘The Famine is only part of the Story. Why our ancestors emigrated’ 

Professor Christine Kinealy, Drew University, has written and lectured extensively on the Irish Famine. She is the author of Tracing Your Irish Roots and A Death Dealing Famine. The Great Hunger in Ireland.

‘Right Annie. Wrong Annie.’

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak is a popular writer, speaker and TV guest. Megan Smolenyak² does all she can to get the g-word out there and inspire others in their quest for roots. In addition to consulting on shows ranging from Who Do You Think You Are? To Top Chef, Megan is the author of five books.

‘Immigrant Imprints: American and Irish records that tell the story’

Dr. Anne Rodda, Certified Genealogist. Dr. Rodda earned the Doctor of Letters degree from Drew University, concentration in Irish Studies. She has been specializing in Irish genealogy for twenty years, doing research in the New York/New Jersey area and in Ireland.

“Looking For Katie: The McCormack Family in America’

Dr. Thomas Callahan, Professor at Rider University, earned a PhD. in History from the University of Connecticut. He is currently completing a study on “Ireland or America: A Family’s Choices” – A study of the McCormack Family of County Roscommon in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries.

‘Family History From A Religious Perspective’

Alan Delozier is the Director of Special Collections and University Archivist, Seton Hall University. He earned Master’s Degrees from Villanova University and Rutgers University. He is working on his dissertation in pursuit of a Doctor of Letters degree from Drew with a concentration in Irish Studies. His book The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark will be published in Fall 2011.

‘Imagining the Past: Using Historical Resources to Find Stories from the Past’

Julie Wilson Sakellariadis is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Business School, currently Vice Chair of the Board of Managers of the New York Botanical Garden. She has done extensive research on her Anglo-Irish ancestors from Counties Tipperary and Wexford and their emigration to America.

‘Offbeat Records in Irish-American Research’

Claire Keenan Agthe is a professional genealogist, specializing in Irish, Philadelphia, New York and Trenton research. She is a member of many Irish, English, and US genealogical societies, is a Vice President of GSNJ, and is the author of the NGS guide, Research in the States: New Jersey.

‘Family History Search Catches a Tammany Tiger’

Judith E. Campbell received her Masters from Drew and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Letters program. After more than 30 years in the financial services industry, Ms.Campbell began her educational journey in 2008, specializing in Irish and Irish American History. Her concentrations thus far have centered on the Irish in New York City and the impact of Irish America on the establishment of  an independent Ireland.

DEADLINE: 1 April 2011





Registration Fee: $45.00

Registration includes a light breakfast, lunch, and post-conference reception.

Indicate: Check: _____ Cash: _____

Sorry, we cannot accept debit or credit cards for this event.

Make check payable to Drew University

Please indicate membership:
] GSNJ [ ] Non-Member

Register by April 1 to ensure seating and meals. (Late registrations welcome but printed syllabus and lunch cannot be assured.)

Mail this form and payment

Emigrants and Exiles
c/o Nicole Anderson
37 Belton St
Stanhope, NJ 07874

Send one form for each person. Copies are acceptable.
Questions? Contact Nicole Anderson at: <> or call Joan Lowry at 201-306-0598



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