April 8, 2011

Saturday, April 16th at Glucksman Ireland House

NYU’s Silver Building, Silverstein Lounge
100 Washington Square East

A black and white photograph of a large Irish family.


The theme of this year’s Glucksman Ireland House NYU University Day is “Who Do We Think We Are? The Irish Family”.

Colm Tóibín opens the program with a reading from his recent collection of short stories The Empty Family and discusses the dynamics of the Irish family in modern literature. President of the Betty Ford Institute Dr. Garrett O’Connor delivers the keynote lecture, “Resilience, Shame, Alcohol and Survival: The Tragic and Triumphant Alchemy of Irish Cultural History,” exploring the complex elements of the Irish historical experience and how that experience illuminates the Irish relationship to alcohol.

NYU Irish and Irish-American Studies faculty members Professor Linda Dowling Almeida, Professor Marion Casey and Professor Miriam Nyhan speaks on the Glucksman Ireland House NYU Oral History of Irish America project and what is revealed about the family.

Pete Hamill and Peter Quinn discuss immigrant parents and their American children; and Patricia Harty, editor of Irish America magazine talks to actress Fionnula Flanagan (The Others, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Some Mother’s Son) about Ireland and Irish America.


Day Pass: $60 | Member’s Day Pass: $50
Includes all talks 9am–5pm. Does not include VIP reception.

Premium Pass: $100 | Member’s Premium Pass: $75
Includes all talks and the VIP reception.

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Program – Saturday, April 16th

Registration and check-in

at the Silverstein Lounge in NYU’s Silver Building
100 Washington Square E, New York, NY 10003 | See Map >>
Coffee and tea provided

Welcoming remarks
Judith McGuire, President, Glucksman Ireland House Advisory Board
Session 1: The Empty Family

Colm Tóibín reads from his 2010 short story collection The Empty Family and discusses the family in contemporary Irish literature.
Introduction: Prof. John Waters, Director of Studies, Glucksman Ireland House

10:30am Coffee and tea break
Session 2: Keynote Address: “Resilience, Shame, Alcohol and Survival: The Tragic and Triumphant Alchemy of Irish Cultural History.”

Dr Garrett O’Connor, President, Betty Ford Research Institute
Introduction: Judith Magurie, President, Glucksman Ireland House Advisory Board

12:00pm Lunch Local recommendations & special deals will be provided to participants.
Session 3: The Irish Family

Professors Marion Casey, Linda Dowling Almeida, and Miriam Nyhan speak on what the Glucksman Ireland House Oral History of Irish America project reveals about the family.
Introduction: Eileen Dowling, Glucksman Ireland House Advisory Board

2:30pm Coffee and tea break
Session 4: Struggles and Opportunities: Immigrant Parents and American Children

Pete Hamill and Peter Quinn in conversation about the Irish American family.
Introduction: Eileen Reilly, Associate Director, Glucksman Ireland House

Session 5: Meditating on Ireland and Irish America

Patricia Harty, Editor, Irish America magazine, and member of the Glucksman Ireland House Board in conversation with actress Fionnula Flanagan

Closing Remarks

Jackie O’Halloran Bernstein, Deputy Consul General of Ireland, New York

Reception at Glucksman Ireland House NYU

1 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003 | See Map >>
for premium ticket holders only.
Meet the day’s presenters and the faculty of NYU Irish and Irish-American Studies

All events are supported by members of Glucksman Ireland House. Become a member.


Irish Family History Symposium, April 16

March 31, 2011

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.

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

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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


Irish Genealogy News

November 6, 2010
Here’s an announcement we picked up at on the blog, IRISH GENEALOGY NEWS
The National Library of Ireland (NLI) is planning to scan all 520 microfilms that make up its collection of Roman Catholic parish registers and put the scans online.

While they won’t be transcribed (so genealogists will still be going cross-eyed and pulling their hair out with frustration at the many illegible pages of records) nor indexed, this step would be hugely beneficial. At present, family historians have to visit the NLI in person, and only one microfilm for each parish is made available at any one time.

So, while not perfect, having this resource online would be an outstanding advance. The collection represents, for the majority of researchers, the main source of birth, marriage and death records for pre-1864 (when civil registration started).

The project is still at the tender stage, so it’s some way off, but scanning and uploading 520 films to the web isn’t an enormous undertaking and should be achievable within a year from now.
Source: John Grenham/Irish Times

Annie Moore’s Picture in Today’s New York Times

December 29, 2009

Courtesy of the Family of Anna Moore Shulman

Relatives Say Photos Depict Ellis Island’s First Immigrant

Published: December 28, 2009
For more than a century, she was lost to history. Three years ago, she was rediscovered. As it turned out, the first immigrant to set foot on Ellis Island when it opened on Jan. 1, 1892, an Irish girl named Annie Moore, did not go west and die in Texas, as had long been believed, but spent her days as a poor immigrant on the Lower East Side, dying in 1924.

A picture said to be of Annie Moore, found in a scrapbook.

Now, relatives have found two photographs of the woman they believe is the real Annie Moore.

“It is of Annie, probably in a photography studio with a baby girl, maybe a year old, in her lap,” said Michael Shulman, Annie’s great-nephew.

The story of Annie Moore, who set foot on Ellis Island on her 15th birthday, is memorialized in song and in bronze statues in New York Harbor and Ireland.

In 2006, Mr. Shulman joined four generations of descendants of Annie Moore Schayer to celebrate her rediscovery by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, a genealogist, who teamed up with Brian G. Andersson, the New York City commissioner of records, to figure out that Annie never left New York, as had long been believed.

“Megan called a few months ago, and we were just chatting,” Mr. Shulman recalled. “Then I mentioned it to my sister, Pat Somerstein, and we said, ‘Let’s start a real hunt for a picture.’ “She found one in a collection given to her by a cousin. The back of the picture is inscribed ‘Ma Schayer.’ The clothing and the quality of the picture indicate that it’s of the right time period.”

Schayer was Annie Moore’s married name. The photograph is of a woman with an infant (Mrs. Schayer and her husband had at least 11 children). A second photograph, believed to be of Mrs. Schayer years later, was found by Maureen Peterson, one of Mrs. Schayer’s great-granddaughters, in a scrapbook.

“Like the photo of Annie with a baby, this one also says ‘Mama Schayer’ on the back,” Ms. Smolenyak Smolenyak said. “Maureen believes that the handwriting is that of her Aunt Geri, who passed away in 2001. Geri was the so-called ‘crazy aunt’ who constantly insisted that her grandmother was ‘the Annie.’ She’s the reason why some of the current generation knew this part of their family history.”

Google Your Family Tree – Unlock the Hidden Power of Google

March 8, 2009
Google Your Family Tree

Google Your Family Tree

On Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m., in the McNally Amphitheatre at the Fordham University Law School at Lincoln Center (at 140 West 62nd Street, Manhattan), technical guru and professional genealogist Dan Lynch will present a lecture on unlocking the hidden power of the Google search engine, based on the material in his new book, GOOGLE YOUR FAMILY TREE. Copies of this book, highly-praised by reviewers, will be available for purchase. Details about it are at:

Dan’s PowerPoint presentation will include examples from his own Irish research and provide tips for use in genealogy, history, and additional fields. He is a former vice president of business development for Ancestry, Inc. Dan Lynch now runs Mattatuck Consulting, a firm specializing in Internet marketing solutions. He is a frequent lecturer at local and national genealogy conferences.

This program is free and open to all. There is a suggested donation of $3.00 for refreshments.

For more information on this program, visit:


October 16, 2008

For Immediate Release


IGG Will Create Online Brooklyn Brides Index for 1910-1930

NEW YORK CITY – October 16, 2008 – The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) has awarded the 2008 Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Grant to the Italian Genealogical Group (IGG). The $2,500 grant will be used to create, computerize, and place online an index to the names of women who got married in Brooklyn from 1910 through 1930.

The IGG provides free access to the public to online databases it creates from print and card indexes. The databases serve as indexes to 19th– and 20th-century birth, marriage, and death records and naturalization records for New York City’s five boroughs, Long Island’s Nassau and Suffolk counties, and some counties in northern New York State. Every name listed in the print and card indexes is included in the databases.

Nominated by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island, the IGG was chosen by the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Grant Committee from among the nominations submitted by the IAJGS’s member societies. The committee submitted its recommendation to the IAJGS’s Board of Directors for its consideration and approval. The nomination was subsequently voted on and approved at the IAJGS membership meeting at this year’s IAJGS Annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.

According to IAJGS, “The grant will make it possible for the IGG to create and computerize a Brooklyn Brides Index for 1910-1930 from original records on 268 rolls of film from the Family History Library. There is currently no such index available for this period – a period of massive Jewish immigration. The Jewish genealogy community has greatly benefited from the 12,000,000 records computerized by earlier IGG projects, and it is most appropriate to support the 1910-1930 Brooklyn Brides project, one that will surely allow many researchers to identify the descendants of female relatives who have to date been untraceable.” This marks the first time that the IGG will create a database from the records themselves rather than from an existing index.

More than 500 volunteers from local genealogy groups-and individuals in Canada, Ireland, and England who learned about the IGG’s projects through the Internet-compile the databases under the leadership and supervision of the IGG’s Project Coordinator John Martino. The IGG first participated in an indexing project in 1999 when it partnered with New York City’s Jewish Genealogical Society to create a database of Kings County (Brooklyn, New York) naturalizations.

The grant honors Rabbi Malcolm Henry Stern (1915-1994), widely considered to be “the dean of American Jewish genealogy,” and his efforts to increase the availability of resources for Jewish genealogical research. The intention of the Stern Grant is to encourage institutions to pursue projects, activities, and acquisitions that provide new or enhanced resources to benefit Jewish genealogists.

About IAJGS: The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies is an independent, non-profit umbrella organization that coordinates the activities of more than seventy-five national and local Jewish genealogical societies around the world. The IAJGS was formed in the late 1980s to provide a common voice for issues of significance to its members, to advance our genealogical avocation, and to coordinate items such as the Annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.

About IGG: The Italian Genealogical Group, based in Long Island, New York, is dedicated to furthering Italian family history and genealogy. The databases it creates include every name listed in the indexes, without regard to nationality or religion. Volunteers from the IGG and other genealogy organizations in the New York area have been transcribing and indexing record collections held at local and regional archives.

Eileen Polakoff, Chairperson

2008 Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Grant Committee


Researching Genealogical Resources in Ireland Long-Distance

August 22, 2008


SUNDAY, September 28, 2008, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m
Fordham Law School Auditorium
140 West 62nd Street, Manhattan

In their only New York City area appearance, two internationally-acclaimed experts on genealogical research in Ireland—Dr. William Roulston, Research Director of Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast, and Dr. Brian Trainor, the Foundation’s retired Research Director and the former Director of the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland—will present an information-packed afternoon on researching genealogical resources in Ireland long-distance. The seminar is open to members of the New York Irish History Roundtable and the public.

Drs. Roulston and Trainor will give four lectures that focus on genealogical resources in a variety of repositories in the thirty-two counties of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They will introduce us to many of the lesser-known resources. The afternoon will begin with a general introductory lecture, followed by specialized talks. The lectures are “Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research,” “The Three Cs: Church Registers, Census Records and Civil Registration Records,” “Gravestone Inscriptions,” and “Not Always at the Bottom of the Pile.” Time will be allotted for questions after each lecture.

The seminar will take place on SUNDAY, September 28th, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the McNally Amphitheatre of Fordham Law School at Lincoln Center, 140 W. 62nd Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues. Take the A, B, C, D, or 1 subway line to 59th Street-Columbus Circle. The price of admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Ulster Historical Foundation, established in 1956, is one of the principal genealogical research agencies in Ireland and a leading publisher of quality historical, educational, and genealogical books.