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Genealogists researching their Irish links may be able to uncover new leads in their research, thanks to the return of a successful family history fair in Dublin – and we have 100 tickets to be won
Genealogists researching their Irish links may be able to uncover new leads in their research, thanks to the return of a successful family history fair in Dublin – and we have 100 tickets to the event available to be won.
Back to Our Past, set to be held at the city’s Royal Dublin Society from 21-23 October, will feature societies and organisations from around the country. Among the exhibitors set to attend throughout the weekend are the National Library of Ireland, the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland and the Irish Family History Foundation, as well as representatives from leading online resources including findmypast.ie, Ancestry.co.uk and rootsireland.ie.
“This event provides a unique opportunity for UK-based families with Irish ancestors to tap into a huge archival resource,” says show director, John Low. “There will be numerous Irish exhibitors offering fascinating information: to take just one example, the Glasnevin Trust has a record of every person buried in Glasnevin Cemetery since it opened in 1840, which could prove a ‘gold mine’ for many people. And, of course, this is a great opportunity to visit the fair city of Dublin for a weekend.”
Following the success of last year’s event, which attracted more than 20,000 visitors, organisers have added an expanded programme of talks and workshops across the course of the weekend. Antiques expert Eric Knowles will be appearing in association with the Irish Antiques Association to offer valuations of photographs and artefacts, while family history societies will be on hand to provide expert local advice.
Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine has teamed up with Back to Our Past to offer readers the chance to win one of 100 free tickets to the event. To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question: In what year was the Royal Dublin Society founded?
Email your answers to Matt Elton at email@example.com, making sure to include the subject line 'Back to Our Past competition' and your postal address. We'll select 100 winners from the correct answers received by 5pm on Monday, 18 October. Good luck!