“The Emerald Isle”, by Diane Barbour

April 15 Topic:  The Emerald Isle

This talk begins with some basic Irish history to help the researcher understand why our Irish ancestors made the choices they did and why it is so hard to research in Ireland. It is not, however, impossible if you know what records are available and where to find them. The researcher needs to know what record groups exist and which ones don’t exist. Knowledge of Irish records groups and their availability will help guide the researcher in this country. After this talk the student will be familiar with the many records that are available for the researcher. Beginning/ Intermediate, Irish research.


Diane has been doing genealogy for over 15 years. In June 2012, she graduated from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies at the University of Toronto to complete her Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies or PLCGS. This certificate represents 50 completed classes in methodology, American records and English records. Diane continues her education by attending several conferences and Institutes every year. She is the past President of Broomfield Genealogical Society and current Vice-President, Program Chair and on the education committee for Boulder Genealogical Society. She volunteers at the Denver Public Library and the National Archives, Southwest Branch in Broomfield. Diane is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.