The following announcement was written by the Irish Genealogical Research Society:
The IGRS’ founding objectives were to offset the devastating fire at the Four Courts, Dublin, in 1922 by creating a unique collection of Irish genealogical material. That founding policy continues to this day and is the stimulus for the Society to celebrate its 80th anniversary by creating a special archive of the personal stories of Irish-born ancestors.
In launching the initiative, IGRS chairman, Steven Smyrl said: “Whilst modern genealogy has seen huge advances in the amount of data that has become available, especially online, we shouldn’t forget that all the facts we find are actually part of a richer narrative – the life stories of the individuals who nest in our family trees! So, we are calling for anyone with a favourite Irish-born ancestor to write up their story and submit it for posterity to our archive. We are looking forward to hearing some fascinating tales and hope to meet our target of at least 80 in this our 80th anniversary year!”
The resulting archive will be made freely available in its entirety via our website and the best of the submissions will be included in a special anniversary eBook.
Details of how to submit your monograph to the IGRS, including an example, can be found online at http://www.irishancestors.ie/?page_id=7271.
Why not celebrate your ancestor’s life by recording their life story for posterity?