“Discover your Roots,” an Irish, Scots-Irish and Basque genealogical research symposium, will be held at Boise State University’s downtown location, 301 S. Capitol Blvd. in BoDo, March 16-17.
The symposium is aimed at community members interested in learning more about their family history and includes a number of expert speakers on the topic.
The schedule is as follows:
SUNDAY, MARCH 16
Admission free; donations appreciated.
3-3:30 p.m. Welcome and introduction of speakers and events
- Patrick Shannon, dean, College of Business and Economics, Boise State University
- John Ysursa, director, Basque Studies Consortium, Boise State University
“Basque Country and Ireland and the Scots-Irish and Scotland: Relationship Among All the Nations”
Wendy Bauer of Dundee, Scotland, gift shop manager, Basque Museum and Cultural Center
3:30-5:15 p.m. Film “Gazta Zati Bat” or “A Piece (Peace) of Cheese”
This film explores self-determination through the story of villagers of the Idiazabal region, famous for its cheese. These villagers revived their local rural sports and worked toward a path of self-determination for the Basque Country, both with support from their friends in Scotland.
5:30 p.m. Reception, Basque Museum and Cultural Center, 611 Grove St.
MONDAY, MARCH 17
Admission $15 at the door.
9 a.m. Introduction to Day’s Events and Introduction to Using the Idaho State Archives for Family History Research
Steve Barrett, archivist and family history records specialist, Idaho State Historical Society
9:30 a.m. Discovering Basque Roots
Lisa Corcostegui, The Basque Branch. Corcostegui has been conducting genealogical research for more than 25 years and is a member of Antzinako Genealogy and Historical Association.With two partners, she launched the Basque Branch Genealogical Services in 2011. In addition to research, print services and publishing, the Basque Branch engages in outreach to the Basque Community. Corcostegui has lived and conducted research in the Basque Country and has taught Basque genealogy at Boise State University through the Basque Studies Program. She holds a master of arts in Spanish language and literature and a Ph.D. in Basque Studies
10:15 a.m. Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research
Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt, Ulster Historical Foundation
Mullan has been executive director of the Ulster Historical Foundation since 2001. With information technology partners BRS Systems he pioneered the births, deaths and marriages online records system for Antrim and Down. This records system led to the creation of www.rootsireland.ie, the Irish Family History Foundation’s unique database with more than 20 million Irish historical records, the most useful online resource for Irish research. Mullan is a regular speaker on the North American circuit. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Irish politics and philosophy and a master’s degree in organization and management.
Hunt is a research officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation and is responsible for the management of the foundation’s many genealogical activities. Hunt carries out research for clients and is an experienced user of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the General Register Office. She regularly teaches courses in Northern Ireland and gives talks on family history in the rest of Ireland, the UK and the United States. Hunt holds a bachelor of arts in history and a master of arts in historical studies.
Noon. No-host lunch at location of choice
2-5 p.m. Emigration from the North of Ireland to North America in the 18th Century (the Story of the Scots-Irish) and Examples of Successful Irish Searches
Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt
5 p.m. Reception and St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Basque Museum and Cultural Center
Symposium sponsors include the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Idaho Genealogical Society, Idaho State Historical Society and Boise State University’s Basque Studies Consortium, Department of History, Arts and Humanities Institute, International Learning Opportunities and Department of Marketing and Finance.
Learn more at http://basquemuseum.com/content/discovering-your-roots.