The years 1912-23 saw the deaths of over 75,000 from Ireland in armed conflict, from the fields of France to the streets of Dublin. Irish men and women took arms to fight for Irish freedom, to defend the Empire and to liberate Belgium. They joined the UVF, the ICA, the Volunteers, the IRB, the IRA and other radical organisation. Possibly half a million Irish born joined the British, American, Canadian and Australian armies. This lecture will untangle the complexities of the surviving records and what you are likely to find.
Brian Donovan is the Global Head of Irish Collections at findmypast.com. He previously lectured in history at Trinity College Dublin in the 1990s and since then has lectured throughout Ireland and the US on history, genealogy and digitisation. Brian's experience in digital technology, as well as his background in history, helped motivate the founding of the well-known Irish genealogy company Eneclann in 1998. He played a key role in establishing the Irish collection at www.findmypast.com. Brian oversees all aspects of the development of the Irish record collection at findmypast.com.