DPA to host program on searching for Irish family roots March 1

February 19, 2014

The Delaware Public Archives will present a special Irish genealogical program by well-known Delaware genealogist Nancy Lyons titled “Searching for Your Irish Family Roots” at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 1.

Lyons will focus on researching Irish American ancestry both online and in U.S. records repositories. Researchers will learn how to utilize the census, vital statistics, church documents, naturalizations, passenger lists and other essential record groups to fill in the blanks of their family trees.  Lyons will also share additional reference resources such as internet sites and suggested reading material.

Lyons is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society. The founder of the Irish Family History Research Group, Lyons has volunteered at the Mormon Family History Center in Wilmington for 19 years. She also served as the chair of the Delaware Genealogical Society Educational Committee for nine years. Other memberships include Friends of the Delaware Archives, Delaware Genealogical Society, Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society, and the Sussex County Genealogical Society.

Lyons’ program is free to the public. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Tom Summers 302-744-5047 or email

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The Delaware Public Archives is at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North in Dover. The Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Room is open to the public 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday to Friday, and the research room is open 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month.

The Delaware Public Archives,, an agency of the State of Delaware, is one of the oldest public archives programs in the United States. DPA serves the citizens of Delaware by identifying, collecting, and preserving public records of enduring historical and evidential value; ensuring access to public records for present and future generations; and advising and educating interested parties in the creation, management, use, and preservation of public records.

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