We had over 150 ‘genealogy appointments’ during our Irish Festival this year. Many of the appointments had the whole family sitting down with a volunteer. They all wanted to find their connection to Ireland!
We had 8 computer stations staffed with volunteers. We were located inside the Crown Center atrium. Amy, my co-chair has developed a system for people to register for an appointment. Then they can go listen to music, shop or find some great food and wait for a text for their appointment.
The Ulster History Foundation provided special maps that we handed out when we found ancestors from Ulster! These maps were a special gift from Ireland!
I want to thank all the people from: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington who visited the genealogy area this year! I don’t have the official attendance figures, but I am thinking about 115,000 attended over the three days!
I also want to thank the many Irish Fest Genealogy volunteers for making such great memories for our patrons!