Podcast: The Forgotten Irish– Revealing the Personal Stories of 19th Century Emigrants

On 18th August last I was privileged to return to the National Library of Ireland in Dublin to deliver one of the Summer lunchtime talks at the institution, which are organised by Eneclann and the Ancestor Network. The title of the talk was The Forgotten Irish: Revealing the Personal Stories of 19th Century Emigrants through American Civil War Pension Files. The 40 minute lecture looked briefly at the Irish in the American Civil War, before discussing the origins and contents of the U.S. pension files and finally going through a number of examples to demonstrate how they can be used to recreate social histories of individual emigrant family groups. The latter elements will also form part of my forthcoming book on the topic. The event was one of the small number of my talks that have been podcast, and I’m pleased to say it has just been made available via the Irish Family History Centre. If you are interested in hearing what I had to say, you can do so by clicking here. As ever, I am always interested in readers thoughts!


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Author:Damian Shiels

I am an archaeologist based in Ireland, specialising in conflict archaeology.

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5 Comments on “Podcast: The Forgotten Irish– Revealing the Personal Stories of 19th Century Emigrants”

  1. Mr D B Bradley
    September 29, 2016 at 11:59 am #

    Hi Damian Just listened to the podcast and found it very interesting. Will buy then book when it comes out. Thanks Dave

    • February 18, 2017 at 10:24 am #

      Thanks Dave, let me know what you think of it!

  2. October 7, 2016 at 1:04 am #

    Reblogged this on Lenora's Culture Center and Foray into History.

  3. October 8, 2016 at 8:26 pm #

    Hi Damian,
    I look forward to your upcoming book. I’m working on a book myself on my 19th century Irish immigrant g-grandfather’s life, and my experience in uncovering it. I’ve used his Civil War pension records as well as some of his letters, newspaper articles and Irish records, have traveled extensively in Ireland, followed along his civil war battle path and the places he and his family lived in the US. It’s both an amazing story, and perhaps not an uncommon one. Would love to hear you speak sometime – are you ever in Chicago, or Dublin for that matter?
    Thanks again for the good work you do in helping us to not forget these important people who left their Irish family and friends for a new life in America. Their stories deserve to be told.
    Lois Farley Shuford

    • February 18, 2017 at 10:23 am #

      Hey Lois,

      Sorry for the delay in getting back on this- it would be great to meet sometime! I do occasionally speak in Dublin though nothing planned there for this year as yet- I would love to visit Chicago sometime- here’s hoping!

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