Please join us on Saturday, February 9 as we explore our immigrant ancestors.  Genealogist Rich Venezia will help you navigate your journey through immigration research.  He will be presenting four sessions throughout the day.  Registration is suggested for each session.


Session 1:  10:00 am
Emerald Isle Express: Researching Irish Ancestors

Discover the variety of Irish record sets available, where to find which records, and how to learn the stories of your Irish ancestors.
Audience Level: Beginner/Intermediate
A wide range of extant Irish records will be delved into. Contrary to popular belief, not all of Ireland’s records were destroyed in the 1922 fire. This lecture breaks down which records survived and how to access them – both in the US and in Ireland. Among the topics this lecture covers:

  • Tithe Applotment Books
  • Griffith’s Valuation
  • Civil Registration
  • Irish censuses – which survive and which don’t
  • Irish parish records
  • Wills and Administrations
  • What’s online and what isn’t
  • Researching on-site in Ireland


Rich Venezia is a New Jersey native who now calls Pittsburgh home, with roots in Italy, Ireland, England, Wales, and Prussia. He founded Rich Roots Genealogy in 2013. He was a member of the research team of Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) for two seasons, and also consulted on Follow Your Past (Travel Channel). Rich specializes in 20th-century immigrant ancestry. His main areas of focus include Italian, Irish, Pittsburgh and New Jersey/New York City research. He also assists clients with dual citizenship applications for Ireland and Italy. He holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and is the Past-President of North Hills Genealogists. He is a proud Italian dual citizen. He spoke about "How to Grow Empathy From Uncovering Your Roots" at TEDx Pittsburgh 2017.


This event is part of our Becoming American series on immigration. Becoming American is a project of City Lore in collaboration with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the International Coalition of the Sites of Conscience.  The project has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.