Judith E.   Wight, AG

Owner of Wight House Research. Accredited Genealogist specializing in Ireland (30+ years) and Scotland (10+ years). Writes extensively for genealogical periodicals. Popular teacher and lecturer at genealogical events. Worked 10 years as a British Reference consultant at the FHL. Also does research in the U.S. and Canada.


May 20, 2015
8:00 am : Research Principles and Strategies for Irish Research

(All Levels) Genealogical research principles and strategies are pretty universal. However, it is necessary to step outside of one’s comfort zone when researching Irish ancestors. In this class we will review those basic principles and strategies and then add some new ones to your repertoire. Be prepared to do the genealogy “happy dance” once you learn these tricks of the trade.

8:00 am : Irish Research: Using the Basic Sources Effectively

(All Levels) The year 1922 sends a collective shudder of epic proportions down the spines of people who are tracing their Irish ancestors. That is when the western block of the Four Courts in Dublin, which housed the Public Record Office of Ireland, exploded. Destroyed were what many consider to be the basic sources of Irish genealogical research. This event is the main reason why tracing Irish ancestors is such a challenge. During this class we will discuss the core building blocks of Irish genealogy and learn how to at least partially mitigate the destruction of the genealogical records that were lost. * The words "Basic Sources" do not indicate easy research, they are important fundamental sources needed to accurately prove a genealogy.

May 21, 2015
8:00 am : Scottish Research: Principles and Strategies

(All Levels) There are some tricks of the trade in researching your Scottish ancestry. The goal of this class is to teach you some new research principles or strategies that might help you not only trace your Scottish families but trace your ancestors in other countries.

8:00 am : Basic Sources for Successfully Researching the Records of Scotland

(All Levels) Life got a whole lot easier for people tracing their Scottish ancestry with the creation of the website ScotlandsPeople. While it makes available civil records of birth, marriage and death, government census returns from 1841 through 1911, and probate records, this is not a one-stop shopping center for Scottish research. We will review the pros and cons of this website as well as discuss other record types that are useful if one is to be successful in researching their Scottish ancestors.