The Middlesex Genealogical Society and the Darien Library will present a free genealogy program, "overview of Irish American family history research” with Jonathan Shea, on Saturday, March 11, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the Darien Library, 1440 Post Road, Darien.

Shea will provide a comprehensive introduction to conducting family history research in both the U.S. and Ireland. American sources will be examined that will hopefully lead to the identification of the family’s point of origin in Ireland. These include passenger lists, naturalization records, church records, voting records, gravestone inscriptions, business directories, newspaper sources and others.

Church and civil records of birth, death and marriage in Ireland will also be discussed and viewed as well as probate records, land valuation sources, census records, cemeteries, national school records, court records and miscellaneous other record collections. Internet sources and digitized collections of Irish records will also be covered.

The complicated system of Irish administrative divisions will also be presented as the correct identification of the proper registration district is essential in locating appropriate vital records.

Shea is a modern languages professor at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. Prof. Shea has on site research experience in various archival repositories in Ireland and is the grandson of immigrants from Co. Mayo and Co. Offaly who settled in Hartford.

There will be a social hour at 1 p.m. and chat with fellow genealogists or discuss problems in an informal round table discussion, where attendees are invited to seek help or to share experiences with others. For additional details, see: This program is free and open to the public.