Join fellow Fairfax Genealogical Society members and other researchers for a return to an in-person spring fair on March 12th, 2022, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, to “Celebrate Your Shamrock Roots: Irish and Scots-Irish Research.” We will be welcoming the return of the Ulster Historical Foundation (UHF), whose representatives last were here for the Fairfax Genealogical Society spring seminar in 2013. This spring Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt of the UHF will be presenting at our one-day spring fair, which also will be available virtually. This event is open to the public.

There will be six sessions of approximately 50 minutes each, with a 30-minute Q&A and wrap-up at the end of the day. Topics will include land records, census substitutes, and other sources for the 18th and 19th centuries; records related to the different churches in Ireland; the Ulster Plantation and sources for 17th-century families in Ireland; and emigration records from the north of Ireland.

Fintan Mullen will be in-person for the Fair at the Ernst Center (also appearing via Zoom for those choosing that option). In addition, Gillian Hunt will be doing her presentations via Zoom viewable at the Ernst Center or with the virtual option.

Registration fees are $60 FxGS members/$70 non-members, with $70 FxGS members/$80 non-members after February 19, 2022. FxGS Members must FIRST click on the blue promo code link in the upper left-hand corner of the Tickets page, type in the promo code, and then click on the Apply link before receiving a member discount. The promo code is available on the Member's Only site.


If you prefer to print and mail your registration, please download the registration form here: FORM

In-Person Attendance

The 2022 Spring Fair will be held at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus, close to the Beltway/236 Interchange, with ample free parking and handicapped accessible. If you need accommodations for a disability, please call (703) 644-8185, the Fairfax Genealogical Society. Masks are required. Registration check-in will occur from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.

Box lunches ($10) will be available to order with conference registration. Lunchtime will include live Irish music to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, a vendor room, and door prize drawings.

Northern Virginia Community College does not sponsor or endorse this event.

Virtual Attendance

For those choosing the virtual option, we will email a Zoom link to the presentations and presentation handouts close to but before the March 12, 2022 presentation date. In-person attendees will receive presentation handouts by email before March 12, 2022.

Spring Fair Agenda

9:00 a.m. - Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Records

10:00 a.m. - Census substitutes and other important sources for the 18th and 19th centuries

11:00 a.m. - Using land records: Griffith's Valuation, Title, and Estate Records

11:50 a.m. - Lunch

12:45 p.m. - Records Related to the Different Churches in Ireland

1:45 p.m. - The Ulster Plantation and sources for finding 17th century families in Ireland (not just Ulster)

2:45 p.m. - Emigration from the north of Ireland to North America - sources for researching emigrant ancestors

3:45 p.m. - Q&A and solving brick walls

About the Speakers

Fintan Mullan is the Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation. Working with technology partners, Fintan was a pioneer in creating online resources for Irish research and has maintained the Foundation’s prominence in digital database developments for Irish genealogy.

Gillian Hunt is Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation and is responsible for managing the Foundation’s many genealogical activities. As well as managing the genealogy side of the Foundation’s work, Gillian researches for clients and is very experienced in the use of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the General Register Office.