The Decade of Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923 – Webinar with Chris Paton Posted 7 April 2022 by Julie GoucherAuthor and genealogist Chris Paton delivered a fascinating webinar to the Guild of One-Name Studies on 6 April 2022. In this talk Chris looks at the landmark events that led to the Partition of Ireland in 1921 and its consequences. It includes the Suffragette struggle in Ireland, the Ulster Covenant of 1912, the formation of the Irish Volunteers and the Ulster Volunteers, the Dublin Lock-out of 1913, the First World War, the Easter Rising, the War of Independence, Partition, and the subsequent Irish Civil War. As well as addressing the historical events it shows how to research ancestors caught up in the period, whether on the British or Irish side, and from across the island and beyond. The Decade of Centenaries is an all-island based period of reflection, led by both Irish governments (north and south), which kicked off in 2012 and which culminates next year (2023). The purpose has been to finally provide license to people to talk about events from a century ago, the most tumultuous period in Irish history since the Plantations. Everyone with an Irish family in this period will have connections somewhere along the line, and this talk will explain the context of events and where to find the relevant records. At the end of the presentation I mentioned that there were some enlistment records online at the National Army Museum. These are Soldiers in Irish Regiments,1920-22, which were disbanded in 1922. You can search HERE and see the digitised copies also on the site. You can also read about researching former military soldiers HERE. Chris provided a handout which can be downloaded HERE. The recording of the talk is below (Click the image to view it!) and will be available to both members and non-members until 8th May 2022.