West Oaks Branch Library & Genealogy Center

Orange County Library System

One Million Dubliners

one million dubliners

“In the midst of death, we are in life.”

So begins One Million Dubliners, a captivating documentary about Glasnevin Cemetery. Widely regarded as Ireland’s unofficial national cemetery, Glasnevin’s population would exceed that of Dublin if its residents were still alive. It is the final resting place of Michael Collins, Christy Brown, and many other historic Irish luminaries. Glasnevin was Ireland’s first burial ground for people of all faiths, created in response to repressive restrictions on Catholic burials in Protestant graveyards. Its doors opened in 1832, and thanks to the precise layout of the graves, burials still occur each day within its 124 acres. Glasnevin is now a popular tourist attraction, featuring a museum, florist shop, genealogy resources, and a variety of themed tours.

One Million Dubliners tells the tale of Glasnevin Cemetery with humor and sensitivity. It gracefully touches on issues of history, mourning, varying beliefs in life after death, and changing burial practices. The resident historian is a funny and charming narrator, and the surprise ending may bring a tear to your eye. Whether or not you have Irish ancestors, you will be fascinated by the stories of the people who work at Glasnevin and those who are buried there. This award winning documentary can now be ordered for home delivery as a DVD and is instantly available for streaming or downloading from the Orange County Library System.

See Forthcoming Genealogy Events and Classes by Selecting “Upcoming Events”

Wondering what Genealogy Events and Classes are forthcoming?  Just select “Upcoming Events” from the menu here on the blog and you will be in the know.  To help you out further, here is a list for October 2015.   We hope to see you there!

Genealogy, The Very Basics, Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 6:30 PM

So you want to learn more about your family history but don’t know where to begin? This program will introduce you to genealogical terms and techniques. Learn how to complete an ancestor chart and how to garner information from living relatives and household sources. A very brief discussion of sources that can be used for family history research will also be covered.

Branching Out To Find Your Roots: Journey through Immigration Records Sunday October 18, 2015, 2:00 PM 

Immigration records are an incredibly rich source of information for the family historian. See how to learn more about your family’s history by using passenger lists, passports, alien registration cards, and naturalization records. A brief overview of the laws that caused the creation of these records will also be presented.

Diggin’ It!:  A Genealogy Research Open Forum and Book Club Saturday October 24, 2015, 10:30 AM to 12 Noon

Join us for “Diggin’ It!” a monthly club meeting at which we will support and encourage each other for continued progress in our Genealogy research.  Participate in group discussions of assigned readings.   Join us for a lively give and take.  Assigned Reading for 24 October 2015:  discussing Evidence!: Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian by Elizabeth Shown Mills Available online at www.ocls.info; Databases; Genealogy; Gale Genealogy Connect.

Family Heritage Scrapbooking, Saturday October 24, 2015, 1:00 PM

Join the fun to create scrapbook pages to celebrate your family. Bring  photos & any items to personalize your pages. All other supplies will be provided.

Branching Out To Find Your Roots: Exploring Church and Cemetery  Records Sunday October 25, 2015, 2:00 PM

Church and cemetery records are a strong source of information for births, marriages and deaths especially in the period before the civil registration of vital statistics. Discover what type of information is contained in these records, how to access them, and how they can help enhance your family history research.

Genealogical Ghouls: Unusual deaths and other mysterious circumstances  Wednesday 28 October 2015 6:30 p.m. 

Come join us for this special Halloween program that will explore several genealogical case studies which end in unusual deaths and mysterious circumstances. Advance your genealogical problem solving skills while hearing the spine-chilling real life stories of our ancestors’ end-of-life experiences. Bring your own stories to share!