Saturday, July 30, 2011


Are you looking for a speaker for your club or genealogy society?  I can offer my Irish genealogy lecture.

In 2003, I became keenly interested in Irish Genealogy. During this period of research, I discovered that more and more can be done online, quite a bit can be done using LDS Library resources and some work is best done in Ireland.

This was my first research trip outside North America. My Irish ancestors presented an intriguing challenge. My wife and I traveled to Ireland in April 2008 and spent time in Dublin and Belfast with five days spent at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. I was able to document many of my family stories in the records at PRONI and came back with many wonderful Irish genealogical souvenirs which will be on display.

The presentation will provide an overview of Sources for Irish Genealogy including:
-census and substitutes
-vital records
-church records
-Irish Estate records
-maps & land records
-parish histories
-online sources
-paid research
-research in Ireland

In addition to PRONI we spent time at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh which is vital to an understanding of the historical context of our Northern Irish immigrant ancestors. Other fascinating cultural sites we visited were the Ulysses S. Grant ancestral home, the walled city of Derry and Belfast Castle where one of my Irish relatives was the gatekeeper.

Please consider inviting me to your club or society for a presentation.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Upcoming Italian Genealogy Lectures

My next presentation on "Italian Genealogy" will be at the Clayton Library Friends meeting on November 12, 2011 at 10 am at the Clayton Genealogical Center at 5300 Caroline, Houston TX 77004

There is no charge for this presentation.  Hope to see you there!

Since moving to Texas from northern California I have presented "Italian Genealogy" to the following groups:
  • Bay Area Genealogical Society, Houston, TX- March 25, 2011
  • Italy in America at the Italian Cultural and Community Center, Houston, TX- April 14, 2011
  • Galveston Genealogical Society, Galveston, TX- September 1, 2011
  • Texas City Ancestor Searchers, Texas City, TX- September 21, 2011
I would love to make a presentation to your club or society on searching for Italian ancestry or any other topics related to genealogy, family history and historic preservation.


Free Genealogy Courses
at League City Public Library
(AKA Helen Hall Library)
 100 W. Walker St.
 League City, TX 77573
No reservation required

Presented by
Nick Cimino

All Courses presented on Thursdays from 10 AM to Noon

September 1, 2011

Beginning Genealogy- Part 1 Genealogical Basics
This course will provide an overview of genealogical basics. By the end of this lesson you will understand:
•a variety of motivations for studying your family history
•the building blocks of a family tree
•how to identify the relationships in your family tree
•how to record your family tree in a variety of formats
•the proper methods for recording names, dates and places
•a list of questions to ask your family members

September 15, 2011

Beginning Genealogy-Part 2  Principles of Family History
Genealogical or family history research is the process of searching records to find information about your relatives and using those records to link individuals to earlier and later generations.
This course describes a process for doing genealogical and family history research.   Information will be provided on records to search for in your own home and in the homes of your relatives.  In addition this course will provide an overview of the most common records used to conduct genealogical research and how to access them.   Sources for accessing compiled genealogies and family histories will be identified. The instructor will provide guidance on where and how to obtain original records in print, microfilm and online sources.

September 29, 2011

Computer and Internet Genealogy-Part 1
Computers and the internet have greatly enhanced the ability of the genealogist to organize their family tree information, share it with others and obtain compiled and original records through internet record portals and databases.  Part 1 of this course will provide an overview of both computerized and online genealogical record keeping options.  Both software and internet sites will be discussed and accessed.

October 27, 2011

Computer and Internet Genealogy-Part 2  Introduction to Genealogy Databases
Genealogical databases are available through many public libraries including the League City Public Library and the Clayton Center for Genealogical Research in Houston.  This course will provide an overview of the major genealogical databases available in local libraries.  Special focus will be on methods to conduct searches in Library Edition which is the largest database in terms of the number of records and the number of users.  Students will be given a broad exposure to the compiled records and the original records available on