Patrick is a staff member with Elements geological magazine, a staff member with the Irish Family History Centre (CHQ Building, Dublin), and a committee member of the IGA. His talk is entitled "Geology and Genealogy: The Odd Couple" and will combine all three of these functions in one talk. The aim is to demonstrate that students and amateurs (and professionals) can make exciting and useful contributions to geology by applying genealogy techniques, and can publish their research.

Abstract: Patrick will illustrate how college students and amateur geologists, among others, can research geological history by applying genealogy techniques to solve etymological problems in fossil, mineral, and mineral collection names. The talk will use five Irish case studies: the etymological hunt for the Ichthyorachis newenhami fossil; revealing the Miss Cotter behind the mineral variety ‘cotterite’; discovering the ‘finger-lickin’ background to Julius Hanna (of the Hanna mineral collection in the National Museums of Northern Ireland); discovering the real birthplace and background of the dedicatee behind the mineral ‘chenevixite’; and demonstrating the invaluable contribution made by genealogists in documenting the huge UCD Mineral Collection.

Date and time: Wednesday 27th September between 6:30 and 7:30 pm, coffee and biscuits will available from 5:30 pm

 Lecture theatre, Geological Survey Ireland, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4 

All welcome