Council urges young people to research family and community history

Children and young people in Donegal are being asked to reach out to elderly relatives and older people in their community as part of an oral history project.

The ‘Echoes of the Decade’ project has been disrupted as a result of the pandemic, but the council says this could be a very worthwhile project while people are confined to their homes.

Donegal County Council says gathering family and local stories is one way people can feel closer at a time of social isolation.

The council is urging children and young people to use the telephone to reach out to grandparents or older people in the community who are confined to their homes. A questionnaire is available from the Donegal Archives website, outlining questions that could be discussed.

Adults are also being urged to get involved in this project by reaching out to your own parents and older family or community members.

The Donegal County Archives is launching this oral history project as part of its Peace 4funded ‘Echoes of the Decade’ project.

This is a joint project with the Donegal County Museum, and is part of the Decade of Centenaries.

Workshops which had been arranged are temporarily suspended, but the council says it's hoped they can resume once restrictions have been lifted. In the meantime, the council says the very important progress can be made at county and community level.

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Reach out to your family and become an amateur historian from home.

How much do you know about your family’s past? Could this be a good time to find out more?

 

As a result of social distancing measures most of us are at home and separated from loved ones. Gathering family and local stories is one way we can feel closer. We ask children and young people to reach out to grandparents or older people in the community who are confined to their homes. Download our questionnaire and advice sheet from the Donegal Archives website. Phone your grandparent and discuss one or two questions each day. Write down or record the interviews.

We encourage adults to also get involved in this project by reaching out to your own parents and older family/community members. Older people can use our questionnaire as a starting point for recording their own memories and family history.

 As the renowned Oral historian Thomas Mac Conmara recently said in an interview with Ryan Tubridy “Now is the time to reach out, to say to somebody; your life stories, your memories are important. I guarantee you…you will never regret it.”

Resources are available on the Donegal County Archives website; http://www.donegalcoco.ie/culture/archives/education/.  These include interview questionnaires for children and adults and advice on carrying out interviews. There are also links to sources which will help you carry out family and local research.

The Donegal County Archives is launching this oral history project as part of our (Peace IV) funded ‘Echoes of the Decade’ project. This is a joint project with the Donegal County Museum and focuses on the Decade of Centenaries (1912-23). 

 

The Echoes of the Decade project involves workshops with students & heritage groups and oral history interviews with older people. Although workshops are temporarily suspended, you can still take part by getting involved in this oral and local history project. We hope to resume the project in full once restrictions have been lifted. If your school or heritage group would like to be involved please contact us.

Information about the project will be posted to the Donegal Archives Facebook page. If you have any questions about the project or your own research you can contact us by email/ Facebook messenger.

Please safely keep any research you do as part of this project, including any interesting old photos/ materials.  We are planning an exhibition at the end of the Echoes of the Decade project; your work could be included. Please post/email your completed questionnaires to either of the  addresses below.

 

Contact: Alarnagh Barrett McGinley: abarrettmcginley@donegalcoco.ie

or Niamh Brennan: nbrennan@donegalcoco.ie

 

Postal Address: Donegal County Archives, Donegal County Council, County House, Lifford, Donegal, F93 Y622