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Welcome to my site and blog.   My focus will be on methodology, technology, the Internet, Mac computers and Irish research.  Drop me a note on general topics of interest.  If you enjoy reading a blog, let me know by "liking" it and sharing it with you friends.   This year’s focus is on websites for Irish research.  You can now receive an email to let you know when a new blog is posted so you don’t miss anything.  Just click the link on the right, and fill in your email address. 

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Check out the blogs covering the 2014 Belfast and Dublin Research Trips from October.  It's not too early to begin planning for 2016.   Complete the registration form and send your deposit to reserve a place.  

You can also find me on Facebook at Donna Moughty Genealogy and if you are on Twitter, you can also follow me @DMoughty.  I tweet exclusively on #IrishGenealogy highlighting interesting articles and resources.  

FamilySearch Indexing

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   When was your last “ah ha” moment?  We all have them.  We type a name into a search engine and bingo, the long lost ancestor we’ve been searching for, pops up.  Last weekend was FamilySearch’s Worldwide Indexing Event

DNA - Who do I test?

   Back in May I attended the Chromosome Mapping Workshop at the NGS Conference in Ft. Lauderdale.  Having been away for a month, I’m just getting back to putting what I learned to work.  Let me say, that if you are a DNA expert, you’ll probably find this a bit simplistic, but it’s taken me a while to get to this point, and as I talk with others at lectures, I don’t think I’m alone.  

DNA - A work in progress!

John “Jack” Moughty and
Bernard “Pat” Moughty

   I’ve been away for a month…a combination of family visits and a Baltic cruise to St. Petersburg which was amazing.  I’m now back and trying to catch up on a ton of things!  I have a lecture on July 11th at Imperial Polk Genealogical Society on “Jumping the Pond,” and I’m recording a lecture on Irish Church Records for Family Tree University’s Fall Virtual Conference.  …

Find My Past Family Tree

    My blog has been dormant for a few weeks and I’m still trying to catch up from being away.  It may not get better over the next month, as I’ll be traveling, but check out my Facebook page where I curate information on Irish research.  …

See you in Ft. Lauderdale


   In just a week, I’ll be leaving for Ft Lauderdale for the National Genealogical Society Conference.  This is the first time since 2004 that one of the National Conferences has been held in Florida.  …

Creating a Research Plan

   Do you have a research plan?  When you sit down at your computer do you just open up a database (Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, American Ancestors, etc.) and type in a name?  If so, you’re probably just surfing rather than researching.  …

What to Read

   Even with a busy schedule, I get some reading in every day, usually when I finally climb into bed…I find reading helps me unwind at the end of the day.  I read lots of different kinds of books, but am especially partial to historical novels.  …

Social Networking for Genealogists

   I’m surprised as I’m going around and giving lectures, how many avid genealogists, who log on to databases and “google” for ancestors avoid social networking like the plague!  When I ask why they’re not on Facebook or Twitter the usual response is some form of “I don’t care what people had for lunch!”   

Belfast Research Trip

   This past week I added a flyer on the Belfast Research to the 2016 Research Trip page.  I’ve had a number of people indicate interest and so if I get 10 participants by 30 April, I will move forward with the trip.  …

NGS Conference


   The National Genealogical Society Conference is coming up from May 4-7 in Ft. Lauderdale.  This is the first time since 2004 that a national conference has been in Florida, so hopefully all my Florida friends will be able to attend.  …

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