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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.   In 2017 I plan to repeat (and add to) a series I wrote in 2011 on Strategies for Irish research.  Some of the methodology remains the same, but lots has happened since 2011. We now have civil registration online at, images of Roman Catholic baptisms and marriages at the National Library, and the townland valuations at the National Archives.    FindMyPast has brought on a tremendous number of databases covering all of Ireland and in a joint project with Ancestry, created an index of the National Library Roman Catholic images.  

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Interested in researching in Ireland?  Follow my blog from October 3-23, 2016 to find out about the trip this past year.  Unfortunately, because of foot surgery in July, I won’t be taking a group in 2017, but the dates for 2018 are Oct 7-13 in Belfast and October 14-20 in Dublin.  It’s not too early to start planning.  

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Irish Administrative Divisions: Parishes

Mitchell, Brian, A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland, 
(Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1986), 115.

   Once you have identified the townland where your ancestor lived in Ireland, and have referred to the 

Irish Administrative Divisions: Townlands

"Pat" Moughty Land Barnacor

 Townland of Barnacor in County Longford

   As I mention frequently, researching in Ireland is all about time and place. For the past month I’ve discussed creating a strong foundation for your research…understanding the Genealogical Proof Standard and the importance of having a plan.  …

Irish Quick Reference Guides


  I’m excited to announce the release this week at RootsTech of two Quick Reference Guides I’ve written on Irish Research. 

Guide #1 - Preparing for Success in Irish Records Research steps you through the process for answering the two most important questions in order to be successful in Irish Research:

Creating a Research Plan

   So far this year, I’ve discussed the basics of sound genealogical research using the Genealogical Proof Standard.  Now you’re ready to research!  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?  …

Resolving Conflicting Evidence

  Over the past few weeks I’ve mention conflicting evidence a number of times.  As I like to say in many of my lectures…it’s something I can guarantee…just like death and taxes.  In the first

Write it Down

   The final standard of the Genealogical Proof Standard states: 

•  A soundly reasoned, coherently written conclusion

   One of the things I’ve learned through the years, is writing a report clarifies your research.  …

Evidence Analysis

1973-8-5Patrick Moughty Death

     Last week I discussed source citations.  As we look at various sources, be they books, certificates, census records or other artifacts, we are gathering evidence from them and it’s therefore important that we understand what we’re looking at, why it was created, and where the information contained in that source came from.  …

Cite Your Sources!

    If my experience at recent lectures is any indication, there are a lot of new people beginning their genealogical journey.   That’s exciting!  TV programs, news broadcasts and newspapers seem to be writing more often about finding your roots.  …

A Strong Foundation

The Genealogical Proof Standard

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  I  headed to the cold  north (left Florida it was 70° and arrived in Virginia it was 24°) which was a bit of a shock to the system.  …

Last Blog of the Year

It’s a busy time for all of us, and I want to begin by offering my best wishes to everyone for a Happy Holiday season.  I hope Santa brings you the answer to your highest brick wall! 

 There are still a lot of deals out there that you might want to hint to your family members.  

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