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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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Important Irish Genealogy Websites Part III


   In Part I, I discussed the US sources to help identify the place in Ireland.  Part II discussed the primary resources in Ireland.  After you get through the basics, what’s next?  Are there additional resources?  …

Important Irish Genealogy Websites Part II


   It’s a great time to be doing Irish research!  When I look back at the lecture from 2013, I realize how far we’ve come.

Civil Registration

   In 2009 FamilySearch created indexes to birth, death and marriage records from 1864 (1845 for Protestant marriages) to 1957.  …

Important Irish Genealogy Websites Part I



    I did a lecture back in 2013 for FamilyTree Webinars on the Best Irish Genealogy websites.  I wondered how much had changed so I decided to take another look.

   I broke down the lecture into US sources important for finding the place in Ireland, and then Irish sources, once you jumped the pond.  …

Conference Season

   It’s that time of year again…it’s conference season.  A few years ago, Dick Eastman did a study that revealed that 63% of the respondents had never attended a conference.  Wow, are they missing out!  …

Organizing Your Digital Files

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   Thanks to those who provided feedback on last week’s blog.  The case study format seemed to work for many of you, so perhaps I’ll try to do something similar once a month.  Now back to organizing!

Squeezing all the information from a source

   Since the beginning of the year, I’ve talked about reorganizing my office, and my file system.   So far, my resolution to work on my own family and to organize, scan and file all of the papers I found during my “clean out” is working.  …


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   My blog is a bit late this week as I just returned from a short cruise vacation…four days of doing nothing but relaxing and reading (and of course eating). If you are like me (and many other genealogists based on the blogs I’ve read) you may have made a resolution for 2018 to become more organized.  …

Happy New Year - 2018

   Happy New Year to all.  I’ve been reading blogs for the past few days that have focused on evaluating last year’s resolutions and looking forward to resolutions for 2018.  Well, I didn’t publicly make any resolutions last year.  …

Irish Quick Reference Guide #3 is Here!


   Looking for a last minute stocking stuffer or maybe a gift for yourself?  Guide #3 in the Irish Quick Reference Guide series, Land, Tax and Estate Records in Ireland is here.  

  Had the Irish census records for the 19th century survived, Griffith’s Valuation, a tax list, would not be one of the most important resources for Irish researchers. …

2017 in Review - Part 2


   During the second half of 2017 I tried to look at records that might not be as familiar to Irish researchers.  

   Prior to 1858 Wills and Administrations were handled by the ecclesiastical courts.  …

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