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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.  

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Is John Grenham Wrong?

Ancestry Guest RC Records

   I have to admit that I’m playing off John’s Blog Post this week, titled Dick Eastman is wrong.  You might want to read his blog before you read on.  I guess they are both right and wrong.

So Many Records…So Little Time!

   If you saw my Facebook post or Twitter feed last Thursday, you know that I’m very excited about the release of the Irish Civil Registration Records at  Yes, these are images of the actual registers, not just an index.  …

Are You Writing?

   If you’re preparing for a research trip, or if you’ve decided to tackle that brick wall ancestor, my suggestion to you is write!  We research and collect data and add it to our online tree or database, but then what do we do with it? …

Organizing My Research

There is lots of talk about organizing over the past few months.  Drew Smith has written an excellent book Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher. (You can find this in my

Prepping for Ireland

   Each year as I get ready for my trip to Ireland, I give some thought to one family I would like to research.  I usually don’t get much time to work on my own research, as I’m working with the participants.  …

Did Your Irish Spend Time in Great Britain?


   I hope so!  I’ve always been jealous of those with all their ancestry in England and Scotland (I actually have a line there) for all the wonderful records.  But the fact is, that many Irish spent time in Great Britain, and if your lucky, your ancestors might show up in a census or vital record there.  …

It's My 9th Blogiversary!

   I can’t believe that I’ve been blogging for nine years!   My first blog appeared on 30 July 2007 titled “How I Got Here” and on most Monday evenings I’m in my office attempting to write something people will find interesting.  …

FamilySearch Indexing

WWIE Infographic EN-1

   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.  …

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