google-site-verification: google1a99cbc777ffb68f.html


Welcome to my blog.   My focus will be on methodology 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 wrote a series on Strategies for Irish Research.  There’s lots happening with Irish records! 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.  

You can receive an email to let you know when a new blog is posted so you don’t miss anything or add it with an RSS feed.  Just click on one of the links on the right, and fill in your email address. 

Looking for a way to search for a specific topic in old blogs?  Go to Google and type in your search string followed by 

For example:  Catholic church  

It will search for that information only on this site.   

Interested in researching in Ireland?  Follow my blog beginning October 4, 2018 to find out about the trip.  Both the Belfast and Dublin trips are open for 2019. It’s not too early to start planning as I only will take 15 researchers.  

You can also find me on Facebook at Donna Moughty Genealogy and if you are on Twitter, you can also follow me @DMoughty.  Both of these social media sites are exclusive to #IrishGenealogy highlighting interesting articles and resources.  

If you’re not sure of your next steps, why not set up a consultation.  Just click on the GenealogyDOTCoach image on the right and schedule a 15, 30 or 60 minute session.  

This site has moved


   As of December 31, 2018, this site has moved.  All new material will be posted at .  This  site will remain with all previous blogs at least for the next year.    To be notified of new blog posts, please log into the new site following the directions

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

Nollaig Shona Dhuit (Happy Christmas)

   For all who have read my blog this past year, I’d like to wish you a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.  This will likely be my last blog of the year and I’d like to share with you a recipe for Irish Bread. 

It’s about me (or you)

   I don’t know about you, but when I look at my genealogical database I have lots of information about ancestors, and even quite a bit about my descendants, but I have almost nothing about me.  …

Christmas Memories

Christmas Tree Hunt 2

   In 2010 someone started an Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories.  I’ve tried to find the original post…I think it originally came out from Geneabloggers, but it’s no longer there.  The idea was that you would write on a different topic each day from December 1 - 24.  …

Options for Researching in Ireland

   Are you ready to research in Ireland?  You may have followed my blogs in October on my research trip to Ireland and thought about taking the trip.  (BTW, registration is open for the 2019 trip

All I want for Christmas...

   All I want for Christmas is the name of my 3rd great grandmother!  I’m sure you have something similar on your holiday list!  For those of us researching Irish, the Christmas miracle would be the discovery of copies of some of the records that were lost in the 1922 fire, but unfortunately that probably won’t happen!

Family Health History

   Are you aware that (US) Thanksgiving is Family Health History Day?  Beginning in 2004, the Surgeon General declared Thanksgiving Day to be a day where families not only gather, but talk about the importance of knowing your health history to ensure a longer and healthier future.  …

Day 16 - The Last Day

   Today is the last day of the trip, and there were still researchers working hard in the Library and Manuscript Reading Rooms.  The National Library is the only respository open on Saturday (from 9:30 - 12:45).  …

Day 15 - Open Research and Back To Our Past

   Lots of scurrying around today to finish up some last minute research.  People were at the National Archives, the National Library and the Valuation Office (and there was some sightseeing involved).  …

© Donna M. Moughty 2007- 2018