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Guest Blog from Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt, CG

   I’ve been back home for about a week and am still trying to catch up.  Thanks to Polly for sharing her experience at the Registry of Deeds.  You can read the complete story and see the original documents on

Day 18 - Visit to Longford

   Today I’m on my own.  I had an early breakfast and headed to Connolly Station for the 9 am train to Mullingar to visit our Moughty cousins.  The trip is just a little over an hour and JJ Moughty picked me up at the station and took me to their home in Ballymahon, Longford to visit with his parents, Jack and Breda.  …

Days 17 - Back To Our Past

   One of the reasons I plan my trip in October is so researchers can visit the Back To Our Past Conference at the RDS.  Here is the opportunity for US researchers to hear a number of local speakers on a wide variety of topics, as well as visit the booths in the exhibit area.  …

Day 15 and 16 - Research, Research, Research

Registry of Deeds Dublin

   For my Dublin group, we’re down to the last few days of research.  Everyone has been introduced to the various repositories, so Thursday and Friday are basically independent research at whatever locations make sense.   …

Day 14 - Valuation Office

Working at the Valuation Office

   Hard to believe I’ve been here two weeks already.  Today the group visited the Valuation Office, one of my favorite places to research.  As long as you have found someone in your family in Griffith’s, this provides an opportunity to follow the property through to, in some cases, the 1970s.  …

Day 13 - National Archives of Ireland

   According to their website, the mission of the  National Archives of Ireland is:

To secure the preservation of records relating to Ireland which warrant preservation as archives

To ensure that appropriate arrangements are made for public access to archives

Day 12 - The National Library of Ireland

   After a good Irish breakfast the group was off to the National Library (just across the street) for a 9:30 orientation to the Library and the Genealogy Advisory Service.  By 11:00 most everyone had gotten their Reader’s Cards, internet access, and had begun their research.  …

Day 10 and 11 - Belfast to Dublin

      The research week in Belfast came to an end on Friday night and we had a final dinner at St. George’s Market.  Saturday morning was the train to Dublin to prepare for the Dublin group, arriving primarily on Sunday.  …

Day 9 - Guest Blog from Jean Humeniuk

Bannon House in Upper Fathom

  Donna and I went to the Registry of Deeds where I was able to obtain copies of the memorials (the transcript of the deed that was copied into the register) for the 1813 lease, the 1930 purchase, and the 1951 sale.  …

Day 8 - Registry of Deeds in Belfast

   Today is going to be a short blog, because one of the researchers is going to write a bit about her experience today at the Registry of Deeds in Belfast, part of the Land and Property Services department.  …

Days 6 and 7 - PRONI

   Is there enough to keep everyone busy at PRONI?  Yes, so far!  In fact tonight the security guard had to remind me it was time to leave.  It was one of those times when 15 minutes before closing I found some key information and didn’t want to leave.

Day 5 - PRONI

   Today was the first day of research at PRONI.  We arrived just before 9:15 so Ann and Jean could obtain their Reader’s Cards and put our belongings into a locker. We then met Desmond who provided an orientation to the facility.  …

Days 3 & 4 - Belfast

   I decided to combine the weekend days as I spent the time on my own, sightseeing and working on my own research.  As many times as I’ve been to Belfast, I’ve always been focused on research.  …

Day 3 - Dublin to Belfast

   This morning the weather was what I expect in Ireland…cool with misty rain.   The taxi driver on the way to the train station told me that September had been the driest on record and the weather had been beautiful all month.  …

Day 2 - Aclimating to Dublin

AirCoach Stand

   Arrival in Dublin was at 8 a.m. local time this morning (for those of  you keeping track, that’s 3 a.m. back home.  After a slight delay (there was a medical emergency that required paramedics to take a passenger off the plane) I breezed through immigration, collected my bag (which was coming off the belt as I arrived in baggage claim) and caught the bus to Dublin City Centre (for those of you arriving next week, it’s the AirCoach to Leopardstown - you will get off at Kildare Street.  …

Day One - On my way to Dublin

Cover photo

   A long day!  Left home at 6 a.m. for my flight from Tampa to Boston.  (Got TSA Pre-chek which is always a blessing!)  I arrived in Boston at 11:15 and headed out to have lunch with my daughter Sarah at WGBH.  …

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