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Find My Past Family Tree

    My blog has been dormant for a few weeks and I’m still trying to catch up from being away.  It may not get better over the next month, as I’ll be traveling, but check out my Facebook page where I curate information on Irish research.  When I see an article or resource, I’ll typically share it there.   You can also follow me on Twitter…again you’ll only find genealogy information.  

   So if you jump into FindMyPast  today and can create or upload your family tree, you can take advantage of hints attached to your tree for free until May 30th.  In addition, if you post your discoveries on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #Tree Challenge you may win a free subscription or the grandprize, a genealogy bundle worth €1000 (that’s $1,115).   

   If you’ve been doing Irish research for any amount of time, or if you haven’t because “all the records burned,” you need to take a look at which has an incredible number of databases and resources for your Irish research.  The obviously can’t make the destroyed records reappear (wouldn’t that be great) but they have some of the most unique Irish collections online.  To be clear, because of the common names in Ireland, you can’t just put in a name with no other information and expect to find your ancestors.  You need to know something more about them…where they lived, when they lived, names of parents or siblings…a piece of corroborating evidence to make sure when you find a record, you’ve got the right “Michael Daly.”  The hints that are available for the Family Tree at FindMyPast are for civil registration (BDM - after 1864 and Protestant marriages from 1845) and 1901 and 1911 Census.  Make sure the hints you accept are for the correct time and location.  Civil Registration Indexes don’t give enough information to positively identify someone, but it will give you the information you need to order the certificate from the GRO.  When you download the order form, make sure you order the €4 photocopy and not the more expense certified copy. 

   Maybe you’re concerned about putting your family tree online.  I’m not, because genealogy is all about making connections, and family trees are one way to do that.  But FindMyPast’s trees are different.  The tree is exclusively yours, and no one else sees it.  It is not a shared tree.  

   You can either add your tree manually (adding a specific family you would like to search) or you can upload a GEDCOM.  Remember that although I focus on Irish records, FindMyPast has large collections for the US, the UK and Australia.  

   So give it a try…

   Happy Hunting!


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