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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 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.  

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Interested in researching in Ireland?  Follow my blog from October 3-23, 2016 to find out about the trip.  Both the Belfast and Dublin trips are sold out for 2018, but it’s not too early to start planning for 2019.  Email me to let me know if you want to be added to the list.  

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Baptized before birth

  I’d like to say that I’m completely prepared for researching in Ireland, but it would be a lie.  I am prepared for the research trip with all of the arrangements made for 30 researchers, 15 in Belfast and 15 in Dublin.  …

Creating a Reference Library for Irish Research


  What’s on your library shelf?  I’m frequently asked about reference books for Irish research, and it’s been a while since I updated the list. Here are some of my favorites.  This is not a comprehensive list, but it covers the basics.   …


  Happy Labor Day to those of you in the US. The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City based on plans created by the Central Labor Union.  In 1884, the first Monday of September was picked as the day to pay tribute to the American worker.  …

More on Brick Walls (or Speed Bumps)


   I just read an article on Irish Central by Rachel Brown on Seven tips for getting “unstuck” in your Irish genealogy research.  I shared the article on my Facebook page, but I’ve linked to it here in case you are not on Facebook.

Read the Description Before Your Search

   Back in July I retweeted a tweet from Ancestry about the importance of reading the description of a database.  I’m in Seattle this week for a wedding and some vacation time, so I thought I’d bring back a blog from a few years ago  Enjoy!

Finding a locality in Ireland with church records

   I’m just back from the Celtic Connections Conference in Massachusetts and it was a great conference.  This conference is held every two years as a collaboration between TIARA and the Irish Genealogical Society International

Brick Walls

   I’m getting ready for the Celtic Connections Conference later this week in Massachusetts.  I heard from many of you that you will be attending and I look forward to meeting you.  There are so many excellent lectures that the biggest problem is deciding which to attend.  …

It’s my 11th Blogiversary!

   Yes, it’s true…my first blog post was on 30 July 2007.  Since that time, I’ve written a blog most Mondays with only occasional misses.  When I’ve been in Ireland, I’ve blogged each day, so for most years that means over 60 blogs, times 11…WOW, that 660 blogs!

Creating a To Do List for Your Research

   As if I didn’t have enough on my plate, I finally upgraded my MacBook Air to a MacBook Pro this weekend.  My MacBook Air, was purchased in 2011, has made lots of trips with me, and is still working, but I was running out of hard disk space (I don’t store as much as I should in the Cloud). …

And the winner is…

   I want to thank everyone who participated in my website survey.  It is now closed, but I’m always interested in feedback so please feel free to email me with any thoughts you have.  The winner of the set of

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