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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 I plan to repeat (and add to) a series I wrote in 2011 on Strategies for Irish research.  Some of the methodology remains the same, but lots has happened since 2011. 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 this past year.  Unfortunately, because of foot surgery in July, I won’t be taking a group in 2017, but the dates for 2018 are Oct 7-13 in Belfast and October 14-20 in Dublin.  It’s not too early to start planning.  

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Breaking a Brick Wall with DNA

Jack and Pat Moughty

   Before I launch into this new topic, I want to remind my readers, especially those of you who may have found this blog later in the year, that my focus this year has been Strategies for Researching your Irish Ancestors

Researching in Ireland Outside of Dublin and Belfast

Leitrim County Library

   For the past two weeks, I’ve discussed researching in the major repositories in Dublin and Belfast.  Although there is much to be found there, you should also plan to travel to the area where your ancestors lived.  …

Researching in Ireland - Belfast

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The Titanic Museum

   It’s that time of year when I'm usually getting ready to leave for Ireland.  Unfortunately this year that wasn’t in the cards.  Having had foot surgery in July, I’m still not walking.  …

Researching in Ireland - Dublin

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   Last chance for those interested in researching in Dublin to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration.  Information on both the Dublin and Belfast Research Trips along with registration forms can be found

Estate Records in Ireland

1809 Rush, George Lease
Rent Roll Longford

Rent Roll from the Harman Estate in County Longford, 1785. National Archives of Ireland

   We’re a week out from Hurricane Irma and I’m happy (and blessed) to say that we had no damage.  We were out of power for 3 days, and Internet, phone and tv for 4 days, but other than some food that had to be discarded everything is fine.  …

Occupational Records

Slater’s Trade Directory 1846

   I hope all of you in the US are enjoying your Labor Day and having your final barbecue of summer.  Here in Florida it’s summer most of the year, so we’ll continue to cook and eat outdoors.  …

Are You Ready to Research In Ireland?

     I’ve spent this year taking you through a strategy for researching your Irish ancestors which I hope has been helpful to you.  So are you ready to continue your research by visiting Ireland?  …


1935 Moughty, Mary Obituary
Daly, Peter Obituary Stamford Advocate 5 Sep 1944

Peter Daly born in County Mayo, Ireland (from the Stamford Advocate, Connecticut)

   Newspapers are always a wonderful source of family information.  My biggest problem is stopping to read all the interesting articles!  I remember, back in the 1990s visiting Fayette County, Pennsylvania and spending a full day at the Carnegie Library, reading the local paper on one of the oldest microfilm machines I’ve ever seen.  …

Wills and Administrations after 1858

Beginning in 1858, the responsibility for matters of probate was transferred from the ecclesiastical or church courts to the civil courts.  The Principal Registry was set up in Dublin with eleven other district registries set up around the country. …

Wills and Administrations prior to 1858

    In US research we use probate records extensively.  They can help identify the married names of daughters, family land holdings and separate families of the same name.   Like most Irish records, this is a sad story…most of the original wills were lost in the 1922 fire. 

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