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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.   This year’s focus is on websites for Irish research.  You can now receive an email to let you know when a new blog is posted so you don’t miss anything.  Just click the link on the right, and fill in your email address.  

Check out the blogs covering the 2014 Belfast and Dublin Research Trips from October.  It's not too early to begin planning for 2015.   Complete the registration form and send your deposit to reserve a place.

You can also find me on Facebook at Donna Moughty Genealogy and if you are on Twitter, you can also follow me @DMoughty.  I tweet exclusively on #IrishGenealogy highlighting interesting articles and resources.  

Off on a Genealogy Cruise

   I’m headed out to lecture on a Genealogy Cruise this week, so no blog.   In March, I’ll be conducting four classes for the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research.  Check out their offerings and sign up for classes. 

Creating a Strong Foundation

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   Whenever you build something it’s important to have a strong foundation.  Building your family tree is no different...a weak foundation can cause your tree to collapse.  Whether you are just starting or trying to fix some earlier problems (we all have them), focusing on the basics can help you get back on track.  …

Happy New Year

   Best Wishes to All for a Happy New  Year.  I’m still catching up from the holiday and hope to be back to my blog in a week or so.  In the meantime, check out all the wonderful things that became available in 2014 for Irish researchers from

Genealogy Software - RootsMagic

   A  few weeks ago I wrote on two Mac software packages for keeping your genealogy data.  I got a little behind last week, so today, I’m looking at RootsMagic.  As I discussed in my previous blog, my evaluation of the software is based on two of my personal criteria…source citation and reports.  

Thanksgiving is Family Health History Day

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   I’m interrupting the software blogs for this very important announcement.  Just in case you don't already know, the Surgeon General of the United States (currently Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, MD, MPH) has declared Thanksgiving Day to be

Genealogy Software

    I’ve spent the past two weeks preparing two new lectures which were given last Monday (Getting the Most out of FindMyPast) and yesterday (Genealogy Software).  If you want to learn something, write a lecture about it <g>.



   Conference season starts early this year.  The Federation of Genealogical Societies, whose conference is usually in August, will be joining forces with RootsTech this year for a mega conference in Salt Lake City (last year RootsTech pulled in 13,000 people).  …

Irish Family History Foundation


   The Irish Family History Foundation provides information on births/ baptisms, marriages and deaths which are critically important prior to the start of civil registration.  It’s a site I use regularly and it’s been my habit to have credits available so I can purchase transcriptions as needed.  …

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.  …

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