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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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Roman Catholic Records

   As I mentioned last week, the announcement by FindMyPast about US Roman Catholic records is important to anyone with Catholic ancestry, and that is particularly true of the Irish.  Roman Catholic records can be a key resource for finding a locality in Ireland for your ancestors…the critical piece of information in order to be successful in Irish research.  …

RootsTech 2018

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   I’m back home after spending the week in Salt Lake City working at the Family History Library and attending RootsTech.  It was fun meeting everyone.  The Salt Palace is a huge convention center and I ended up having to get a scooter to get around, after my knee gave out on me Tuesday night.  …

Family History Library

   Just a quick blog today.  I arrived in Salt Lake City yesterday to spend a few days at the Family History Library before the start of RootsTech.  The 28° weather and snow was a shock to my Florida system which was basking in 87° a few days ago.

Ulster Historical Foundation US Tour


Each year the Ulster Historical Foundation schedules a tour of North American cities.  This year they will begin in Augusta, Georgia on March 3rd.  Their full schedule can be found here.  …

Important Irish Genealogy Websites Part III


   In Part I, I discussed the US sources to help identify the place in Ireland.  Part II discussed the primary resources in Ireland.  After you get through the basics, what’s next?  Are there additional resources?  …

Important Irish Genealogy Websites Part II


   It’s a great time to be doing Irish research!  When I look back at the lecture from 2013, I realize how far we’ve come.

Civil Registration

   In 2009 FamilySearch created indexes to birth, death and marriage records from 1864 (1845 for Protestant marriages) to 1957.  …

Important Irish Genealogy Websites Part I



    I did a lecture back in 2013 for FamilyTree Webinars on the Best Irish Genealogy websites.  I wondered how much had changed so I decided to take another look.

   I broke down the lecture into US sources important for finding the place in Ireland, and then Irish sources, once you jumped the pond.  …

Conference Season

   It’s that time of year again…it’s conference season.  A few years ago, Dick Eastman did a study that revealed that 63% of the respondents had never attended a conference.  Wow, are they missing out!  …

Organizing Your Digital Files

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   Thanks to those who provided feedback on last week’s blog.  The case study format seemed to work for many of you, so perhaps I’ll try to do something similar once a month.  Now back to organizing!

Squeezing all the information from a source

   Since the beginning of the year, I’ve talked about reorganizing my office, and my file system.   So far, my resolution to work on my own family and to organize, scan and file all of the papers I found during my “clean out” is working.  …

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