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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.  



Irish Church Records

   Prior to the start of civil registration in Ireland in 1864, one of the only sources of family information is church records. The vast majority of the population of Ireland has always been Roman Catholic, however because of religious persecution, the records of the Catholic church begin late, usually around 1820.  …

Griffith’s Primary Valuation

   I began a series on Strategies for Finding Your Irish Ancestors this past Saturday for the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research.  The morning session was on strategies for finding a locality in Ireland, and the afternoon session was on using Griffith’s Valuation.  …

Virtual Institute for Genealogical Research

   If you haven’t checked out this site yet, take a look.   Genealogy research is a lifelong pursuit, and one that requires us to constantly learn and upgrade our skills.  I’ve written before about the various Institutes that happen across the country:  

RootsTech/FGS Roundup

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   I got home Sunday morning after taking a 1 am red-eye from  Salt Lake City to Atlanta, connecting with a flight back into Sarasota.  I have to admit I took a nap yesterday afternoon.   …

Researching Your English Ancestors

   Now I’ve really confused you since my focus is Irish research.  But yes, I do have one English line that emigrated twice, in the late 1880s, then went back to England for a few years and returned in the early 1890s.  …

8 am - 5pm at the Family History Library

    Yes, other than a half hour at noon when I went out for a walk, I spent the entire day on floor B2 (British Isles) of the Family History Library.  I came away with six pages of transcriptions of baptisms, burials and marriages in the Parish Church of Ticknall (Church of England) between 1813 and 1878.  …

SLC Here I Come!

    This time next week, I’ll be in Salt Lake City.  I set aside two days for research prior to the FGS/RootsTech Conferences.   It’s always great when conferences are scheduled in places like Salt Lake or Ft. …

Seeking Your Scots-Irish Ancestors

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   The key to success in any Irish research is identifying the location in Ireland where your ancestor lived.  This  can be difficult for anyone doing Irish research, but for those whose ancestors emigrated in the 18th or early 19th centuries, the problem becomes even more difficult.  …

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.  …


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