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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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Be smart about using social networking

   It’s been a tough couple of months for social networking.  First the Facebook privacy issues and then the GedMatch DNA use by law enforcement. defines social networking as: “an online community of people with a common interest who use a website or other technologies to communicate with each other and share information, resources, etc."  …

Let’s Make a Deal

   Did you miss out on the DNA Deals for DNA Day.  No problem.  There’s always something going on, especially around holidays.  You can order a couple of extra kits just to have them for your upcoming travel or summer family reunion.  …

It’s DNA Day

   I’ve been off line for three weeks due to a knee replacement. I actually expected to be back much quicker, but the recuperation has been much slower than I expected.  My PT says I’m ahead of schedule (the surgery was 3 weeks ago today) but I sure don’t feel like it.  …

Cluster for Success

   I frequently discuss the importance of researching everyone in your family.  This is especially true when you’re dealing with a common surname in Ireland.  Back in the early 1990s when I started trying to research my husband’s Daly ancestors I was frustrated.  … (when you know the county)

   Frequently when you do find information about the locality of your ancestor you only know the name of the county. If you’re lucky enough to have an unusual name (like Moughty) and your ancestor was born after civil registration, that may be enough to set you on the right path.  … (when you know the locality)

   Once you have identified a place in Ireland for your ancestors, one of your first stops should be at, a site created by John Grenham, author of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors

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.  …

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