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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 2012 Dublin Research Trip and 2013 Dublin Research Trip.  The link takes you to Day 1, just click on previous to move through the blogs.  The 2014 Dublin Research Trip is scheduled for the 12 - 19th of October.  It's not too early to begin planning.  I had a number of requests for a Belfast trip so I’ve planned for five days in Belfast prior to the Dublin Trip.  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. provides access to over 130 million British and Irish records.  IrishOrigins specifically focuses on Irish records.  The Census records & census substitutes contains Griffith’s Valuation and although indexes appear in many locations, this site has one of the better search engines.  …

PRONI - Revision Books

   If only the Republic of Ireland would take some pointers from Northern Ireland!  Last week I wrote about the civil registration indexes.  This week, another wonderful resource, the Valuation Revision Books

General Register Office Northern Ireland

     Last week I retweeted the information that the General Register Office of Northern Ireland (GRONI) had put their indexes online.  This week I’ve had a bit of time to look at the process and I thought I’d pass on my thoughts.

Irish Ancestors - Placenames

   I keep reinterating the fact that in order to be successful in Irish research you need to know the name of your ancestor’s townland. This is the most difficult piece of information to find…depending on the timeframe, most records in the United States will say just "Ireland."  …

   Two weeks ago I wrote about the Irish Family History Foundation and their pay-per-view website for finding church records.  I mentioned that the records for Kerry and western Cork, as well as Carlow and Dublin City are available at

   First of all, Happy St. Patrick’s Day.   Many of the websites I’ve discussed have had special promotions for Irish research this month.  I usually tweet about them when I see them, so if you’re on Twitter, you can follow me

Irish Family History Foundation

   During the late 1980s and early 1990s, local centres in Ireland began a project to index records making them available, for a fee, through county Heritage Centres.  This was a time of high unemployment in Ireland, and young people were trained on computers by having them transcribe these records.  …

Irish Ancestors Website

   My blog is a bit late this week…uploading from a cruise ship just doesn’t seem to work.  Hopefully later today I’ll be able to upload this from an Internet Café in San Juan.  

   John Grenham, a well known Irish genealogist and 

AskAboutIreland - Griffith’s Valuation

   Have you found your family in Griffith’s Valuation? Published between 1847 and 1864 the Primary Valuation of Ireland (better known as Griffith’s Valuation) was done to standardize the basis for taxation across all of Ireland and lists every householder in Ireland.   …

National Archives of Ireland - Census

Mackey, Rachel 1901 Census

   Census records are one of the first records we use as genealogists.  It’s important to find our ancestors in every census in which they were living.  Our records in the US go back to 1790 with the exception of 1890 which was destroyed in a fire.  …

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