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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 I plan to repeat (and add to) a series I wrote in 2011 on Strategies for Irish research.  Some of the methodology remains the same, but lots has happened since 2011. 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 this past year.  Unfortunately, because of foot surgery in July, I won’t be taking a group in 2017, but the dates for 2018 are Oct 7-13 in Belfast and October 14-20 in Dublin.  It’s not too early to start planning.  

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Civil Registration in Ireland

   Irish Civil Registration began in 1864 for all births, deaths and marriages, and in 1845 for Protestant marriages.  Even if your ancestors left before that time, it is likely that family members remained. …

Administrative Divisions: Poor Law Unions

  I just realized (as I was about to start discussing records in Ireland) that I was so excited to start the information on finding a locality in Ireland, I neglected to cover Poor Law Unions.  

Don’t forget the collaterals

   I ended last week’s blog with a comment about the importance of searching ALL of the family members.  Elizabeth Shown Mills’ principle of identifying your ancestor’s FAN club (friends, associates and neighbors) can be key in solving your brick wall of a location in Ireland.  …

It’s all about location, location, location!

   I’m just back from a great Eastern Caribbean Genealogy Cruise, lecturing with Diana and Gary Smith and Dick Eastman.  What a great way to relax, visit some wonderful locations, AND get great genealogical information.  …

Administrative Divisons: Baronies and Counties

   It is likely if you’ve uncovered any information about your ancestor’s origins in Ireland it is the county.  Here’s the bad records were kept at the county level.  …

Irish Administrative Divisions: Parishes

Mitchell, Brian, A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland, 
(Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1986), 115.

   Once you have identified the townland where your ancestor lived in Ireland, and have referred to the 

Irish Administrative Divisions: Townlands

"Pat" Moughty Land Barnacor

 Townland of Barnacor in County Longford

   As I mention frequently, researching in Ireland is all about time and place. For the past month I’ve discussed creating a strong foundation for your research…understanding the Genealogical Proof Standard and the importance of having a plan.  …

Irish Quick Reference Guides


  I’m excited to announce the release this week at RootsTech of two Quick Reference Guides I’ve written on Irish Research. 

Guide #1 - Preparing for Success in Irish Records Research steps you through the process for answering the two most important questions in order to be successful in Irish Research:

Creating a Research Plan

   So far this year, I’ve discussed the basics of sound genealogical research using the Genealogical Proof Standard.  Now you’re ready to research!  Do you have a research plan?  When you sit down at your computer do you just open up a database (Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, American Ancestors, etc.) and type in a name?  …

Resolving Conflicting Evidence

  Over the past few weeks I’ve mention conflicting evidence a number of times.  As I like to say in many of my lectures…it’s something I can guarantee…just like death and taxes.  In the first

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