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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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Thanksgiving is Family Health History Day

Medical Pedigree (color)
Karen 1


   Since 2004, Thanksgiving Day has been declared Family Health History Day by the Surgeon General.  I’ve been writing about this every year since I began my blog in 2007, because I feel strongly that this is one of the most important parts of our genealogical research, and one that can help our families.  …

Making Sense of Your Matches on Ancestry

   I’m going to use Ancestry for this example, since it has the largest database.  The process, however, will work with other testing companies as well.  As I mentioned earlier, I wasn’t sure why I should test, and once I did, how to make sense of all of my matches.  …

DNA - Where Do I Test? Part 2

    Last week I answered a question about Y-DNA and mtDNA testing.  Most people today are testing using autosomal (at)DNA. Here you have more options.  Rather than make a recommendation, I’ll pass on my experience and point you to an

DNA - Where do I test? (Part I)

   I’ve had some questions this week about where to test.  Way back in February when I wrote about Creating a Research Plan I emphasized the importance of starting with a question. It’s no different with DNA.

Combine DNA with Cluster Research

1840-9-6 Mughty, John [Bernard] and Mary Glennon Marriage
Moughty, Milltown Cemetery, Moyvore, Westmeath, Ireland

Moughty Gravestone at Moyvore Church, Westmeath Ireland

   Last week I wrote about using DNA to make a connection where written records don’t exist.    DNA by itself is only one tool in your toolbox.  You need to combine it with other records.  …

Breaking a Brick Wall with DNA

Jack and Pat Moughty

   Before I launch into this new topic, I want to remind my readers, especially those of you who may have found this blog later in the year, that my focus this year has been Strategies for Researching your Irish Ancestors

Researching in Ireland Outside of Dublin and Belfast

Leitrim County Library

   For the past two weeks, I’ve discussed researching in the major repositories in Dublin and Belfast.  Although there is much to be found there, you should also plan to travel to the area where your ancestors lived.  …

Researching in Ireland - Belfast

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The Titanic Museum

   It’s that time of year when I'm usually getting ready to leave for Ireland.  Unfortunately this year that wasn’t in the cards.  Having had foot surgery in July, I’m still not walking.  …

Researching in Ireland - Dublin

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   Last chance for those interested in researching in Dublin to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration.  Information on both the Dublin and Belfast Research Trips along with registration forms can be found

Estate Records in Ireland

1809 Rush, George Lease
Rent Roll Longford

Rent Roll from the Harman Estate in County Longford, 1785. National Archives of Ireland

   We’re a week out from Hurricane Irma and I’m happy (and blessed) to say that we had no damage.  We were out of power for 3 days, and Internet, phone and tv for 4 days, but other than some food that had to be discarded everything is fine.  …

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