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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.  

Celtic Connections Conference

   No, I haven’t disappeared, but have been away on vacation for the past three weeks.  I had an opportunity to rest and relax on a cruise to Bermuda, followed by a week in Maine visiting my daughters and granddaughter, followed by a week in Connecticut with more family.  …

Great Offer from FindMyPast

   I’m still on vacation, but came across this great offer from FindMyPast.  €1 for 1 Month, only available until August 31.  Here’s a chance to get access to this excellent resource with many unique databases for your Irish research.   …

Enhanced BMD - now missing!

   If you had a chance to get onto the enhanced index at immediately after the launch, and found some recent connection, congratulations!  After being online for a about two weeks, they disappeared with the message, “Civil Records Search temporarily unavailable.  …

The Genealogist’s Top Ten Places to Visit in IrelandPart 2

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  Last week I looked at the first five locations, all in Dublin.  This week I’ll expand to places outside of Dublin.

6.  The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)

   In 2011 PRONI relocated from it’s location on Balmoral Avenue in South Belfast to the Titanic Quarter.  …

The Genealogist’s Top Ten Places to Visit in Ireland

National Library Reading Room

   Irish Central recently published their list of the Top Ten Places to Visit in Ireland.  You may have seen it since it’s been posted and shared across Facebook and Twitter over 3300 times.  …

Enhanced BDM Index at


   As I tweeted the end of last week, has added “enhanced” indexes to births, deaths and marriages to their website.  What does that mean?  Civil registration began in Ireland in 1864 for all births, deaths and marriages, and in 1845 for Protestant marriages.  …

A Tragic Anniversary

   It was in June of 1922 that the huge loss of Irish historical records occurred.  How did this come to happen?   The agreements that ended the Irish War of Independence were not universally accepted.  …

Magazines and Newsletters for Irish Research

   Magazines and newsletters are a great way to pick up information that can help with your Irish research.  Newsletters might come from societies you join such as the Irish Genealogical Research Society

Using Maps

   I’ve written a few times about using maps in your research.  One of the resources I use constantly is Brian Mitchell’s A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland.  This provides a list of all of the (civil) parishes within the county.  

Using Church Records in Irish Research

   This morning in my email, I had an update from Ancestry on “How to use religion records in family history” with a link to a downloadable guide.  

Ancestry also added a 5-Minute Find on Searching and Using Baptismal Records

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