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Welcome to my blog.   My focus will be on methodology 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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Family Health History

   Are you aware that (US) Thanksgiving is Family Health History Day?  Beginning in 2004, the Surgeon General declared Thanksgiving Day to be a day where families not only gather, but talk about the importance of knowing your health history to ensure a longer and healthier future.  …

Day 16 - The Last Day

   Today is the last day of the trip, and there were still researchers working hard in the Library and Manuscript Reading Rooms.  The National Library is the only respository open on Saturday (from 9:30 - 12:45).  …

Day 15 - Open Research and Back To Our Past

   Lots of scurrying around today to finish up some last minute research.  People were at the National Archives, the National Library and the Valuation Office (and there was some sightseeing involved).  …

Day 15 - Registry of Deeds and Open Research

Registry of Deeds

   Today most of the group continued their work at the various repositories that best fit their needs, including the National Library, National Archives, Valuation Office and the General Register Office.  …

Day 14 - Vauation Office and EPIC

Valuation Office

   Today, half the group worked at the Valuation Office at the Irish Life Center in the morning, and half in the afternoon.  After Griffith's Valuation was completed, updated valuations were done on regular intervals noting any changes that had taken place since the previous valuation.  …

Day 13 - National Library

National Library Reading Room

    On previous trips, the group has started at the National Library, but they are currently closed on Mondays.  The group received an orientation to the Library from one of the staff which covered how to use the catalog and how to order material.  …

Day 12 - National Archives of Ireland


   Today the group researched at the National Archives.  Archives can be overwhelming if you haven’t experienced a close stack repository.  Most of the information on the open shelves are finding aids to help identify the records you want to look at.  …

Day 11 - Arrival day for Dublin

Christ Church copy

   Today was a relatively quiet day.  Some attended services at Christ Church Cathedral for the 11:00 sung Eucharist with their wonderful choir.  The preacher was Mary McAleese, the former President of Ireland and now a canon at the Cathedral.  …

Day 10 - A Guest Blog from Mirta Ramer

Mirta and Anne

   Today was the travel day from Belfast back to Dublin.  Eight of the researchers from Belfast will be spending their second week in Dublin along with an additional six researchers.   Mirta was kind enough to write about her experience in Belfast so I could share it with my readers.

Day 9 - Final Day in Belfast

Dinner at George's

   It’s hard to believe that the week has ended.  It’s been busy, with visits to PRONI, the Ulster Historical Foundation, the Ulster American Folk Park and Mellon Centre for Migration Studies

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