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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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The Tithe Applotment

   I’ve discussed Griffith’s and the records that follow it, the Revision Books, and the Landed Estate Court Rentals, but what about before?  The Tithe was a tax paid by occupiers of agricultural land to support the Church of Ireland.  …

Landed Estate Court Rentals

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   By the end of the famine, many of the estates in Ireland were bankrupt, however, these estates could not be easily sold because they were entailed.  In 1849, the Encumbered Estates Court was set up to assist with the sale of bankrupted estates.  …

The Revision Books at PRONI

   Last week I explained what happened after Griffith’s with the Revision Books.  The original Revision Books for the six counties of Northern Ireland were sent to the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) and they have been 

What’s After Griffith’s?

   Glad you asked!  Since Griffith’s was a tax list, it had to be kept up to date so the government would always be able to identity the taxpayer.  After Griffith’s the valuators would return with notebooks every few years to document the current occupancy.  …

Is Griffith’s more than just names?

Griffith's Doagh

   Last week I wrote about getting to the right place to research Griffith’s Valuation.  Some of the frequent comments I get are:  It’s just a list of names; there are so many people of the same name, how can I tell which is mine?

Griffith’s Valuation

   I’m back to Irish records, beginning this week with land and tax records. By the way, if you didn’t catch it, you can still view my lecture Researching Your Irish Ancestors Online until July 10th at the

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree

   I’m currently cruising along at 32,000 feet on my way back home from the Southern California Jamboree.  I thought I’d take a break from my series on Irish research to talk about the Jamboree and some of the sessions I attended.  …

Irish Census Substitutes

   The issues with the Irish census are frustrating to say the least!  Is there any place you might find your ancestors in 19th century records?  As I’ve said before, it all depends on time and place.  …

1911 Irish Census

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The Patrick Martin House in Doagh, Magheracloone, County Monaghan

   There are few differences between the 1901 and 1911 census.   The 1911 adds columns for the number of years married and like our 1900 and 1910 censuses in the US, for females, the number of children born and the number still living.   …

Irish Census - The Good and the Bad

   So far this year, I’ve discussed the basics of good research, Irish jurisdictions, finding your ancestor’s locality in Ireland, civil registration and church records.  So what’s next?  For most US researchers the question of census records comes up.  …

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