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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.

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Genealogy Software - RootsMagic

   A  few weeks ago I wrote on two Mac software packages for keeping your genealogy data.  I got a little behind last week, so today, I’m looking at RootsMagic.  As I discussed in my previous blog, my evaluation of the software is based on two of my personal criteria…source citation and reports.  

Thanksgiving is Family Health History Day

Karen 1

   I’m interrupting the software blogs for this very important announcement.  Just in case you don't already know, the Surgeon General of the United States (currently Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, MD, MPH) has declared Thanksgiving Day to be

Genealogy Software

    I’ve spent the past two weeks preparing two new lectures which were given last Monday (Getting the Most out of FindMyPast) and yesterday (Genealogy Software).  If you want to learn something, write a lecture about it <g>.



   Conference season starts early this year.  The Federation of Genealogical Societies, whose conference is usually in August, will be joining forces with RootsTech this year for a mega conference in Salt Lake City (last year RootsTech pulled in 13,000 people).  …

Irish Family History Foundation


   The Irish Family History Foundation provides information on births/ baptisms, marriages and deaths which are critically important prior to the start of civil registration.  It’s a site I use regularly and it’s been my habit to have credits available so I can purchase transcriptions as needed.  …

Guest Blog from Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt, CG

   I’ve been back home for about a week and am still trying to catch up.  Thanks to Polly for sharing her experience at the Registry of Deeds.  You can read the complete story and see the original documents on

Day 18 - Visit to Longford

   Today I’m on my own.  I had an early breakfast and headed to Connolly Station for the 9 am train to Mullingar to visit our Moughty cousins.  The trip is just a little over an hour and JJ Moughty picked me up at the station and took me to their home in Ballymahon, Longford to visit with his parents, Jack and Breda.  …

Days 17 - Back To Our Past

   One of the reasons I plan my trip in October is so researchers can visit the Back To Our Past Conference at the RDS.  Here is the opportunity for US researchers to hear a number of local speakers on a wide variety of topics, as well as visit the booths in the exhibit area.  …

Day 15 and 16 - Research, Research, Research

Registry of Deeds Dublin

   For my Dublin group, we’re down to the last few days of research.  Everyone has been introduced to the various repositories, so Thursday and Friday are basically independent research at whatever locations make sense.   …

Day 14 - Valuation Office

Working at the Valuation Office

   Hard to believe I’ve been here two weeks already.  Today the group visited the Valuation Office, one of my favorite places to research.  As long as you have found someone in your family in Griffith’s, this provides an opportunity to follow the property through to, in some cases, the 1970s.  …

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