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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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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.  …

Day 13 - National Archives of Ireland

   According to their website, the mission of the  National Archives of Ireland is:

To secure the preservation of records relating to Ireland which warrant preservation as archives

To ensure that appropriate arrangements are made for public access to archives

Day 12 - The National Library of Ireland

   After a good Irish breakfast the group was off to the National Library (just across the street) for a 9:30 orientation to the Library and the Genealogy Advisory Service.  By 11:00 most everyone had gotten their Reader’s Cards, internet access, and had begun their research.  …

Day 10 and 11 - Belfast to Dublin

      The research week in Belfast came to an end on Friday night and we had a final dinner at St. George’s Market.  Saturday morning was the train to Dublin to prepare for the Dublin group, arriving primarily on Sunday.  …

Day 9 - Guest Blog from Jean Humeniuk

Bannon House in Upper Fathom

  Donna and I went to the Registry of Deeds where I was able to obtain copies of the memorials (the transcript of the deed that was copied into the register) for the 1813 lease, the 1930 purchase, and the 1951 sale.  …

Day 8 - Registry of Deeds in Belfast

   Today is going to be a short blog, because one of the researchers is going to write a bit about her experience today at the Registry of Deeds in Belfast, part of the Land and Property Services department.  …


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