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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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Church of Ireland


Parish Church of Rossinver - Leitrim

     In 1560 the Church of Ireland became the State Church of Ireland and all other denominations were “dissenters” and therefore subject to various forms of discrimination and persecution.  …

Religion in Ireland - A Historical Perspective


   As I mentioned last week, it’s important to understand that religion in Ireland is a political issue as well as a spiritual one.  Therefore a brief look at the history of Ireland may help you understand their church records.

Unpuzzling Irish Church Records

Church records for Annahilt
Steeple of St. Nicholas (Green)

St. Nicholas Church in Dundalk (Church of Ireland).  This church is also known as the “green church” because of the color of its copper steeple.  My great grandfather, James Sprague was a stonemason and worked on this church.

   Once you have worked through Irish Civil Registra-tion and arrived at the period prior to 1864, you’ll want to begin working through church records.  If they exist, church records may be the only record our Irish ancestors left.  …

Other Civil Registration Indexes

   Last week I focused on the and their indexes and online images.  The images might not be there because:

   • It’s a marriage before 1882

   • It’s a death before 1891

   • It’s a birth after 1915

Civil Registration in Ireland

   Irish Civil Registration began in 1864 for all births, deaths and marriages, and in 1845 for Protestant marriages.  Even if your ancestors left before that time, it is likely that family members remained. …

Administrative Divisions: Poor Law Unions

  I just realized (as I was about to start discussing records in Ireland) that I was so excited to start the information on finding a locality in Ireland, I neglected to cover Poor Law Unions.  

Don’t forget the collaterals

   I ended last week’s blog with a comment about the importance of searching ALL of the family members.  Elizabeth Shown Mills’ principle of identifying your ancestor’s FAN club (friends, associates and neighbors) can be key in solving your brick wall of a location in Ireland.  …

It’s all about location, location, location!

   I’m just back from a great Eastern Caribbean Genealogy Cruise, lecturing with Diana and Gary Smith and Dick Eastman.  What a great way to relax, visit some wonderful locations, AND get great genealogical information.  …

Administrative Divisons: Baronies and Counties

   It is likely if you’ve uncovered any information about your ancestor’s origins in Ireland it is the county.  Here’s the bad records were kept at the county level.  …

Irish Administrative Divisions: Parishes

Mitchell, Brian, A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland, 
(Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1986), 115.

   Once you have identified the townland where your ancestor lived in Ireland, and have referred to the 

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