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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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Estate Records in Ireland

1809 Rush, George Lease
Rent Roll Longford

Rent Roll from the Harman Estate in County Longford, 1785. National Archives of Ireland

   We’re a week out from Hurricane Irma and I’m happy (and blessed) to say that we had no damage.  We were out of power for 3 days, and Internet, phone and tv for 4 days, but other than some food that had to be discarded everything is fine.  …

Occupational Records

Slater’s Trade Directory 1846

   I hope all of you in the US are enjoying your Labor Day and having your final barbecue of summer.  Here in Florida it’s summer most of the year, so we’ll continue to cook and eat outdoors.  …

Are You Ready to Research In Ireland?

     I’ve spent this year taking you through a strategy for researching your Irish ancestors which I hope has been helpful to you.  So are you ready to continue your research by visiting Ireland?  …


1935 Moughty, Mary Obituary
Daly, Peter Obituary Stamford Advocate 5 Sep 1944

Peter Daly born in County Mayo, Ireland (from the Stamford Advocate, Connecticut)

   Newspapers are always a wonderful source of family information.  My biggest problem is stopping to read all the interesting articles!  I remember, back in the 1990s visiting Fayette County, Pennsylvania and spending a full day at the Carnegie Library, reading the local paper on one of the oldest microfilm machines I’ve ever seen.  …

Wills and Administrations after 1858

Beginning in 1858, the responsibility for matters of probate was transferred from the ecclesiastical or church courts to the civil courts.  The Principal Registry was set up in Dublin with eleven other district registries set up around the country. …

Wills and Administrations prior to 1858

    In US research we use probate records extensively.  They can help identify the married names of daughters, family land holdings and separate families of the same name.   Like most Irish records, this is a sad story…most of the original wills were lost in the 1922 fire. 

It’s my 10th Blogiversary

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   It’s hard to believe, but yesterday was the 10th anniversary of my blog.  I started my website and blog on July 30, 2007  using iWeb software from Apple.  Most Mondays since then I have written on some aspect of research, primarily related to the Irish, but with some general genealogy blogs when I felt they supported Irish research.   …

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

LEC Cover

   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 

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