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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 wrote a series on Strategies for Irish Research.  There’s lots happening with Irish records! 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.  Both the Belfast and Dublin trips are sold out for 2018, but it’s not too early to start planning for 2019.  Email me to let me know if you want to be added to the list.  

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And the winner is…

   I want to thank everyone who participated in my website survey.  It is now closed, but I’m always interested in feedback so please feel free to email me with any thoughts you have.  The winner of the set of

Survey Comments

   I want to thank all of you that have responded to the survey I posted last week. Your thoughtful comments about what you would like to see in the future are very helpful.   If you haven’t yet responded, the

Website Redesign

   I’m afraid it’s time for me to “bite the bullet” and begin the process of a website redesign.  Since 2011 I’ve been using a standalone Mac software program called Sandvox.  The software is easy to use (I upgraded from iWeb) but I’m afraid the developer is not keeping up with some needed new features.

Did your Irish ancestors spend time in the UK?

      If you’re lucky, your Irish ancestors may have spent some time in England or Scotland prior to their emigration to the US, Canada or Australia.  I say lucky, because England and Scotland have a lot more records than Ireland and sometimes those records will tell you where in Ireland they originated. …

Records where you least expect them

Petition for Naturalization
Hugh O'Hagan

   I’ve often mentioned that my own research takes a back seat to client work and lectures.  I do however, frequently use my own family as a topic for this blog.  About a month ago, I contacted a woman who had a DNA match to my husband, Brian (he gets all the matches…me, not so much).  …

A Genealogy Vacation in Ireland


   It’s that time of year when people are planning their summer vacation and if you're lucky, it will include some genealogy.  I’ve noticed a lot of posts on various Facebook genealogy locality pages of people commenting that they will be in Ireland this summer and asking questions about the area.  …

DNA Day at Jamboree


   I’m just back from Jamboree and my head is spinning with all the new information.  Thursday was DNA day and with seven concurrent session in six time slots there was something for everyone. …

Southern California Jamboree 2018

   First, I’d like to thank everyone who shared last week’s blog.  I received lots of positive comments and I hope it helped people better understand how to use maps in their Irish research.  …

Are you using maps in your Irish research?

   I’m always amazed when people aren’t using maps.  I had a person tell me one time that they planned to visit a cousin who lived just outside of Dublin.  When I asked where, thinking they would say Wicklow or Meath, the answer was Donegal!  …

Be smart about using social networking

   It’s been a tough couple of months for social networking.  First the Facebook privacy issues and then the GedMatch DNA use by law enforcement. defines social networking as: “an online community of people with a common interest who use a website or other technologies to communicate with each other and share information, resources, etc."  …

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