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Day 16 - The Last Day

   Today is the last day of the trip, and there were still researchers working hard in the Library and Manuscript Reading Rooms.  The National Library is the only respository open on Saturday (from 9:30 - 12:45).  …

Day 15 - Open Research and Back To Our Past

   Lots of scurrying around today to finish up some last minute research.  People were at the National Archives, the National Library and the Valuation Office (and there was some sightseeing involved).  …

Day 15 - Registry of Deeds and Open Research

Registry of Deeds

   Today most of the group continued their work at the various repositories that best fit their needs, including the National Library, National Archives, Valuation Office and the General Register Office.  …

Day 14 - Vauation Office and EPIC

Valuation Office

   Today, half the group worked at the Valuation Office at the Irish Life Center in the morning, and half in the afternoon.  After Griffith's Valuation was completed, updated valuations were done on regular intervals noting any changes that had taken place since the previous valuation.  …

Day 13 - National Library

National Library Reading Room

    On previous trips, the group has started at the National Library, but they are currently closed on Mondays.  The group received an orientation to the Library from one of the staff which covered how to use the catalog and how to order material.  …

Day 12 - National Archives of Ireland


   Today the group researched at the National Archives.  Archives can be overwhelming if you haven’t experienced a close stack repository.  Most of the information on the open shelves are finding aids to help identify the records you want to look at.  …

Day 11 - Arrival day for Dublin

Christ Church copy

   Today was a relatively quiet day.  Some attended services at Christ Church Cathedral for the 11:00 sung Eucharist with their wonderful choir.  The preacher was Mary McAleese, the former President of Ireland and now a canon at the Cathedral.  …

Day 10 - A Guest Blog from Mirta Ramer

Mirta and Anne

   Today was the travel day from Belfast back to Dublin.  Eight of the researchers from Belfast will be spending their second week in Dublin along with an additional six researchers.   Mirta was kind enough to write about her experience in Belfast so I could share it with my readers.

Day 9 - Final Day in Belfast

Dinner at George's

   It’s hard to believe that the week has ended.  It’s been busy, with visits to PRONI, the Ulster Historical Foundation, the Ulster American Folk Park and Mellon Centre for Migration Studies

Day 8 - North of Ireland Family History Society


Tubs of Correspondence on permanent loan from the Presbyterian Historical Society

   I had not previously visited the North of Ireland Family History Society.  I received an email from the Society inviting my group to visit, so I planned a half day excursion.  The Society Library is located in an industrial park about 6 miles north of Belfast (the taxi drivers were able to find it without any trouble using their GPS).  …

Day 7 - Ulster American Folk Park

Mellon Home 2015

   So far, the weather in Ireland has not be great.  Most days have been overcast or rainy, but we hit the jackpot today.  It was a beautiful, sunny fall day for our trip out to Omagh in County Tyrone.  …

Day 6 - Belfast Ulster Historical Foundation

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   Although this is my sixth day in Ireland, it’s the third day for the Belfast researchers.  Since it wasn’t raining, we were able to walk to the Ulster Historical Foundation (about a mile from the hotel).  …

Belfast Day 5 - PRONI


  The walk from the Titanic Hotel to the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland is just a few blocks.  Unfortunately, it was a rainy morning.  The first stop is the lockers.  All coats and bags need to be put into a locker.  …

Day 4 - Belfast

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    Today is the first official day for the Belfast Research Trip. I attended services at St. Anne’s Cathedral (also know as Belfast Cathedral)  which has a wonderful choir.  Although the current structure was built in the early 1900s, it was built around the older church and the records date back to 1745 with microfilms at PRONI. …

Day 3 - Belfast


    Took the train from Dublin to Belfast this morning.  It’s a comfortable ride of about two hours. This year, for the first time, we’re staying at the Titanic Hotel.  It’s only been open a year and is next to the Titanic Museum in the former offices of Harlan and Wolff, the builders of the Titanic. …

Day 2 - Dublin

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    This morning was spent making arrangements for the Dublin research week, stopping at the National Library, the Valuation Office, EPIC and the Family History Centre and finally the Shelbourne.   …

Day 1 in Ireland

   My day on Wednesday started early in Sarasota with a JetBlue flight to JFK.  The beauty of this connection is that Aer Lingus departs from the JetBlue terminal at JFK, so once checked, my luggage appears in Dublin.  …

Who is Mary Hay Reoch?


“Reoch” taken in Leith, Scotland.  According to Maureen Taylor (The Photo Detective) the picture dates to about 1893.

   As I prepare for this year’s Irish research trip, I’ve been looking at what research I can accomplish.  I’ve got more than a few brick walls (doesn’t everybody doing Irish research).  As I joked in the past, I don’t get a lot of time to work on my own family so things sit for a long time.  …

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