Last week just got away from me. On Monday, when I'm usually doing my blog, I was flying back to Florida from Connecticut. I did manage to add an update to the Dublin Research Trip (please let me know if you're interested) but never got around to my blog. By the end of the week I figured I'd just wait until this week.
There is a great deal of new information available on the Internet. The key to successful Irish research is knowing the location (townland) in Ireland, and if that information exists it's probably in a record in the U.S. (or other county of emigration). You should, therefore, stay up to date on the new databases from Ancestry and FamilySearch. Ancestry is offering free access to nearly 60 million historical World War II records from Dec 2-7. For FamilySearch, check out the list of records by state to see what's new.
Did your ancestors arrive through Canada? Check out the new blog by Library and Archives Canada for ideas and hints.
Irish databases are also being updated so continue to check the Irish Family History Foundation, FindMyPast.ie and IrishGenealogy.ie. The Irish Genealogy Projects (IGP) is a volunteer project that frequently adds information...you can check by County to see what's new.
Some major software updates have just appeared as well. RootsMagic 5 is now available and Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 with Tree Sync is scheduled to ship later this month. Ancestry has released Version 3 of their app for iPhone, iPad and iPod. According to their blog, they expect to release an Android version later in December.
Lots here to put on that list for Santa. Don't forget to check out the Books list as well.