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Spring Evening Course

It’s that time of year again. People are looking for an evening course & I happen to have one. My course on tracing your ancestors will be starting this day 2 weeks (28th January 2020). I’ll be covering all the basics: the census, civil & church records, land & military records, newspapers and, of course,…

Christmas genealogy

Irishgenealogy.ie is one of the top sites for Irish ancestral research. It contains the historic civil records for Ireland (with data protection limits in place). I use it daily in my work. You can search by a full name or just a first name or surname and also by specific date parameters. But you can…

Another term over

We finished another successful term of my beginner’s genealogy class this evening. My lovely students have indulged me with a photo. I always learn from something from them & we have fun along the way. If you’re interested, I’ll be running another class in the New Year. Details will be available on Malahide Community School’s…

Exciting new project

I’m really excited to share the news of a new genetic genealogy project. Middlesex University lecturer (and my friend) Dr Britta Stordal and I are working with her under-graduate students on a genetic genealogy project. The students will examine the results of direct to consumer DNA tests from anonymous volunteers and attempt to figure out…

The Team

Dr Britta Stordal is a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University. Her background is in cancer research but she has created this project to further her twin interests of science and genetic genealogy. Claire Bradley is an Irish genealogist who is embracing this new angle to complement traditional methods of research.

Results in unexpected places

Readers of my blog will know about my long-term Ure One Name Study. A sister of my Ure ancestor, Margaret, was married by 1901, and widowed by 1911. She had one son. The husband was not present for the census and up til recently I’d never found any evidence of a marriage or the birth…

Always do your own research

I was recently doing some work for a client from Cork. The family had 2 branches, based in Monalahy and Newcastle, 2 townlands near Blarney. When I looked at the 1911 census, I found the 2 branches easily. But for the 1901 census, it wasn’t so easy, as both townlands seemed to be missing from…

The best part..

As a genealogist, the satisfaction of a job well done is usually rewarded by a nice thank email or letter. People will then go on to share the findings with their wider family. It’s not often though that the genealogist gets invited to the family gathering, but that’s what happened to me today. I met…

Tracing your ancestors using DNA review

Tracing your Ancestors using DNA: a guide for Family Historians is published by Pen & Sword and edited by Graham S. Holton, with contributions from John Cleary, Michelle Leonard, Iain McDonald & Alasdair F. MacDonald. Having previously read Blaine Bettinger’s book on the same subject as a beginner a few years ago, I was ready…