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Happy St Patrick’s Day

Today is not the St Patrick’s Day we’d hoped for in Ireland. Our parades are cancelled and most people are cocooned at home, worried about COVID-19. Let’s take a look at some St Patrick’s day-related genealogy. This blog post stems from some research done as part of the National Library’s Genealogy Advisory Service last year.…

Leap day thoughts

I often find it happens in genealogy that I’m researching someone and discover that it is their birthday or death anniversary on the very day I’m looking them up. Earlier this week, I was adding a distant cousin to my tree, newly discovered, but then found that it was the second anniversary of her death.…

Sponsoring DNA tests

Having read this post on the success of sponsoring DNA tests to break down genealogical brick walls, it is time to sponsor some of my own. Readers of my blog will be aware of my Ure One-Name Study, which seeks to trace all Irish Ures and see how they link to my own. I’ve taken…

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…