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New Autumn Term in Malahide Community School

Booking is now open for the new term of my beginner’s genealogy class in Malahide Community School. Walk-in enrollment will take place on 17th September. Classes will start on Tuesday 2nd October and run for 10 weeks. Lots of people will have gotten DNA tests over the summer why not learn how to make the most…

Perseverance is worth it!

One of the common problems for the family historian exploring the new world of DNA testing is people not replying to your messages. I tested my great-aunt (now 92 & going strong) in the summer of 2015 with Family Tree DNA. As one of only two remaining in my grandparents’ generation, I thought it was…

Tracing your Malahide Ancestors

  I’ll be giving a talk to the Malahide Historical Society on Wednesday 11th April 2018 in the Presbyterian church hall in Malahide at 8pm. Non-members are welcome. I’ve researched a local Malahide family using the census, births, deaths & marriage registers and church & grave records. Photos used by kind permission of the Malahide…

Spring Term in Malahide Community School

Booking is now open for the new term of my beginner’s genealogy class in Malahide Community School. Enrolling on Monday 22nd January, where I will also be available to talk to prospective students. Classes will start on Tuesday 30th January and run for 10 weeks. Lots of people will have gotten DNA tests for Christmas: why…

The stranger in the grave

Glasnevin cemetery claims to have 2 million people buried within its walls, and a substantial portion of my Dublin ancestors are there. I got the full details of a grave for a family of Longs, who were related to my great-grandmother, Mary Agnes Long. John Long, a butcher, his wife, Mary Teresa Long née Waters and…

DNA helps solve a family mystery

My ancestor Thomas Henry Guerins had a younger brother called Joseph Francis. Here is the family on the 1911 census in Limerick city. He disappeared at some stage in the late 1910s and was never seen again. Using a combination of traditional genealogical research methods and DNA testing, I’m thrilled to say that I found…

Ancestors in surprising places

I’ve written extensively about my MP ancestor, Michael Joyce before but I had never identified his parents’ marriage. Richard Joyce and Bridget Tubbs‘ oldest recorded child was born in 1847, so there was a likely marriage date of 1-2 years before that but nothing showed up in the various Limerick city church registers. There was…

Mystery Man

Who is this man? I found this photo, and another copy of it in my grandmother’s photos. There’s no name or any writing on the back and he doesn’t look like any known member of the family. She has photos of other family members in this bundle but most date from the 1920s/1930s. This man’s…

Game Changer

Ennis, Co. Clare on 16th March 2017 talk to the Clare Roots Society on the civil registers. An audio transcript of this talk is available via their website or the link below. Game changer: how online access to the civil registers has forever changed Irish genealogy