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New Autumn term of genealogy classes

Booking is now open for the new term of my beginner’s genealogy class in Malahide Community School. Walk-in enrolment will take place on Monday 16th September 2019 and I’ll be on site to answer any questions you may have. Classes will start on Tuesday 17th September and run for 10 weeks with a midterm break at…

Family size

Inspired by my friend Dara’s similar post, I thought I’d take a look at family size in some generations of my family. I’ve gone for 3 generations, as before that, I can’t be certain I know all the siblings in each family. I also took a look at the infant mortality. In my parents’ generation,…

The Rotunda Strikes Again!

This is my great-grandfather, Peter Reilly. He died when my grandmother was just a young girl and we didn’t know much about him. She always said he came from Cork but on the 1911 Census, his birth place said Dublin. Reilly is a very common surname* and I hadn’t any luck finding a birth cert…

Lopsided Matches?

If, like me, you’ve embraced genetic genealogy as a valid way to advance your family tree, then you may have found that one side of your tree has yielded a lot more matches than the other. This is certainly true for my maternal lines versus my paternal lines. In this post, I take a look…

The Importance of Reviewing your own Research

I’d been aware for some time that the parents of my ancestor James Lawless (1857-1920) were called Thomas and Bridget but didn’t know much about them or her birth surname. When James married in 1876, the church just recorded his parents as Thomas and Bridget Lawless. By playing around with records* a few years ago,…

Brexit

Politics and genealogy don’t often collide but the advent of Brexit, now apparently only 3 weeks away, has led a lot of British people to explore their ancestry as a means to retain EU citizenship. If you’re one of the alleged 1 in 4 British people with Irish ancestry, you may be able to obtain…

Playing around with DNA Painter

I’ve been playing around with DNA Painter, which is a nifty little tool to help triangulate DNA matches. You create a profile and then paste in the chromosome matches from FTDNA or Gedmatch (or any of the others, except Ancestry). The latter is still lacking a chromosome browser so unless you can persuade a match…

New Spring 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 enrolment will take place on Monday 21st January 2019 and I’ll be on site to answer any questions you may have. Classes will start on Tuesday 28th January and run for 10 weeks. Lots of people will have…

The proof is in the pudding

There’s been a lot of negative press recently about DNA testing and at least some of it is ill-informed. Personally, I don’t feel it’s any more “dangerous” than posting on Facebook or any other social media. The value for me far outweighs the risk. Just look at this family mystery I solved with the help…