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Illegal adoptions

If you’ve lived in Ireland in the past 25 years, you can hardly be unaware of various historical scandals that rocked the country. These included, but were not limited to, industrial school abuse, Magdalene laundries, Mother and Baby homes and illegal adoptions. A couple of years ago, I helped a man called Denis O Sullivan,…

Upcoming talks in Wicklow Libraries

I’m delighted to be presenting two workshops for Wicklow Libraries in the next couple of weeks. Both sessions will be aimed at beginners. I’ll be showing you how to start researching your family tree and showcase the resources available in all the Wicklow branch libraries. We’ll talk about the census, births, deaths and marriage records,…

Ancestry Pro-Tools

Genealogy social media has been awash in the past couple of weeks about Ancestry.com’s newly launched Pro Tools. Initially, it seemed only to be available in the USA but I was able to buy it a couple of days ago. It was a few different prices but now seems to be fixed. Here’s my review.…

Christmas 2023

And so we reach the end of another great year in genealogy. Prompted by a recent discussion, I’ve been looking at the Old Age Pension search forms. This collection is held by the National Archives of Ireland. If you’re not familiar with this small record set, let me enlighten you. In 1908, Ireland was still…

Thoughts on dependence

As many people will be aware, a lot of genealogy happens on the internet these days. As professionals, we depend on certain websites being available to do our work. Irishgenealogy.ie is one of those sites. It’s a state-run free website which hosts civil and religious records. When it launched in 2016, I called it a…

Winter 2023 talks

I have some upcoming talks both online and in-person. 18th November: Really Useful Family History Show – a workshop webinar dispelling the myth that Irish genealogy is difficult! Observer tickets are still available from the website. All recordings will be available for a short period afterward. 25th November: in-person talk on Irish Family History Society‘s…

Irish Wakes

It is often said that the Irish “do death well”. It is quite normal for people who never met the deceased to attend their funeral because they are a co-worker of a bereaved person. As I’ve been researching and revising death & burial recently for the International Institute of Genealogical Studies, I wrote some material…