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New Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy

The New Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy by Brian Mitchell is neither that new nor does it fit in your pocket, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time. This is the 4th edition (2020) of a guide first produced 30 years ago by the renowned Derry-based Irish genealogist, Brian Mitchell. I already have…

Ancestry DNA

If you’re thinking about taking a DNA test, then Ancestry is offering 25% off at the moment for Mother’s Day. If you’d like some reasons to take a DNA test: It’s €69 plus shipping in Ireland. This offer lasts until 14th March. If you buy one through this link, I will get a tiny commission,…

Book Review: I know who you are

It’s #WorldBookDay so naturally I want to talk about two of my favourite things: genealogy and reading. This is necessarily a longer review than I normally favour because I’m so enthusiastic about the topic & there’s a lot to discuss. If you are at all interested in genetic genealogy, you will likely already know that…

Upcoming Workshops

I’m delighted to announce 2 genealogy workshops during March in conjunction with Fingal Libraries. Many people don’t know where to start with researching their family history. Fingal Libraries has an array of available subscription sites that you can use in all their branches and the local archives. This series of workshops (the same in each…

Book Review: Inheritance

It’s #SqueezeInARead day in Ireland, so I thought why not also post a book review. As a genetic genealogist, I’m fascinated by this new genre of DNA discovery memoir. From the opening lines of Inheritance by Dani Shapiro, we learn that she took a DNA test and discovered that the man who raised & loved…

Valentines

This year for Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d take a look at how often Irish people were called Valentine in February. St Valentine was a 3rd century CE Roman martyred clergyman who is also the patron saint of beekeepers and asthma. I didn’t know illnesses could have saints, but there you go! He has an…

Birdsite new rules

Today Twitter banned directly linking to other social media (moreorless). It’s absolutely crazy. Here’s my Linktree which connects to everywhere you can find me. There’s a graphic below showing you my main social media. I’m also on LinkedIn and you can find my YouTube channel here.

New Horizons

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been appointed Director of Irish Studies at the International Institute for Genealogical Studies. The Institute has an enormous array of courses for genealogy enthusiasts. I’ll be working to update their Irish content and also help tutor students with Irish ancestry. Their new website is coming at the beginning of…