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Rootstech 2024 review

Rootstech 2024 review

As I write this, I’m still in a snowy Salt Lake City. It’s the day after Rootstech 2024. This was my first visit to the world’s largest genealogy conference, but definitely not the last. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, Rootstech is part trade show (a full Expo Hall of stands…

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…

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…

Halloween Genealogy

We’re well into autumn now in Dublin, the leaves are falling, the evenings are getting darker and we’re anticipating Halloween. Decorated houses are popping up all over my town. According to John Grenham, the surname Death features in Kilkenny, Wexford and Wicklow. In the 1901 census, 31 unfortunate Deaths lived in a variety of counties,…

Rootstech 2024

I am delighted to announce that I’ll be speaking at Rootstech 2024 in Salt Lake City, Utah. I’m giving 2 lectures: one is on Irish civil records & the second is dissecting an Ancestry hint. Rootstech is largest genealogy convention in the world. Think ComicCon for genies, professional and hobbyists alike. It takes place on…

Heritage Week

Heritage Week runs across the country from 12 – 20 August. Yes, I know that’s more than a week: I didn’t pick the name! I will be doing a DNA talk in Fingal Archives in Swords, Co. Dublin on Thursday 17 August. Space is limited at the venue so booking is essential.

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…