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Autumn Adult Education

It might be still Spring, but Malahide Community School’s Autumn Adult Ed program is already out. I’ll be running my popular Irish Genealogy course in person for 10 weeks starting 16th Sept. This is the thirteenth year of running the class in my alma mater. It’s always good fun and I’m always refining the topics…

Guinness is Good for You

For St. Patrick’s Day 2024, I’m taking a look at a new collection on Ancestry of Guinness records. Guinness, in case you didn’t know, is one of Ireland’s most famous exports. The Guinness Store House is a top tourist attraction in Dublin. I actually don’t much like the black stuff, but I do recognise the…

Celebrating 10 years

This month sees a personal milestone. I’ve been blogging about genealogy for 10 years! I’ve been taking commissioned work for a little longer but the blog is really what helped to build my online presence (along with Twitter). Here’s a word cloud of the most common words on my blog. The blog started out with just…

Back to Our Past

Back to Our Past returns to the RDS in Ballsbridge, Dublin this weekend. It will feature trade stands from some of the big genealogical organisations – both commercial and state repositories as well as family history societies. I’ll be delivering two talks – my first in-person events for over two years! Saturday 12 noon: Tracing…

My Genealogy Story

A new initiative born from Twitter sees family historians talking about their genealogy origin story using the hashtag #MyGenealogyStory. Here’s mine. I was a child who was interested in the past. I loved history at school. I researched some of my recent ancestors named when choosing my confirmation name. At 12, we were given a…

January term in Malahide

We’ve only just finished the last term on Monday but Malahide Community School Adult Education is quick off the mark to advertise the next term. My 10-week in-person beginners Irish Genealogy class would make a lovely Christmas gift. It’s a steal at just €110. We start back on 31st January 2022. Details & booking here.…