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Research Tip of the week

 For the most part genealogists are immersed in 19th century newspapers, parish registers, estate papers, etc., in the hunt for an elusive ancestor. Sometimes however a search can be in the not too distant past, and often that search can … Continue reading

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Research Tip of The Week

The Benefits to Research of Procrastination In researching a family on Census returns recently I came across an interesting anomaly. To protect the anonymity of the family involved I have changed the details in the example below, but the point … Continue reading

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Research Tip of The Week

Marriage Settlements A recent search had as its starting point a prerogative marriage license bond from 1780.  A prerogative marriage license bond indicated that one or both of the parties had substanial resources. The next step for us automatically led to … Continue reading

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Research Tip of The Week

Be not afraid…step away from the screen! A couple of tips ago Carmel wrote about how an index reference is no substitute for viewing the document itself. My tip this week is in a similar vein. With the ongoing digitisation … Continue reading

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Research Tip of the week

Shipping Records   We recently undertook research for a family involved in shipping.  Some members of the family were master mariners and as part of our research we used a resource less commonly used – the ‘Shipping agreements and Crew … Continue reading

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Research Tip of the Week

An important step to selecting the correct record. With online searching now the order of the day, often records are chosen at random and you are left wondering well, have I selected the correct record.? So, for example, based on … Continue reading

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Research Tip of the Week

He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother…and he holds the key to unlocking my family history! Okay, so the latter part of that might not quite be true to The Hollies version, but it can be true of tracing one’s ancestors. … Continue reading

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Research Tip of The Week!

The search for a birth certificate online. I have recently been researching a family that lived on Inishbofin, not the island off the Galway coast but a smaller one off the coast of Donegal. I had located the family in … Continue reading

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Research Tip of The Week

As we head towards our national holiday, we think of what makes us Irish. Central to that would be our love of storytelling. Family stories are a key component in the genealogist’s arsenal.  Alas, stories are a double edged sword … Continue reading

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Research Tip of The Week.

It’s a wise child know’s its’ own father. In Irish research you will often find clusters of family surnames in places – Bluett in Ballina, county Mayo; Clooney in county Kilkenny; Butterly in county Louth, to name but a few.  … Continue reading

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