Desperately Seeking Angie

Mary Angela Bridgeman is my paternal great grandmother and I have been searching for her for the last 3 years.  This is the second time a great grandmother has eluded me; it took me 2 years to find my maternal great grandmother and the joy at finding her final resting...

Adoption Story : Helen

I have mentioned in previous fb posts about trying to help someone find their birth mother.  You have often wished me and her well in our search and I would now like to share the full story with you.  I have changed the names to protect the people involved…...

Adoption Story – My Sister

This blog post is about helping my younger sister to find her biological father.  I do have her permission to write this blog but she asked that I don’t use her name. I come from a family of 6 children; 3 biological and 3 adopted.  My mother tells me that even before...

Starting Young

I am often asked by clients for advice on starting their Family History Research.  And when I think back when I started my research, the best piece of advice I could have done with was; Start When You Are Young(er) The reason being that if you leave it until you...

Burial Records Online : Fingal

Still on the theme or burials/graveyards, a number of county councils have published some of their burial records online. One of these is Fingal County Council in North Dublin. They have published the burial record including the extract from the burial register which...

Dublin City Catholic Graveyards

Have you ever noticed, while wandering around Dublin City and its environs, that there are a distinct lack of graveyards beside Catholic Churches? Have a think about it; neither St. Mary’s ProCathedral in Marlborough Street, St Catherine’s in Meath Street, Saint...

Grave Hunting at Glasnevin Cemetery

During a recent history tour of Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin, I learnt that there are more dead people buried in Glasnevin Cemetery than are living in Dublin today.  On your ‘Irish Family History’ journey I’m sure you will come across some...

Long Lost Family

One of the most fantastic things about doing family tree research is meeting relatives that you never knew existed.  During the summer I was fortunate enough to meet a new O’Gorman 3rd cousin Terri. It would probably be useful to give you a very quick family...

Desperately Seeking Julia

I have been searching for my great grandmother Julia O’Farrell’s grave for nearly 2 years.  Sometimes I would just leave it, hoping that looking at it with a fresh pair of eyes weeks later would uncover something new.   It was one of those searches...

Boots on the Ground

Finding out where your ancestors were born and lived on documents such as census records, birth / marriage / death certificates can be a wonderful way to get a sense of the life that they lived.  But you can’t beat going to the places that you see in these...

If there’s a will,there’s a way

…. to find out more about your family history. I mentioned in previous posts about a fire in the Public Records Office in 1922.  Well, unfortunately as well as the majority pre-1900 census records, nearly all the original wills were also destroyed in the...

Exploring Medical History

People from all walks of life decide to explore their irish family history.  What motivates people like you to start this journey varies but can be; a general curiosity that turns into an obsession, a medical condition, to authenticate family stories or to...

Making Sense of Census

I believe most people are aware that the 1901 & 1911 census records are available online at; www.census.nationalarchives.ie/ …… and in my November 2016 blog, I discussed the burning of many of our records at a fire in the Four Courts in Dublin during...

Family Stories / Fact or Fiction?

Good morning, afternoon, evening (depending where you are) one and all…. I was listening to a webinar this week and the speaker reminded me of one important point that I thought worth sharing with you. Take family stories with a pinch of salt and try to substantiate...

Exploring Your Roots in the UK

I was asked recently on my Facebook page whether I trace family members from the UK.  I responded by stating that ‘more often than not, tracing Irish ancestors leads you to many countries such as UK and US’.  While I wouldn’t consider myself an expert at...

Fire at the Public Records Office

One of the most common questions asked about irish genealogy is ….. ‘all the irish records were burnt in the Four Courts during the Civil War in 1922’ so it’s impossible to trace our ancestors. This is not true… For example, the 1901 and...

Gone But Not Forgotten

One of the most touching and sad things that I discovered in tracing my family history was the story of this little girl, Carmel O’Gorman, my maternal Great Aunt or Grand Aunt whichever term you prefer.  If you are not familiar with the...