Great Migration Databases

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is commemorating Independence Day by offering free access to its online and searchable Great Migration databases. You can do research on America’s first settlers at for free this week. Continue reading Great Migration Databases

Obituary errors

Over time I’ve come to value obituaries more than many other family history sources. Obits usually tell the full story of a life: place and date of birth, parents’ names, spouse and children, professional accomplishments, personal interests, etc. I particularly enjoy reading older obituaries, the ones that go into detail about how the person died or who came from a distance to attend the funeral. Continue reading Obituary errors

O’Dwyer Clan Rally 2015

The O’Dwyer Clan Newsletter arrived by email yesterday announcing the O’Dwyer Clan Rally 2015. Continue reading O’Dwyer Clan Rally 2015

Books at 50% off

For many years the Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) has maintained an online bookstore. Times have changed, and other sources are now in a better position to provide this service. We are offering our remaining book inventory at 50%-off its regular selling price. You could benefit! Continue reading Books at 50% off

Findmypast Library Edition

Findmypast has announced the official release of The Findmypast Library Edition.

Their publicity notes collection highlights: Continue reading Findmypast Library Edition


This morning I discovered an excellent article by the Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, about records on the Bureau of Land Management’s website — to be precise, the General Land Office (GLO) automated records and the detailed maps available. Continue reading BLM’s GLO

Discovery Series Maps of Ireland

The Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) plans to liquidate its online bookstore and in the next few days will be announcing a 50%-off sale on books. Their inventory of Discovery Series maps of Ireland has already been reduced in price and can now be purchased for $12 each.

The Ordnance Survey of Ireland (OSI) published the Discovery maps at a scale of 1:50,000. The 1:50,000 scale means that one inch on the map represents 50,000 inches, or a little less than a mile.  Great detail for genealogists! While Ordnance Survey maps may now be available online in a digital format, there’s nothing better than having a paper map to study at leisure. A paper map will not go dead or lose its signal at a critical moment!

A total of 89 Ordnance Survey Discovery maps were published and cover the entire island. Most are still in stock at the IGSI bookstore although supplies are limited. (Maps #15 or #84 are no longer available from IGSI; several others have only 1-2 copies remaining.)

The OSI diagram below shows the area covered by each numbered map. Maps are sufficiently detailed to identify townlands and other landmarks such as churches and graveyards.

OSI_Discovery_Series_Maps-f2516-3a4bbWe’re not aware of any other U.S. source with such an extensive inventory of Discovery maps. Further, you will avoid paying VAT and costly international shipping charges by taking advantage of this special offer.

You can order these brand-new, never-been-used maps through IGSI’s online bookstore. Check out the Discovery Series maps at

IGSI also has a limited inventory of the Ordnance Survey “Half Inch Series” maps. The maps’ scale is 1:126,720 or roughly 1 mile per half-inch. These maps are out-of-print, and IGSI procured what’s left many years ago. The remaining stock of “Half Inch” maps is being sold for $4.00. See what’s available at







Offaly ancestors?

If your ancestors came from County Offaly, you’ll want to read an Irish Central article entitled “5 things you didn’t know about your Offaly ancestors,” written by Niall Cullin in partnership with Findmypast. Continue reading Offaly ancestors?

Ordnance Survey Memoirs – Buy here

In 1830 the Ordnance Survey started the task of mapping the entire country of Ireland at a scale of six inches to one mile. Notes taken during the survey were called “Memoirs,” coming from the abbreviation of the word “Aide-Memoire,” an 18th century term for topographical descriptions accompanying maps. Continue reading Ordnance Survey Memoirs – Buy here