Free Irish records on Ancestry

Happy St Patrick’s Day! You can celebrate through Monday with free access to Irish records on Continue reading Free Irish records on Ancestry

What happened to Mike?

My attention is always drawn to the people in our family tree with an UNKNOWN death date. Where did they go? What’s their story? Continue reading What happened to Mike?

St Patrick’s bargains

Here are a few discounts being offered to celebrate St Patrick’s Day:

Findmypast: One-month subscription is reduced 50%, to only $9.98 for FMP’s “Essential British and Irish” package: The discount ends March 18. If you’re not feeling up to a 30-day marathon of research, Findmypast is also offering 10% off their 12-month subscriptions.

FamilyTreeDNA: Autosomal ‘Family Finder’ test is only $59, a savings of $20. The reduced price doesn’t include shipping and is good through March 18. Check it out here:

AncestryDNA: Save 30% on AncestryDNA kits – $69 instead of $99 – until Monday, March 18:

A step-by-step guide to tracing your Irish family hisotry

Just in time for St Patrick’s Day, the Irish Times has published John Grenham’s step-by-step guide to tracing your Irish ancestry.

Read the tutorial here:


Plan ahead for upcoming IGSI classes

The Irish Genealogical Society Intl (IGSI) has kicked into high gear, planning two classes per month and holding them in two locations! Check out the schedule: Continue reading Plan ahead for upcoming IGSI classes

New birth/marriage indexes at Findmypast

Findmypast has released “new and improved Irish Civil Registration Indexes.” Here’s the full text of their official announcement: Continue reading New birth/marriage indexes at Findmypast

David Rencher at IGHR in Athens, GA, on June 2-7

The following announcement about the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) comes from the Georgia Genealogical Society, just in time to take advantage of Early Bird pricing which ends this Saturday, March 10. (Registration for the conference ends Sunday, May 6.)

Details below:

*IGHR 2018 Irish Genealogical Research*

*David E. Rencher, **AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, a renowned expert on Irish
genealogical research, will be coordinating and teaching* *Irish
Genealogical Research* at *the Institute of Genealogy and Historical
Research (IGHR), Saturday, June 2 – Thursday, June 7, 2018*, in Athens,
Georgia at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education &
Hotel. You can view the daily schedule for *Irish Genealogical Research* on
the IGHR website

*Irish Genealogical Research **provides a good cross-section of key Irish
record sets along with the methodologies needed to uniquely identify
individuals and families. While Irish research can be challenging at times,
this course is designed to help the beginner to advanced researcher with
the skills needed to be successful in their research. The records of all of
the major religions in Ireland are treated and the course materials will
cover the 16th through the early 20th centuries.*

David Rencher is employed as the Chief Genealogical Officer for
FamilySearch. A professional genealogist since 1977, he is one of the rare
few who have earned both credentials: Accredited Genealogist with ICAPGen
in Ireland research and Certified Genealogist with the Board for
Certification of Genealogists. He graduated from Brigham Young University
in 1980 with a BA in Family and Local History. He is a past-president of
the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 1997–2000, a National
Genealogical Society umbrella organization, a past-president of the Utah
Genealogical Association (UGA) 1993–1995 and a Fellow of that organization.
He is a fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society, London and is a
vice-president of the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU). He is a Trustee
of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History and
an instructor for the British Institute.

IGHR provides an educational forum for the discovery, critical evaluation,
and use of genealogical sources and methodology through a week of intensive
study led by premier genealogical educators who are leading researchers and
scholars in the field. Students choose one course that lasts throughout the

In Athens, IGHR attendees enjoy classes, most accommodations, and food
under the same roof at the *University of Georgia Center for Continuing
Education & Hotel* located on the campus of the University of Georgia. In
addition to the convenient venue, excellent courses, and opportunities to
network and socialize with fellow genealogists, IGHR attendees benefit from
access to the outstanding libraries of the University of Georgia including
the Main Library with its *worldwide* collection of historical and
genealogical material, maps, and government documents; the Alexander
Campbell King Law Library; and the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript
Library. Furthermore, the Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room
provides researchers the opportunity to use limited-access databases as a
FamilySearch Affiliate Library.

For more information about IGHR, hosted by the Georgia Genealogical
Society, please visit our website and follow us on
social media. We appreciate your help in spreading the news about this
excellent opportunity to learn more about Irish genealogy through the
Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research!

Beyond Griffith’s Valuation

Next Saturday, March 10, IGSI will be sponsoring another Irish Saturday class. Attending the class will be a good way to get ready for St Patrick’s Day! Continue reading Beyond Griffith’s Valuation

Irish Genealogy Matters

We’re on the road this week, headed back to Minnesota after spending January and February in warmer places.  Not much time to blog but wanted to share a link to a new newsletter, Irish Genealogy Matters. Continue reading Irish Genealogy Matters

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

The latest school shooting in Florida is too horrific to write about here, but the woman after whom the school was named has a Minnesota connection. Continue reading Marjory Stoneman Douglas