Comparing the “Big Four”

Do you ever wonder which online genealogy service is best? The “Big Four” are Ancestry, FamilySearch, findmypast and MyHeritage.


Unusual sources for Irish research

In the latest issue of Irish Roots Magazine, genealogist Elaine Hannon provided “7 Unusual Ways to Trace Your Irish Ancestors”:


Missing 1911 census returns

In his blog this week John Grenham provides a listing of several categories of “missing” 1911 returns.

FMP Catholic Heritage Archive

Today Findmypast (FMP) released the following announcement about an important new initiative.


Google Maps can help

All Irish family historians encounter townland mysteries at some point in their research.

A posting by Laura Carroll of the Irish Family History Centre provides a potentially valuable approach when you get stuck:

Catching up with Claire

In her January 12th blog, Claire Santry posted the “catch-up dozen” of Irish Genealogy News items.

Read all about it here:

Free access to Findmypast BMD records

This could be the weekend to make a breakthrough in your research.

Findmypast has announced free access to its 1.9 billion birth, marriage, death and census records. The offer is good for four days, ending at 2 pm CST, Sunday, January 15.

Start your journey here:

NEHGS launches database

I’m posting this from Morocco. In between tours, including visits to Berber families living in caves and tents and a dromedary ride in the Sahara Desert, I’ve had little time for genealogy research. However if your ancestors passed through greater Boston, read on.


Good news from IGRS

The Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) has announced another boost to its early Birth/Marriage/Death indexes.

Explore local history treasures

Happy 2017! The new year will definitely be happy if you’re interested in the history of Minneapolis or Hennepin County.