Books for Irish family history research

While you’ll find lots of family history information online, the traditionalists among us often prefer to hold a book in our hands.


Book-signing by the authors

Last week in his blog, Dick Eastman posted a review of the book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, 4th Edition, by John Grenham. Published in 2012, the book isn’t new, but it stands as one of the most useful books in Irish genealogy.


Grenham’s guide to online Irish records

John Grenham now seems nicely moved-in and settled at his new website home, Today he blogs about his updated answer to the question, “What Irish genealogical records are online?”


The clock is ticking!

The Celtic Connections Conference ’16, August 5-6 in Minneapolis, is less than three months away, and you have only three weeks (and counting) to get the discounted registration fee of $150 for both conference days. This low rate is available only until May 31, so it’s time to get serious about attending this unique Midwest […]

September is a lovely time to be in Ireland

Ireland is a great place to visit – perhaps anytime of the year – but both our glorious trips have been in September. In 2016 there’s a secondary reason to plan travel in September: the Diaspora of the Wild Atlantic Way.


New home for Grenham’s Irish Ancestors

John Grenham announced in February that his weekly “Irish Roots” column and his “Irish Ancestors” database would be leaving The Irish Times website. In her blog posting today, Claire Santry has the scoop about where the “Irish Ancestors” database has been relocated.


How good are the new indexes?

When the indexes of Catholic parish records were released by Ancestry and findmypast this month, did you wonder how dependable and thorough they were?

A reference library for Irish research

We’re on the road headed back to Minnesota so I have limited time for blogging. Nonetheless I wanted to share Donna Moughty’s book recommendations for our home Irish reference libraries.


Precise dates on Griffith’s Valuation

Although John Grenham’s columns are no longer published in the Irish Times, we can continue to read his tips and witticisms at a different website, on his blog.


Bad-news start to February

I awoke to find my regular Monday-morning email message from Clare Roots Society (CRS), but this one carried a sad message. John Grenham is leaving the Irish Times, and today’s column is his “penultimate” according to CRS.