Petty sessions court records

Do you have a subscription to Findmypast? If not, you should plan a trip to the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) Library where you can research Findmypast on library computers.


The “mire of difficulty” around surnames

One of the Irish genealogy blogs I periodically check is ‘TIMELINE Genealogy in Ireland’, written by Nicola Morris. While researching the Maher family, she encountered surname variants that made her work particularly challenging.

CSORP at the National Archives

The Chief Secretary’s Office Registered Papers (CSORP), held by the National Archives of Ireland, are yet another source for genealogical details.


Irish Newspapers

I’ve found U.S. newspapers to be really valuable in filling blanks and adding context to my family history research. However I’ve rarely looked at Irish newspapers, and I must change my ways.


Another free source

I’m always on the lookout for new, free Irish genealogy resources and recently discovered Timeline Research Ireland, established in 2006 by Dr. Robert Somerville Woodward and Nicola Morris.