"If you can't get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance"
-George Bernard Shaw

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The National Archives of Ireland

Well fellow genealogists, my inner 3 year old genealogist is jumping up and down yelling "goody goody gum drops!"  Yes I am excited for my newest find in online genealogy.  The National Archives of Ireland has launched a website for genealogists all over the world to search and access records that are held in the archives...and best of all the website is free!!!!!!  (See now why the inner 3-year-old is so excited).

According to the description on the homepage the website will continue to expand over the years and a large amount of information will be available for genealogists to research.  The home page states:

"Welcome to the National Archives Genealogy Website. From this page, you can now access the Census Records for 1901 and 1911, the Tithe Applotment Books from 1823 to 1837, and the Soldiers’ Wills from 1914 to 1917.
This site will have large numbers of other genealogical records added to it over the coming years, including
Calendars of Wills and Administrations, 1858 – 1922;
Nineteenth century census survivals, 1821-51;
Valuation Office House and Field Books, 1848 – 60;
Census Search Forms for the 1841 and 1851 censuses.

All of these records will be free to access, through searchable databases and linked images of relevant pages. Eventually, we hope that the site will contain all of the important and easily accessible genealogical material in the custody of the National Archives." (The National Archives of Ireland website).

The website is found here:

Show your love the the National Archives of Ireland!

And Happy Hunting!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Helping Keep Genealogy Free

So the past couple of days yours truly has been busily working on indexing records for Family Search.  In two days I'm proud to say I've indexed 440+ names.  My goal is 1000 by the end of Novemeber.  I will say to watch for the new records coming out on family search....those of you that have people in Idaho around 1924 to 1956 will be happily suprised if you find you ancestors in the arrival manaifests.  Lots of great info such as birth information, family names if they traveled together, etc.  The project is Family Search's priority project and I've been busily indexing these names. 

If you want to get involved and help Family Search out then just go to their website and there's info on the home page how to be an indexer.  You can do a little bit or a whole lot.  Just remember that all of us help by keeping the information free on Family Search....and that is why I love them!!!  And maybe even someday I'll index my brickwall Fitzgeralds and watch that wall come tumbling down! 

Anyway I hope somone out there benefits from my volunteer work for Family Search. 

Happy Genealogy all!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thank you Legacy for the Online Webinars

Since Legacy has launched their online webinars the list of topics just keeps growing and growing!  My favorite ones have been about breaking down brick walls....and we all have those!....and the ones on Irish genealogy.  I have gotten so many good ideas about where to research and what to research for.  Participating in these webinars have given me renewed motivation in my research. 

The webinars are recorded and all are available for a short time for free online after the webinar is broadcast, and some are available indefinately.  All the webinars are available on CD afterwards.  I have a few that are going to be on my Christmas list this year! 

I started a notebook on my genealogy education notes for the webinars so I have a fast reference for what I've learned.  I do make sure to write down any websites the are mentioned in the webinars so I have them for reference for later.  It's supposed to be a rainy weekend here so I'm snuggling up with my kiddos, my favorite warm drink and my laptop, maybe I'll even chip away at a couple brick walls while I'm at it. 

Happy Hunting!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Support Cydni's List

Cyndi, the creator of the genealogy websit Cyndi's list, announced last night/yesterday on facebook that her website has been ripped off! Cyndi has been working for years on her website, a site that I use often to help me in my research.  Apparently the person that has stolen her information has not only ripped off her copyright, but is using it for monetary gain!!!!!  This makes me so frustraited because it really makes it difficult for those of us who want to share genealogy with the world and work to keep access to records free. 

For all my follows and just plain fans of genealogy, please show Cyndi your support!

Here's a link to a blog written about the situation

Please supprot Cyndi and show her our genealogy love!!!!!