November 2011

Ruth’s Recommendations

Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

Marian’s Roots and Rambles had a post called “Data Overload: How to Create a Better System.” Marian realizes that the organizational system she had in place isn’t working as well as it used to so she is looking for advice to help her create a new system.

Help Me With My Family Tree has a post called “Searching for Militia Records.” Nick is sharing some of the things he has learned researching British militia records.

Genea-Musings has a post called “File Sharing and Brick Walls – Russ Examines My Database.” Randy is receiving help from a fellow blogger with one of his brick walls. Russ is sharing the process of using Family Tree Maker 2012 to help solve some of Randy’s brick walls.

Irish Genealogy News provides us with some good news in a post called “1926 census possible online in 2016.” The title says it all but go in and read the post to get further details.

It’s that time of year again and Geneabloggers is having their Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2011. A different blog topic relating to Christmas will be posted by participating blogger’s everyday from the first of December through to Christmas Eve.

Are there any postings in the last week that you think need to be on this list? Let me know in the comments below.

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The Irish Archives Resource: A Portal for Genealogists Researching Irish Ancestors

The Irish Archives Resource says their site will help researchers “to search for publicly accessible archival collections that are located in Ireland.” There are five tabs to choose for information on the site: Search, About Us, Advice, Family History/Genealogy, Feedback and Links.

The Advice page helps you to get the best results from your searches in the Irish Archives Resource. You can search by keyword, dates, geographical area, collection type or name of repository and collection reference number.

If you click the “Search Results” button at the bottom of the search page then you get a complete listing of the resources catalogued on the site. When I did this I got 214 results and there were twenty results per page. Some of the results referred to a specific item and some to a collection.

There is one reference to a will for Annie Barnacle the mother of Nora Barnacle. Nora was the wife of James Joyce. Annie died in1940 and the will was lost. As the family tried to solve the problem letters were sent back and forth. These letters are the heart of the collection.

There are some collections relating to estates in Ireland. The date range of the collections starts in the 1700s and goes to the current day.

This does not cover all the collections to be found in repositories in Ireland but it does provide a good starting point when your research takes you to Ireland. There are links to the original repository at the end of each collection description.

The Irish Archives Resource catalogue is small at the moment. There are eighteen contributing repositories. When more information is added it will be a wonderful resource. Do not wait until more repositories are added to the Irish Archives Resource, go in now and see what you can find. You might be surprised.

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