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March 2, 2014

Dublin featured in e-magazine, trip

— The February issue (21st edition) of Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy e-Magazine devotes a special section to Tracing Your Dublin City Ancestors. Also, the second in a series of individual U.S. states’ Irish records provides helpful advice on researching in Massachusetts. An update on Meryl Streep’s ancestry mentions her possible connection to actor Charles Durnin. A special 24-page supplement in this issue is devoted to family history research resources at the National Library of Ireland. These and other articles are sure to interest anyone with Irish ancestry. This 110-page publication can be read or downloaded free at

Donna Moughty again will conduct a research trip to Dublin, Ireland, Oct. 12–19 or to Belfast, Ireland, Oct. 5–11. Visit her website at and click on 2014 Research Trip to Ireland. The Belfast repositories to be visited include the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, the Linen Hall Library and the General Register Office of Northern Ireland. In Dublin, participants can research at the National Library of Ireland, National Archives, General Register Office, Valuation Office and Registry of Deeds.

Moughty is a professional genealogist and specialist in Irish research. The trip includes accommodations (including breakfast), two hours of pre-trip consultation, orientation and assistance at the research facilities, two dinners, and admission to the Back to Our Past Conference for Dublin participants. (Information from Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, Feb. 13, 2014.)

Guide to records

Brian Mitchell’s helpful 52-page booklet, “Basic Guide to Irish Records for Family History,” continues to be a handy reference for beginners, as well as more advanced researchers. Published by the Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. in 2008, it examines Ireland’s eight major record sources, has a map showing Ireland’s counties, provides a list of contact information for Irish Genealogy Centres in each of Ireland’s counties, as well as helpful websites and a bibliography. Visit the publisher’s website at for more information.

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