Breaking through

Yesterday was a volunteer day at the library but with only one patron to help, I had plenty of time to work on my own genealogy project and it was a VERY good day for me. I’ve spent the last year or so working on this family tree and my father’s family was one of the difficult branches. Emigrating from Ireland as young adults, my grandparents grew up in Ireland and those records are harder to get at. I’d found both families on the 1901 and 1911 Irish Census after a LOT of searching and had found additional bits and pieces of information scattered across the internet.

However, I had resisted using one of the fee based Irish sites because I didn’t want to be paying for records that might not be my family. I’d come to a bit of a dead end with the information that was available on the free sites so I decided to dip my toes in and see what I would come up with. Paying  18 Euros I obtained credits to use to viewing records and hit the jackpot!

I found records relating to my grandmother, great and great-great grandparents.  I’m moving ahead again on this branch of the family so I bought some more credits and will be doing a bit more careful searching on this Roots Ireland site.

6 thoughts on “Breaking through

  1. Linda in NE

    Isn’t it fun to make finds like that? I had a couple weeks earlier this summer where every time I did a search new information turned up, yet some of those ancestor’s are extremely stubborn about having their information found. A friend of mine who also does genealogy always says they will be found when they are ready to be found and that seems quite true at times. Happy ancestor hunting!!

  2. SaraF

    I’m always amazed at how excited I get when I find a new piece of the puzzle in my family tree. Keeps me going!! I have doubts about ever finding the biggest missing family member however – a half brother given up for adoption. Too many of those records are still sealed and I have too little information to go on. But I keep trying anyway.

  3. Lynne

    Genealogy is always so fascinating! Have you seen the Lost Cousins site? It’s worth the effort of entering relatives if you have any from UK. The newsletter is also a good read.

  4. Brenda in Namibia

    So happy for you Mary! I’ve just taken out a year’s sub with Ancestry and have found wonderful information from very friendly folk who are descendants from other branches. My Irish branches are a little shy at the moment and the two who went off to the US and Canada are the most stubborn of all! Almost as addictive as the quilting ‘pox’!!

  5. Dianne King

    What a thrill, Mary. Isn’t it wonderful when you make breakthroughs like this? Like you, I’ve resisted the fee-based sites, mostly because I don’t have enough information to be sure exactly who it is I’m searching for. Plus, the branches I’m searching are from Germany and Austria…language barrier!

  6. Sue

    Congratulations, Mary, on the big find! I can only imagine how exciting it was to find that big piece. I still haven’t worked on mine this summer, but I think it’s great how good you’re doing.

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