30 December 2010


     I was compiling a list of New Year's genealogical resolutions, then I gave up. I am not a good keeper of resolutions. I find that life tends to follow the saying "we make plans, and God laughs" which is not always a bad thing in my eyes, given my love of new and novel projects (such as this blog).
     I would rather compile a list of Genealogical Shout-Outs to those people and volunteer organizations who have kept me, and Irish family history research, "truckin'" this past year. These people work hard for the cause of Irish genealogy, so please take some time to visit their sites and thank them!  I run the risk of forgetting people to thank, so please alert me if I have passed anyone over, or if you have a Shout-Out of your own to make! HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

Raising a pint to thank everyone
(me, at the Guinness Brewery in Dublin)


*My fellow genealogy bloggers, who have provided great support to me and to each other, and especially to the organization Geneabloggers. Without the guidance of Geneabloggers and fellow bloggers, I would never have started this blog. Check out the Geneabloggers web site to find other blogs!
*All the members and guests of the IRISH AMERICAN FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY for a year of exciting meetings, a great website (thanks to Mary-Jane), and wonderful camaraderie. https://sites.google.com/site/irishgengroup1/
*The tireless volunteers at the Irish Genealogical Project for bringing Irish records to our home computers (a special thank you for Chrisina Finn Hunt for keeping me informed). Check out the county pages, and don't forget to browse the archives!
*Irish genealogy website Connors Genealogy and its owner-administrator-researcher-extraordinaire Pat Connors for bringing Irish records to our computers
*The Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations, for representing the interests of Irish family historians and lobbying for increased access to records
*The public libraries in Ireland involved in the Ask About Ireland projects, particularly the Griffith's Valuation project, which brought us the Valuation FREE online, with all the bells and whistles such as maps and advanced  search engines
*The Rootsweb mailing list administrators and list subscribers. Although Rootsweb has been taken over by Ancestry, the administrators and list members still work on a volunteer basis to share their expertise and advice with other family historians. Special shout-outs to the Castlecomer and County Kilkenny lists, plus the Irish in Philadelphia list, for being so instrumental in my own research.
*Irish Genealogical Society International for its fine publication.
*Efrem and Chick, two of the best family history detectives I know, for helping me with my research and book this past year.
*Team Fox. Love you!