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equally be that the Famine had absolutely nothing to do with it, and that the move was made for another reason that has long since disappeared from the folk memory.

Recording information No matter which websites you consult, keep a note of their addresses and what information you have gleaned from them. You can save website addresses on your browser’s ‘Favourites’ tool, saving you having to retype the addresses on future visits. Be aware that some may change from time to time, particularly with those from local council authorities, and that information remains online in most cases only so long as the host platform is still around, or while the person who created the resource is maintaining it. It is always advisable to make a copy of any information discovered as soon as you find it. You can type out relevant portions, cut and paste text, save the web page as a file to be consulted offline, print off the page, or take ‘screen grabs’ (using your ‘Print Screen’ button).

Gateway sites There are many so-called ‘gateway sites’ which can assist in the location of online collections that may help with your research. Some of these host records, while others link to other platforms, meaning that occasionally dead links may appear. Should this happen, it is worth searching for the named collection on a search engine such as Google to see if it might be available in another format elsewhere. The Irish Times newspaper’s Irish Ancestors site at www.irishtimes. com/ancestor/index.htm is a highly useful platform created by Dublinbased genealogist John Grenham. Although parts of the site charge for some of the facilities offered, it does have some exceptionally useful resources that are freely available, such as the ‘Placenames’ tab, which allows you to locate the parish of a particular place of interest and to view it on a map. The ‘Browse’ area is the real workhorse of the site, however, allowing you to identify record collections which may exist for a particular area, including shelf-marks for library holdings and archiveheld records, detailed lists of civil and Roman Catholic parish maps and more. A useful site map is also located at www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/ sitemap.htm; this can readily take you to the area of interest without going through the menu-based tabs. John’s dedicated genealogy blog at www.irishtimes.com/blogs/irishroots is also well worth bookmarking. Jane Lyons’ From Ireland at www.from-ireland.net offers a similar range of resources for free, and is the result of a research effort first

Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet  

Ireland has probably experienced more tragedy when it comes to the preservation of resources for family historians than any other region of...

Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet  

Ireland has probably experienced more tragedy when it comes to the preservation of resources for family historians than any other region of...

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