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Szabados gives tip on Find My Past Ireland, Holik-Urban publishes meeting review, and Bockman chronicles genealogy trip to France

During last night’s Genealogy Club meeting, our speaker Steve Szabados gave me a new Irish genealogy website to preview:

I’m a very big fan of, which is a genealogy website for England, Wales, and the Isle of Man.  I’ve often referred patrons and genealogy researchers to this website for the free 14-day trial, which is a great way to break through those brick walls while providing a wonderful relief for the pocketbook.

Find My Past Ireland boasts 5 million available records available to help you get to know your ancestors, with millions more waiting to be made available online.  At the moment, there is a sizable collection of Irish land records, city directories, wills, obituaries, gravestone inscriptions and census substitutes.

I was really excited to see the Travel and Migration Records, which offers information on Irish emigrants from 1858 to 1870.  These records will probably not assist you with finding more about your famine-era ancestors, but keep an eye out for any updates to this section.

If your ancestors hailed from Dublin, you’ll find a fantastic Dublin 1851 Census available on!  This census is a wonderful way to substantiate a birth year and address for your ancestor.  It’s interesting to note that this census was enumerated by Dublin policemen!

To access records on, you can choose to purchase materials on a pay-per-view model, or a six-month or 12-month subscription.  If you are looking to explore this site with few strings attached, you might want to purchase 100 credits for roughly $14 (American) dollars.  These 100 credits will be good to use for 90 days.  You can find more payment options at

Blogs and Genealogy In The News

Jennifer Holik-Urban, genealogy researcher, author and FPLD Genealogy Day featured speaker just published a fantastic review of our meeting last night. With her technology know-how, research experience, and warm personality, Jennifer manages to run a business, author columns, a book, and five blogs while raising two young sons. You also need to read her recent case study entitled Finishing the Story which was published in the Jan-March volume of the National Genealogical Society magazine.  The library has a copy, and if you’re interested in WWI research you’ll really want to read it!  Jennifer is slated to speak at our next Genealogy Day on Saturday, April 7 2011.

Also in the news; genealogy researcher, author and former Dupage County Genealogical Society president  Jeffrey A. Bockman has had an article published in the Naperville Sun.

Jeff recently visited France to tour a village visited by his grandfather in World War I.  He has spoken about this topic briefly during his Genealogy Day presentation earlier this year.

If you need help with your research, or if you’re new to genealogy, make an appointment to see me!  Summer is the season for genealogy road trips and cemetery research, so let me know if you need any help!

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See you at the Library!


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