• Sep10

    Hello, Fax!

    Posted in: Technology

    After several years of intermittent tracking down possibly related Tierney family records, I have not really gotten anywhere with transcription-type records from sites like Roots Ireland.

    Ce n'est pas ma famille.

    Ce n’est pas ma famille.


    I have little to go on in Ireland for that part of the tree. While Tierney is not too bad a surname to search for in the scheme of things, they are hide and seek champions. Also, my related McDonald and Murphy lines are really giving me a run for my money.

    And, after many attempts at triangulating relevant records on Roots Ireland, the money is running out.

    If you don’t have time for the long version of this story, feel free to scroll down to the tool tip section below…

    So, I’ve decided to start a different tactic – Instead of fussing with “credits” and the resulting, resounding sounds of  “ARGH!” rolling down my street as I realize I have purchased yet another completely unrelated transcription record, I will be ordering photocopy versions of original records directly from GRO Ireland at €4. a pop.

    While there might not be too much of a savings involved in this change, I will at least have original documents to look at and will avoid relying on possibly mis-transcribed records. That will make me feel a bit better at least. So will chocolate chip cookies.

    (To make sure I have the hang of the ordering process first I will start by tightening up the old tree by ordering original certificates for my relatively well-known Egan & Farrell lines near Ferbane in Kings County.)

    If you would like a quick primer on how to order certificates from GRO Ireland, visit their Apply For Certificates page. Of course, you’ll probably want to use the Civil Registration Indexes (1845-1958) on Familysearch to look for possible records to purchase first.

    Tool Tip – Hello Fax!

    Now, with all of that background out of the way – to the real purpose of this post: As I filled out the GRO order form, my Oxymoronic Genealogical Impatience™ quickly kicked in when I noticed that you can fax certificate applications into the GRO. Forget that crazy old postal mail thing. That’s 20th century stuff, man. FAXING – THAT’S WHERE IT’S AT.

    However, I do not own a fax machine at home any longer, and I can’t really start faxing Ireland from my company systems at lunch. (Well, I could, but you know, I’m the IT Director and that really wouldn’t be a good idea.)

    Then I found that hello fax is offering a deal if you sign up with your Google account

    In honor of our launch, get 50 free fax pages / month & unlimited e-signatures

    Within 5 minutes of creating the account I had sent off my first few certificate orders to GRO Ireland.

    In addition to Google Drive, you can also integrate the service with other commonly used services – not a bad deal for free. The only thing that is not entirely clear is how long the 50 free pages/month will last – we’ll see!

    Hello Fax Integrations

  • Aug5

    This weekend I made my first visit to a Familysearch Family History center to view some records in the record set “Ireland, Landed Estate Court Files, 1850-1885.” While the index to the set is available anywhere, the images are viewable only at a center and I believed that there were some mentions in it  for two of my 2nd great-grandfathers.

    While following up later, I was looking into the name of the Kings County Barony mentioned to verify I had the right location, and happened upon an interesting reference in “Accounts and Papers of the House of Commons” (1871) – a “General Alphabetical Index to the Towns and Townlands of Ireland.”

    Enjoy.

  • Jul24

    No time to post much lately, and have one long post about a research project that I want to write up properly, so…. enjoy this Discover Ireland advertisement in the meantime.

  • Jul19

    Back when my wife and I bought our new house, one of the first things that needed to be done was to raze the overgrown front yard that didn’t look like it had been touched since Nixon resigned. (I blame Nixon for all of my own failures to finish projects.)

    As I tangled with tons of ivy and yelled at yellowing yucca, I saw we had a bigger problem to deal with – the wood in our steps and a retaining wall was infested with termites. So, I ripped it all out immediately and began to devise a replacement.

    After some thought, I purchased several skids of Pennsylvania wall stone and other supplies, then spent several weeks building things back, all by hand. My technique was to lay out all the stone on the ground, then scan for the next “right” stone – and go until done.

    I found that within each skid of stone I had picked there happened to be some larger flat pieces – which led me to build the part I’m most proud of – the new steps.

    It was terrifically hard work at times, but I was gratified in the outcome. Until today I had completely attributed my apparent innate ability in this regard to my Czech grandfather, who was a stone mason. He worked in the cemeteries of Queens and also built a summer home and garage in upstate New York out of native stone.

    But, after seeing a photo today, I now think my stonework ability is more likely an inheritance shared by both my Czech and Irish sides. Behold a photo of stone steps on Skellig Michael alongside my own off the cuff handiwork…

    Skellig Steps Comparison

    By the way – no mortar was used in my steps or wall, only gravity.

  • Jul16

    Vacation

    Posted in: Fun

    Please excuse my quietitudinality – was on vacation for a few weeks, now catching up with work.
    Please accept this Cousin Battle Royale of the Pool as entertainment during this genealogical interlude: