Are you ready for St Patrick’s Day?
St Patrick’s Day may be a few weeks away but it pays to be prepared as many subscription sites offer free access to their Irish record collections for a reduced price. Here are some steps you can take to prepare your family history research to make the most out of these opportunities.
1. Organise your existing research
Create a timeline for an ancestral line to highlight the gaps you may have for births/baptisms, marriages and deaths.
2. Identify your research goals
Select a specific goal, for example, discovering the birth place for James O’Neill. Having a clear goal helps to focus research efforts.
3. Create a research plan
If possible, identify all records/databases which may hold the information you seek. Become familiar with these resources—for example, what information will help, how they can be accessed, are there any limitations on access. Establish robust search queries which provide the most relevant information.
Document all of the information you find, including exactly where it was found (citations) and get ready for the MFHS Irish webinar on 13 July.
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