Over the Christmas holidays, I attended the funeral of a cousin I met through my family history work. This man had lived a long life and was greatly loved by his descendants, of whom there are many. As I looked over the crowded room, I was struck by how many people I had met over the years after finding his family line. After we "found" each other, he attended one of my family reunions, and brought many other family members with him. I was so fortunate to have made contact with him.
Another holiday afternoon was spent visiting my in laws in New York. I used the occasion to videotape an interview with ninety-three year old Aunt Shirley (who still commutes to work as an illustrator in Manhattan every day). Quite a few genealogical discoveries were made, and several previously unknown family stories were heard.
So, to get to my point immediately--don't put off contacting PEOPLE. Yes, the records are important, and so is organizing your files, and, yes, we must cite our sources properly, but don't ever forget why we are doing this work--for the people and their stories, not for some notch on our family tree.
IRISH GENEALOGICAL PROJECTS UPDATES
Start the new year by checking your favorite Irish genealogy sites for updated databases! Recent additions to the Irish Genealogical Projects include the following:
Files added in 2010:
Dublin Journal, 28 Nov 1732 (Flax Seed)
Dublin Journal, Marriages & Deaths, 3 Aug 1765
Dublin Journal, Marriages & Deaths, 2 Jan 1770
Antrim Genealogy Archives - HEADSTONES
Ballintoy (CoI) Cemetery Parts 1 & 2
Down Genealogy Archives -- HEADSTONES
Dundonald, Belfast, part 2
Knockbreada Cemetery, Belfast - Part 2
Dublin Genealogy Archives - HEADSTONES - Mount Jerome, Dublin Parts 13-15
Dublin Genealogy Archives - HEADSTONES - Deansgrange Cemetery
St Fintans Section part 3 & St Patricks section part 8
Leitrim Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Graveyard - Aughavas Parish, Toomna Graveyard photos
Monaghan Genealogy Archives - Headstones.
Ballybay, Christ Church (CoI)
Ballybay, 1st Presbyterian
Ematris Graveyard (Dartrey/Rockcorry)
Tyholland - St. Sillian's (Co), Church of Ireland - updated
Roscommon Genealogy Archives - Headstones.
Ardcarne New Graveyard & Site of Templemihil (photos of signs with surnames)
Tipperary Genealogy Archives - LAND
From the Keeper of the Public Records in Ireland. Volume 6.
Wicklow Headstone Index - HEADSTONES
Kilquade Cemetery - updated