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GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, March 16, 2012


GeneaBloggers Radio Episode 59

Tracing Your Irish Roots

Friday, March 16, 2012
9pm-10:30pm Eastern US
8-9:30pm Central US
7-8:30pm Mountain US
6-7:30pm Pacific US
2am London UK
1pm Saturday Sydney AUS

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Tracing Your Irish Roots

This week our show is entitled Tracing Your Irish Roots with co-host Jennifer Geraghty-Gorman of the ‘On a flesh and bone foundation’: An Irish History blog. Our special guests will include:  Donna Moughty, a professional genealogist who specializes in Irish research who will tell us about her upcoming research to Dublin, Ireland in October 2012; Mary Ellen Grogan, also a professional genealogist who has been researching in Ireland since 1983 and is the proud holder of Reader’s Ticket No. 151 for the National Library of Ireland; and finally, Ed Zapletal, co-owner and publisher of Moorshead Magazines Ltd., and Editor of Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle and History Magazine will be discussing the new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors (2012 Edition).

Special Co-Host: Jennifer Geraghty-Gorman


Jennifer Geraghty-Gorman

My working life is that of a historian and writer.  I hold three university degrees: B.A.,  B.A. (Hons.), M.A., and I am engaged in extensive study of the history of Ireland,. My principle area of focus for my current history work is Irish Conflict, with concentration on the Irish War of Independence. Family history research is not only an integral part of my work, but an important part of my life, and I am dedicated to the search for the stories of my ancestors (while having fun along the way).  Firmly committed to the use of original documents, I conduct research almost exclusively in Ireland, and spend part of each summer/fall there. I actively work to find reliable web content which will help other researchers working to uncover their own Irish family history.



Donna Moughty
Donna Moughty

Donna Moughty, a Professional Genealogist and former Regional Manager for Apple Computer, has been conducting family research for over 20 years. She teaches and lectures on a variety of subjects including Internet, Irish research and computer topics locally and at national conferences and institutes. In addition, she provides consultations, research assistance and training. Donna attended the Third and Fourth Irish Genealogical Congress in Ireland, the Salt Lake Institute – Irish Research and the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University where she was an instructor for the Irish course in 2011. She is a member of Association of Professional Genealogists and served as chair of the Professional Management Conference from 2005 – 2008, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Donna researches in Ireland each summer and will be taking a group to Ireland in October of 2012 to research. Information on the trip, and her weekly genealogy blog can be found at In 2011 each blog focused on an aspect of Irish research.



Mary Ellen Grogan

Mary Ellen Grogan, a professional genealogist living in Boston, specializes in Irish genealogical research.  She began researching in Ireland in 1983, and is the proud holder of Reader’s Ticket No. 151 for the National Library of Ireland.  She lectures on Irish genealogy and organizes research tours to Ireland.


Edward Zapletal

Ed Zapletal

Edward Zapletal is co-owner and Publisher of Moorshead Magazines Ltd., and Editor of Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle and History Magazine. He has been in the publications business for almost 30 years serving mostly in editorial and production capacities. His personal genealogy interests lie in researching his Czech ancestors from the Province of Moravia.


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