I'd like to wish a happy new year to all the readers of this blog! Having just turned 4 months old, Townland of Origin is still relatively young but I have been delighted with how many people are checking in. There has been an average of over 2,000 page views per month in that short time. People on Twitter have also been very kind to retweet links to articles.
My main development for 2014 will be the publication of my first book, Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City. It is the product of three years of research in NYC. There is currently no such guide out there and I hope it will help people find their townland of origin. It will be published by the kind folks at Genealogical Publishing Company in Baltimore. Joe Garonzik and his team have been working hard over the last few months to get it ready for its February release date. It will be available from their website genealogical.com. Stay tuned to find out the exact date it goes on sale.
Just before Christmas I was delighted to agree a partnership with the genealogy magazine, Irish Lives Remembered. Throughout 2014, I will write a monthly article about doing genealogical research in the U.S. Naturally, there will be an Irish focus to these articles.
The blog will continue and I also plan to incorporate more material into a Townland of Origin website. Recently, I've added a 'Videos & Articles' section. This will grow over the coming months. One interesting piece will be about the townland of origin of a rumored 2016 Presidential candidate. Hillary Clinton? Martin O'Malley? Ted Cruz (Wexfordians were in Texas in the 1830s, after all!)? All shall be revealed in due course.
All in all, 2014 is shaping up to be a good year and I look forward to continuing to help you find your townland of origin.