Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Guest Post: Using A Proof Argument To Break Through Brick Walls II

Townland of Origin is delighted to welcome back professional genealogist Lisa Walsh Dougherty. Her previous posts, How a Professional Genealogist Found Her Townland Of Origin (Part 1 & Part 2), were widely read, with the part one post having the highest number of views since the blog was launched.

Lisa has been an avid family history researcher for nearly 20 years.  Since 2009, she has shared her knowledge and experience with many through her volunteer hours, workshop trainings, and commissioned research.  A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and a graduate of the ProGen Study Group, she specializes in helping people with Irish roots discover their “Townland of Origin”.  Lisa is based in Upstate New York near Albany, and provides a free consultation toward assisting you in finding your own unique family story! You can find out more about Lisa's work on her website, Upstate NY Genealogy and her Association of Professional Genealogists profile.

This is the second post about using a Proof Argument in your genealogical research (scroll down if on the homepage or click here to read Lisa's first post). The commonality of names, lack of documentation stating the place of origin in Ireland, and socio-economic status of Irish immigrants are all common problems that those doing Irish genealogical research in the U.S. and Canada face. Using a Proof Argument in your research can help you develop a body of acceptable evidence that helps you break through these brick walls.

In her paper, linked to below, Lisa examined the evidence she collected about her great-great-grandfather, Patrick Penders, in an attempt to determine if he was a native of County Clare. She outlines how she approached this specific genealogical problem, presenting evidence, findings and sources to support her theory.

A copy of this research was donated to the excellent Clare County Library Genealogy and Family History Division. You can read it on their website, click here.

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