DOWLING ONE NAME STUDY

What's New

I add names to the Family Tree Maker database almost daily. The database, converted to GEDCOM format, gets updated to this website using GEDsite.
I am slow... because its not just about collecting names, I am after connections and stories. The 'Living' are excluded from this website, the total viewable in website can be seen in footer at the very bottom of the page. 

22 September 2020:- Total 33, 859 including living. Abbeyleix Births(1864-1919 [source end]), Marriages and Deaths now 1864-1925.  Mountmellick deaths (up to 1925).  Tough day trying to connect these people.


21 September 2020:- Total 33, 849 including living. Abbeyleix Births(1864-1919 [source end]), Marriages and Deaths now 1864-1924.  Mountmellick deaths (up to 1924).  All additions were to people already existing.

20 September 2020:- Total 33, 843 including living. Abbeyleix Births(1864-1919 [source end]), Marriages and Deaths now 1864-1923.  Mountmellick deaths (up to 1923).  All additions were to people already existing.  Spent time on a merge/join which is quite tricky but pertinent to the local Laois Dowlings; more time needed too.

19 September 2020:- Total 33, 842 including living. Abbeyleix Births(1864-1919 [source end]), Marriages and Deaths now 1864-1922.  Mountmellick deaths (up to 1922).  A correction caused by researching a death, so while death records are often a lot of work they are still worth it.

18 September 2020:- Total 33, 834 including living. Abbeyleix Births(1864-1919 [source end]), Marriages and Deaths now 1864-1921.  Mountmellick deaths (up to 1921).  A small family was 'rationalised' with merges and joins ending a mystery that has been in the database for 15 or more years.  This Laois family was sorted out by tracking non-Dowlings which I didn't do in 2004.

17 September 2020:- Total 33, 814 including living. Abbeyleix Births(1864-1919 [source end]), Marriages and Deaths now 1864-1920.  Nine Mountmellick deaths (up to 1920) added to existing people and one small merge.  Death records are interesting but often add little in terms of new information, however, they do help eliminate some individuals from an investigation of similarly named people, and of course they add important detail to an individual's history.

15 September 2020:- Total 33, 814 including living. Abbeyleix Births(1864-1919 [source end]), Marriages and Deaths now 1864-1920.  Virtually all additions were adding sources to people already in the database. 

14 September 2020:- Total 33, 811 including living. Abbeyleix BMD now 1864-1919.  Added 9 Abbeyleix records with connections.  A little work on the Berkshire Dowling and a merge and join into some existing individuals.  It seems the original correspondent in 1999 provided no sources so this is a line that needs some more work on sources.

13 September 2020:- Total 33, 802 including living. Abbeyleix BMD now 1864-1918.  Added 14 records.

12 September 2020:- Total 33, 786 including living. Abbeyleix BMD now 1864-1917.  Mostly sources added to existing people but quite a lot of records with a couple of tricky joins.

11 September 2020:- Total 33, 772 including living. Abbeyleix BMD now 1864-1916.  Some very tricky joins of people to families today amidst tending the garden...

10 September 2020:- Total 33, 752 including living. Abbeyleix BMD now 1864-1915.  A very small Irish Abbeyleix merge that has been bugging me for years.

9 September 2020:- Total 33, 738 including living. Abbeyleix BMD now 1864-1914.  More detail on a Berkshire Dowling family back to 1871, more to come.  A very good Irish Abbeyleix merge and join of families, very pleased with that today.

8 September 2020:- Total 33, 727 including living. Abbeyleix BMD now 1864-1913.  Added the sad passing of James Dowling from Covid-19 in April this year,and the start of some tree-work for that family.  Condolences to the family.

7 September 2020:- Total 33, 695 including living. Abbeyleix BMD now 1864-1912.  Some events tricky to make sure they're attached to the right people.  Had covid 19 test today and now in strict isolation for some days until result.  More genealogy!

6 September 2020:- Total 33, 681 including living. Abbeyleix BMD now 1864-1911.  Mostly sourcing deaths of people already in the database.

5 September 2020:- Total 33, 674 including living. Abbeyleix BMD now 1864-1910.  Mostly sourcing people already in the database.

4 September 2020:- Total 33, 672 including living. Abbeyleix BMD now 1864-1909.  A small merge.

3 September 2020:- Total 33, 661 including living. Abbeyleix BMD now 1864-1908.  A lot of time looking at a merge I did not make in the end as the evidence was just not quite enough. Received a Dowling South Africa medal I bought on eBay today, so that's another piece of research to do.  My 93 year old Mum not well and I am not feeling to good at present.  Fortunately. not Covid 19 as we both, in our separate homes are in very isolated loop - we remain in that semi-lockdown situation until things are a bit safer.  Still decorating my office to manage all my genealogy hobby resources better.

1 September 2020:- Total 33, 649 including living. Abbeyleix BMD now 1864-1907 - Numbers went down today and a cause for celebration too.  A substantial merge of a Dowling family in Clonard, Laois meant 10 people who were originally shown separate were merged into 5 as sufficient evidence became available due to a Death entry from the Abbeyleix BMD Project. 



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Projects

There are a huge number of entries in my database form a variety of sources. So, even though there is no project that covers a particular source or region does not mean there are no entries for that source or region. The projects cover where I systematically extract entries from a source to make sure the source has been 'milked' for all it's worth. The What's New page also shows when I have worked on a particular project.

Activity


Activity follows the Guild of One-Name Studies "Seven Pillars of Wisdom":

  1. Data Collection - from correspondents, projects (see below) and serendipity! I include maintenance in here as, with a large study over 30 years, a significant number of flaws creep in that need correcting.

  2. Analysis - researching, investigating, linking, etc. Also constant review for corrections;

  3. Synthesis - drawing conclusions about the Dowlings, making sense of it all!

  4. Publicising the Study - This website... I am not particularly technical so this is a challenge, I also promote the study on some DNA sites;

  5. Responding to enquiries - helping where I can, adding their families to the database or trying to make sense of DNA matches. I will reply, maybe not immediately, but I will always respond.;

  6. Publication of results - again this website, as much as possible is available as I believe widespread sharing is the basis of its permanent legacy;

  7. Preserving the study - A more significant challenge than it sounds, some arrangements have been made through the Guild for the study to be available when I am dead and gone!