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. 

27 February 2021:- Total 35,990 including living.  A few Ballyfin, Laois Dowling baptisms today in pursuit of a correspondents family.  Interesting to note they were not coming up on RootsIreland transcriptions so there are still many un-transcribed records in Laois (and therefore likely elsewhere) to sort out.  The scans on the National Library of Ireland are poor for that early 1800's and in need of a high resolution scan.  Have another correspondent with Dowling related Phelan's waiting in the eaves, hopefully on that tomorrow.

24 February 2021:- Total 35,966 including living.  'Fallen out of the family tree' for a while as look after 92 year old mum.  Anyway added a good few records to respond to correspondence and follow up serendipitous finds.  Interesting Notables added: one a Captains steward on HMS Victory and the second, a Thomas Dowling who claimed ownership of Goat Island... where they built Golden Gate Bridge.  He had been in my system for a while but I am trying to get to the bottom of this family, originally from Laois, who are quite elusive in records.

8 February 2021:- Total 35,829 including living.  Some additions trying to investigate a correspondent's query connected with Horan's in Laois.

4 February 2021:- Total 35,823 including living.  Some additions trying to investigate a correspondent's query.  Short of time as caring for mother and selling her house.

2 February 2021:- Total 35,817 including living.  A few United States Dowling Family of the South entries but mostly sources for people already in database.  Starting another month of covid-19 pandemic lockdown.  As I look after my 92 year old mother I have been in lockdown since March 2020 so the novelty has well and truly worn off!  Nevertheless, she has had her vaccination and the rest of the family await theirs.  With the care issue genealogy takes a bit of a back-seat but a small few are still added when I get a free moment.


1 February 2021:- Total 35,802 including living.  Double back-up day.  Laptop backed up to Network Attached Storage (NAS) then backed up again from there to another separate NAS which is only ever switched on for backing up. 




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 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!