My light is no longer under a bushel

Almost all the genealogy writing and coding I do is the product of advanced laziness. Tracing Your Irish Ancestors came about because I needed handy pigeonholes for all those source references I couldn’t be bothered to remember. The databases and websites arose out frustration at having to repeatedly check the same reference works in the same order – find a townland, identify the civil parish, work out the Catholic parish, check the diocese, check the dates, order the microfilm. Argh. Shortcuts, give me shortcuts!

Hard at work on them databases

So most of this website is the result of me building tools to make research easier for myself.

One of the problems with this approach is that it tends to favour just getting things done over deciding what to do or telling other people about what you’ve done. As Bill Gates once said, small organizations spend almost all their resources doing things, and large organizations spend almost all of theirs talking about what to do. And organizations don’t come any smaller than me.

All of this is a roundabout way of saying that after ten months, I’ve finally got around to having a proper “What’s new?” page, with dated details of all the record references and new features I add, as I add them, and a proper “email me when you add something” service.

My light is no longer under a bushel.

5 thoughts on “My light is no longer under a bushel”

  1. When I was a little girl, we sang , “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine! Hide it under a bushel, NO! I’m going to let it shine ..let it shine , let it shine”.

    LOL! You are shining John!

    Great post, thank you.

  2. Love the Wizard. I just found a new source of parish records I hadn’t considered! Thanks for “lighting my path.”

  3. Having spent many a summer picking apples and filling up bushel boxes it’s good to get onto the tree pruning in the winter to let the light in to the trees to let them flourish.

    I really do admire what you do in letting the light into Irish genealogy.

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