It’s been a while, but I return offering a prize …

Sepia photograph of a cemetery, taken into the sun so that a long shadow is case from the monuments in the forground.

Well, this is slightly embarrassing.

It’s been nearly three years since I updated my blog. You would be forgiven for thinking I’d given up, but there is a much simpler explanation for my absence, I just haven’t had as much time to research my own family, and I’ve had even less time to write up those findings into something regular folk can follow.

So, first a quick update on the last three years – I’ve been spending more time undertaking paid research and document retrieval for others and trying to build on my current client list. If you’re interested in this side of my business then head over to or drop me a line. I started a Master’s in the History of Family via the University of Limerick because that’s what people do during the modern plague right?! This has been done on a part-time basis so I’ve got eight months to complete my dissertation but I’m enjoying it; much to my surprise!

I continue to hold down a full-time day job working for a psychiatrist, be bossed around by three cats, whilst my brother is in the process of emigrating to Malta, where he has bought a house with his girlfriend. They left yesterday and are driving there, with their two dogs, as you do. In 2020 I should have been jetting off to New Zealand for a month, but obviously the world had a different idea and instead I’m going this year (*knocks on wood*, mutters prayers to the sky etc.) but first of all I’m VERY happy to report that I’ll be heading to Salt Lake City again, finally, for RootsTech 2023, which is occuring between the 2nd and 4th of March.

And so I come to the push that has me blogging again. Once again, I’m honoured to have been included in the list of Influencers for the event. If you can’t make it to Salt Lake you can still enjoy the conference from the comfort of your home as they are, once again, offering FREE access. However, if you will be there in person read on, as it’s Competition Time.

I have ONE complimentary IN-PERSON day pass to give away to one of you lucky readers. The pass includes access to all the on-site classes along with the Keynote speakers and General sessions, and access to the Expo Hall (which I really hope still smells of cinnamon sugar). This pass would usually cost $98.

If you’ve already purchased your ticket you can still enter as the cost of the pass will be refunded by the RootsTech team.

Regretfully, I can’t also offer to cover the cost of transport, accommodation, or food, drink, expenses or swag, but I’d love to meet up with the winner to say hello. I’m sure I could stretch to buying whoever it is a non-alcoholic beverage of their choice; last of the big spenders and all that!

How To Enter?

Just enter your name and email below before midnight (GMT) 28 January 2023 to be in with a chance.

The winner’s name will be drawn randomly and the winner notified before midnight (GMT) on 31 January 2023. Your details will be kept for two weeks after the closing date before being deleted from my system. My decision is final.

If you’re not able to attend in person, and haven’t registered for the virtual experience yet then what are you waiting for? Head over to where you’ll be able to do so, and be sure to check out the official blog over at

Disclaimer: As mentioned, I am an Influencer for the conference and as such I have been granted a free pass to the event. I have received no other financial rewards, and all views expressed are my own.


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