© 2019, Colleen Murray

I am a Professional Genealogist based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I specialize in Canadian and Irish  research. Aiming to blog quality over quantity.


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Colleen Murray


November 4, 2019

I first tested my father’s Y-DNA back in 2014- and it wasn’t until a few weeks ago, five years later, that he finally received a match who shares his surname. This issue is more common than you might think- and it isn’t necessarily a warning sign of illegitimacy in the...

February 27, 2018

I will admit that I had no knowledge of The Catholic Register newspaper prior to learning that they were offering free access to their publication to mark their 125th birthday. As it turns out, this is an excellent resource for Catholic-Canadian Genealogy.

I was uncerta...

August 19, 2017

This week I have been preparing for a talk that I am giving on the Royal Irish Constabulary (the RIC). The talk will be on September 12 at 7:30 pm for the Irish Special Interest Group of the Edmonton branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society. Special Interest group me...

January 14, 2016

Researching Armagh Ancestors: A practical guide for the family and local historian. By Ian Maxwell. Published by Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, 2000. Paperback, £11.99 from the publisher, ISBN 978-1-901905-89-5. 180 pages, index and 7 appendices: (Sample 17th c...

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