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.  

12 August 2022:- Total 42,055, including living.  Added tomorrow's On This Day.  Adding some more framework for Dowling in Texas with some images.  Updated Family Tree Maker software today... they are still working even though they are based in Kiev in Ukraine!  Best wishes to them all.

11 August 2022:- Total 42,050 including living. Added tomorrow's On This Day.   More on the Providence to many other US States family.  Already well-researched so its just a matter of piping it over to the Study which I do by hand (rather than a straight copy).  This family originates from Portarlington so hopefully an old connection.  Interestingly a modern marriage into von Dullen and I can't wait to see where that me lead!

10 August 2022:- Total 42,039 including living. Added tomorrow's On This Day. Mostly adding sources, photos and a framework for a Providence family.

9 August 2022:- Total 42,036 including living. Added tomorrow's On This Day. Some additions from Laois following a nice photo from my 'Ace Correspondent' there.  Still trying to confirm the Dowling in the 1976 photo but pretty sure it fits his Mountmellick family already in the Study.  Its actually a slightly different challenge when information on more recent Dowlings comes in... all food for the little gey cells.

8 August 2022:- Total 42,012 including living. Added tomorrow's On This Day. More additions from the Portarlington area today.  There are some merges here but I just cannot find the hasp to connect the individuals.

7 August 2022:- Total 41,976 including living. Single Sunday Back Up. Added tomorrow's On This Day. Busy day adding every Patrick Dowling with an Edward father form Laois and Offaly to establish a correspondent's line back.

6 August 2022:- Total 41,941 including living. Added tomorrow's On This Day. A few additions, looking for an elusive baptism in Laois/Offaly.  I have ordered a marriage certificate, a rare occurrence as its expensive if I order for every one I would like!

5 August 2022:- Total 41,935 including living. Added tomorrow's On This Day.  More on the Laois to Todmorden family and I found them in Durham in 1871 and a marriage so gradually getting somewhere.  May need the marriage certificate to proceed.

4 August 2022:- Total 41,928 including living. Added tomorrow's On This Day.  Added some Dowlings in Todmorden in Yorkshire, England that appear to come from Portarlington on the Laois/Offaly border.  This relates to correspondence.

3 August 2022:- Total 41,901 including living. Added tomorrow's On This Day and some marriages and baptisms in Cappanrush, Laois.  In that process some merges and joins too. Added a 'List/Places/Ireland' page for Cappanrush.

2 August 2022:- Total 41,894 including living. Added tomorrow's On This Day. A couple of additions and some sources for existing people.

1 August 2022:- Total 41,892 including living. Monthly Double Back Up. Added tomorrow's On This Day.  Some great work on Laois Dowlings leading to a numbers reduction as I merged several people on having sufficient grounds to show them as the same person.  That a cause for celebration!

31 July 2022:- Total 41,897 including living.  Single Sunday Back Up. Added 'On this Day' for tomorrow.  A few sources for existing people in Massachusetts a big blank after lots of hunting for their Irish connections.  Added some news photos for Dowlings in Ireland, Laois.




Sunday Single Back-up: On Sunday of each week my computer gets backed up to a separate hard drive on my network (NAS).

Monthly Double Back-up: On the 1st of every month my computer gets backed-up to a separate hard drive on my network (NAS). The NAS, which also has other files not on the computer then gets backed-up again to another separate hard drive on the network that is normally off-line for the rest of the month, disconnected from the internet and powered-off.
Merge: A merge is where evidence has emerged to allow two separate people on the database to be merged into one individual.  For example, there may be two people called Michael Dowling, one as a son of John Dowling and the second as a census entry.  The two initially start off from records as separate entries but a marriage of Michael to Mary Phelan showing a father of John and matching other factors allows me to say with some confidence that they are one and the same person.  This can be quite complicated with much playing around with probabilities and numbers of candidates for merging or occasionally very simple.  The number of people in the database drops by one and it is a major cause for celebration as it increases accuracy and future confusion.

Join: A join is where evidence emerged to allow one person to be connected to another.  For example, a daughter to be added to a father.  A cause for celebration as it reduces the number of separate families in the database and increases accuracy and future confusion.



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!