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.  

13 July 2024:- Total 49,808 including living. A couple of census entries in New Jersey.  Spent some time fixing the Lists/Places pages... they seem to work now too.  Tries some other tweaks to the website code... this always takes me time as I work by trial and error; and slowly.  Gardening.

12 July 2024:- Total 49,805 including living. Managed to repair the website back to the pre-close-down state. The 'Daily Context', which took me a while to make, had attracted some additional php code from somewhere - just one ">" had stopped it functioning!  Anyway that's up now so I can start on improvements and genealogy.

11 July 2024:- Total 49,805 including living. Odd day. Had a minor operation to try to unblock my tear ducts with a tiny 'bottle-brush'... that failed and now have to have a more serious attempt.  Added some sources and Find a Grave references but also still deep in trying to repair the website from being down for two months... fixed one format issue and now have to get the 'Daily Context' to work properly before I tackle any new facilities.

10 July 2024:- Total 49,801 including living.  Trying to repair the website and answer 4 correspondence queries at the moment.  One in New Jersey, others in Australia and Ireland.  I think it actually got busier when the site went down!

9 July 2024:- Total 49,768 including living. Mostly trying to relaunch the website in answer to several correspondents.  A re-jig of the software I use made it less easy for me to use but I think it's back more or less... some tweaks to do amid the enquiries.  As if to make matters worse, my e-mail client wouldn't launch today, that took precious hours to sort out.  Busy, busy, busy.

8 July 2024:- Total 49,767 including living. More sources for existing people and lots of hunting.  Re-established the software to convert the database to a website, so, should be back on-line tomorrow maybe.

7 July 2024:- Total 49,764 including living.  Sunday Single Back Up. More sources added and a lot of time unravelling correspondence errors, quite rewarding to be able to offer a 'second opinion'.

6 July 2024:- Total 49,761 including living.  Lots of sources added today in Ireland, should be able to send a report on this line tomorrow... there's a lot of them!

5 July 2024:- Total 49,754 including living.  Trying to sort out related 'Dunns' with 'typical' names in Mountrath today.  Tricky and very easy to get the wrong one, a breakthrough was one with a three marriages... not too common.

4 July 2024:- Total 49,746 including living. Lots of double-checking as my findings contradict a correspondent's tree.  The issue may revolve around the name Johanna often being abbreviated as Julia in Ireland... no, I don't know why!

3 July 2024:- Total 49,745 including living. Lots of sources with scans added for Rathdowney.

2 July 2024:- Total 49,745 including living. Some website coding today.  Once I start on one thing I am no longer up to changing activity much!

1 July 2024:- Total 49,745 including living. Monthly Double Back Up. Still working on Tipperary, added sources... fixed some lights in the garden!

30 June 2024:- Total 49,738 including living. Sunday Single Back Up. Busy out and about visiting.  Added a few more Baptism scans.  New correspondence in for California.  Website still down but one step closer to re-start with Guild of One-Name Studies.




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!