Author Archives: Bill

Heading back to Ireland

My sister, one brother and I are heading to Ireland this week for a little family history tour.  I made some great connections on my last trip and some new connections via the Internet that will make this trip very … Continue reading

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The friendly people of Ballinafad and Ballinamore

During our August trip to Ireland, we visited the townlands where my grandfather and grandmother grew up.   Driving was quite an experience, but we managed to make it through the trip without an accident!  I must admit I was nervous, … Continue reading

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A great trip to Ireland

My wife and I and another couple went on a trip to Ireland this August.  It was great craic as they say in Ireland. After several planning iterations, including advice from Pat Preston of IrelandExpert.com, we ended up with a … Continue reading

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Podcast novels – social media at work

I decided to share a few of my podcast novel recommendations in the science fiction and fantasy genre.   My previous post of “What’s on my iPod” did not include books I’ve listened to on my iPod.  Given the time I … Continue reading

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Social Computing is an accelerant for Collaboration

In my recent post, I discussed terms such as social computing, social software, social networking, and social media.  What about collaboration?  I often see the term collaboration used in the same context as social computing. Collaboration doesn’t require computers, but … Continue reading

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I said Social Networking and Corey said Social Media

I made a comment a few months ago regarding the social networking success of Corey and Liam at  irishfireside.com.  Corey responded and used the term social media.  We were talking about the same topic and yet we viewed it in … Continue reading

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Social Media paranoia or valid concern?

Up until a few months ago I had no problem with the practice of sending real time updates to sites like twitter, facebook, flickr, blogs, or other social platforms.  However, I’ve refrained from updates during my recent travel.  I also … Continue reading

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It’s Sweeney after all

The 1911 Irish Census is now available at the National Archives of Ireland.  Thankfully my grandfather’s family is listed as Sweeney.  I realize people say don’t worry about multiple spellings, but I’ve tried to convince myself that I’ve been working … Continue reading

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What’s on my iPod?

Several people have asked me what I have on my iPod, so I thought I’d share it here.  I’ll write more reviews of my favorites when I get a chance. I listen to a tremendous amount of non-music content on … Continue reading

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Family history records you can obtain

Early in my genealogy research,  I made a trip to the National Archives in Waltham, MA.  Everything else was researched on the Internet or through Ancestry.com and requested by postal mail or fax. I must credit an extremely helpful person … Continue reading

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