ProGenealogists recently posted a brief mention by Kellie Scherbel about a tool for finding variant spellings for Irish surnames. It's a great tool, hosted by the Irish Times. But, I quickly found that they have a LOT more at their site for those of us trying to research Irish ancestors.
The Irish Times home page, under the 'More' section, the drop-down menu includes an option for 'Irish Ancestors.' The Surname Search button there yields a search box and this explanation:
"Enter a surname in the box above, and find out:
- the number and location of households of the name in Ireland 1848-64;
- variant spellings or associated names;
- surname dictionary entries;
- surname histories;
- the number and location of births of the name in 1890;
- published or printed family histories;
- a possible coat of arms associated with the name."
It all works beautifully! I got quite a lot of information on KEATING and less, but still useful, on DOOLEY.
There are also options for placename info, research outlines, immigration, and full text archives of a regular Irish Times genealogy column by noted genealogist John Grenham, beginning from Jan 2009! And, there are more links to additional helps at this page. I think it's a real treat to be able to read regular articles by Grenham!
Thanks to ProGenealogists for this tip. Now, I just wish I could find some little lead somewhere about specifically where my Irish great-grandparents originated ....
DisclaimersI read the ProGenealogists blog regularly and love the info available at their website, but I have no other connection to them at all.
I receive no consideration from the Irish Times, but I will start visiting their Irish Ancestors webpage regularly now that I know about it! Warning: There is an option to subscribe for full access to Irish Ancestors. But there are oodles of free goodies available.