Irish Newspapers Will Now Be Ignored

The following article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at

This newsletter often points to interesting articles available elsewhere on the web. I usually give a 2- or 3-sentence introduction, followed by a link to the article of interest. According to a coalition of Irish newspapers, if I provide a link to an Irish newspaper, I am a pirate.

The National Newspapers of Ireland has adopted a new policy. Any website which links to one of the 15 NNI member newspapers will have to pay a minimum of 300 Euros ($395 US dollars), with the license fee going up if you post more links. See for the details.

Note that this is not a fee to post an excerpt or some punitive measure for the copying of an entire article. No, the NNI wants to charge for links alone. It doesn’t apply just to newsletters or web sites, the NNI wants to charge the same fee to ANYONE who even posts a single link in a Twitter message or any other message in any public place on the Internet. That includes Facebook, all blogs, all web pages, and perhaps anyplace else online!

This is one of the most stupid ideas I have read in recent times. The National Newspapers of Ireland obviously has no idea how the web works and also has no concept of the amount of valuable publicity that links to their members’ newspapers can provide.

Online news site Slashdot suggests this is an elaborate way to commit suicide.

Whatever the reasons, I will abide by this rule. I will no longer refer to any Irish newspaper web site until the National Newspapers of Ireland wakes up and rescinds this foolishness.

Investigating this madness a little further, I discovered an Irish Solicitor who agrees with Dick.


For about a year now I’ve been using a very useful little application called DropBox. I can’t remember how I found it, but as I use several computers, it’s become one of those little things that I use almost daily without any thought.
DropBox is a web based service that, when installed on each of my machines, shows an extra folder which I can use to share information between machines without having to get involved in complex upload/download or synching routines that usually get in the way of simply accessing up to date copies of information. Anything saved to that folder on any of the machines, shows up on the others whenever they are connected to the internet.

As an example take my family tree data:

  • I make sure that by default the Family Tree Maker software I use on my main machine saves it’s files to a folder in my DropBox folder
  • On my Mac laptop, which also has the FTM software installed, I have made sure that it loads its data from the same DropBox folder
  • This means that whenever I make a change to the database on my main machine the same change is seen on the laptop so I have a consistent database on both machines
  • It also means that if I make changes to the data on the laptop, then the main machine is also updated.

All this happens without me having to do anything extra to my normal save routine.

OK, that’s all well and good but the next big plus is that this data can also be accessed by any machine on the net so long as I can log into the DropBox website. That machine doesn’t need the DropBox application installed.

Oh! did I mention that this is free? Well it is so long as you don’t exceed the imposed size limit – if you need more space, you pay but the limit is generous for most users and the charges not excessive if you need more.

You can sign up for a free account here.

DropBox is compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, iPad and Android (Blackberry is coming)

Untangling DNA

About a year or so ago and all in the interests of genealogy, I had a Y-DNA (follows the male line) test done. At the time there were only a couple of matches to mine and they were already known to me through more conventional records.

After a few months, as more people had tests done, the number of links grew a bit; again most of them were from people I knew and  shared the same or very similar surname (CURD, CURDS, CURDE etc) however, there were a couple (and now even more) who had other surnames! Perhaps even more surprisingly these were very close DNA matches differing in only 1 or 2 markers which makes it almost certain we share common ancestors. The fact that all these connected persons live in the USA made the match even more interesting. The surname with the most and best matches is ROSE which is obviously not one derived from CURD or one which could be easily mistaken for it.

I had previously contacted one or two of the ROSE relatives, but none could shed light on a possible connection – I assumed one of my ancestors must have “strayed” and, as there are many CURDs in the USA, I assumed the straying took place over there and left it at that; interesting diversion but one that seemed almost impossible to fully explain.

Today, I received an email from a W. ROSE in the USA:

Brian,  I understand that you are working on the Curd family
genealogy so you are probably aware of the fact that DNA of
a group of descendants of Robert ROSE & Dorothy match with
your Curd family descendants.  This Robert came to New England
in the 1630s and probably came from England, possibly Kent.
I’m forwarding the attached Article of the early Long Island, NY
settlers as Robert was the ROSE who was one of the first nine
settlers of Easthampton on Long Island in the 1640s having come
down from Lynn, MA.  This article states that six of the nine early
settlers came from Kent but we’re NOT certain at this time which
of these six are known to be from Kent.  It is possible that one is
our Robert ROSE whose wife was named Dorothy.
Based on there being Curd descendants who match our ROSEs,
there seems to be a connection between the two families and it
possibly began in the Kent area of England prior to the 1630 time
period.  We know that there were ROSEs living in that area so it
is possible that is where Robert came from and where the two
families connected. 
Thanks for your attention to this article and the possible connection
with our ROSE group.

Assuming this info is correct, it means that the “straying” appears to have taken place back here in Kent before 1630 and that my Hertfordshire CURD branch must be connected with KENT branch and also that the common CURD ancestor and therefore MY family were not from Hertfordshire after all!
Having been stuck in 1750 with one John CURD in Hertfordshire, this has rekindled my interest in the family’s history although finding records dating back so far won’t be easy!


A while ago somebody suggested I join facebook (fb) as a way of contacting other people interested in the genealogy of the Curd family.
Well I joined and have given it a try and, after a few weeks of nothing much more than the inane chatter I would normally hear from somebody on a mobile phone, I have decided to de-activate my account. Not as easy as you might think though; a careful read of the terms and conditions on the site and I find that I can’t fully close things, just put them into a kind of suspend animation!
I have done my best by removing all fb profiles, links, photos, posts, applications, friends and notifications but I’ve no doubt missed something!
I’m hoping that I shouldn’t see any more activity as I am fortunate in being able to set up and destroy email addresses as required. fb only has one of these temporary addresses for me now and even that will go in the next hour or so.
Bye-bye fb…