Official census enumeration dates

Successful research depends on attention to details. That maxim certainly applies to genealogy and census records. Continue reading Official census enumeration dates

Genealogy Center’s Surname Search

The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center must be an awesome place to visit! The Center has a collection of over 350,000 printed volumes and 500,000+ items of microfilm/microfiche. Their online databases can be accessed for free from anywhere. Continue reading Genealogy Center’s Surname Search

Irish soldiers in the U.S. military

As we celebrate Memorial Day, let’s also remember Irish contributions to the cause of American freedom. Continue reading Irish soldiers in the U.S. military


When we go beyond mere collection of names and dates, we start doing true family history research, i.e., looking at how our ancestors lived and finding out why they did what they did. Timelines can help us fill in some of the blanks. Continue reading Timelines

New records for Antrim, Down & Monaghan

The May issue of Clann announces the addition of 27,000 Church of Ireland records from Counties Antrim and Down as well as 40,000 (Catholic and Protestant) records from County Monaghan. Continue reading New records for Antrim, Down & Monaghan

GenealogyBank Obituary Index

Last October and announced a joint venture to make nearly a billion historical obituaries searchable online. Over 100,000 volunteers have been listed to help with the indexing, and records are being added to FamilySearch as they become available. Continue reading GenealogyBank Obituary Index

Surname Search on Irish Ancestors

John Grenham created – and continues to enhance – the excellent “Irish Ancestors” genealogy package on the Irish Times website. Grenham also writes a weekly blog which is a Monday highlight for me. Continue reading Surname Search on Irish Ancestors

Townland Browse

Irish researchers should stay tuned to Shane Wilson’s website with its valuable collection of maps and databases, at  New and improved features are added regularly. Continue reading Townland Browse

“Tracing the Irish in Minnesota”

The May/June issue of Irish Lives Remembered genealogy e-magazine is now available, and guess what? In it you’ll find an article by Joe Buggy entitled “Tracing the Irish in Minnesota.” Continue reading “Tracing the Irish in Minnesota”

Irish Merchant Marine

When looking for 20th century Irish relatives, IGSI encourages you to check the database of Irish merchant marine seamen active 1918-1921. Continue reading Irish Merchant Marine