Irish/UK records free on Ancestry this weekend

Now’s your chance to search for ancestors across the pond at no cost! Ancestry.com is offering free access to their Irish and UK records from Friday, August 28 through Monday, August 31 (6:59 Central Time). Continue reading Irish/UK records free on Ancestry this weekend

U.S. Naval Enlistment Rendezvous 1855-1891

Here’s helpful information from IGSI researcher Audrey: Continue reading U.S. Naval Enlistment Rendezvous 1855-1891

Irish Jewish Family History Database

The Irish Jewish Family History Database has been compiled by Stuart Rosenblatt, P.C., FGSI, and President of The Genealogical Society of Ireland. Continue reading Irish Jewish Family History Database

Foxford, County Mayo

While reading Irishcentral’s “Top 10 interesting facts about County Mayo,” I stopped in my tracks at #10: Continue reading Foxford, County Mayo

WDYTYA?

 

 

Last night I enjoyed two episodes of “Who Do You Think You Are?” The stories are always so interesting – and a bit annoying in that they make researching family history look so easy. Continue reading WDYTYA?

Top 5 Irish fraternal orders for research

IrishCentral and Findmypast have collaborated to provide advice on researching family history through fraternal organizations. Continue reading Top 5 Irish fraternal orders for research

Certificates of Irish Heritage scrapped

I read the announcement several days ago. Gosh, the story made the second page of the Minneapolis Star Tribune: Not even Tom Cruise could save the Certificates of Irish Heritage. The Irish government has decided to give up on the certificates as a method of marketing to its diaspora. Continue reading Certificates of Irish Heritage scrapped

On defining an Irishman

Following is an excerpt from The Journal of the American-Irish Historical Society, vol 1, 1898, edited by Thomas Hamilton Murray: Continue reading On defining an Irishman

Irish woman researches family history in America

What I learned today: Curiosity about family history isn’t limited to those looking for family origins in the “old country.” I’ve just read Jillian van Turnhout’s exceptionally well-researched account of County Clare family members who emigrated to Wisconsin. Continue reading Irish woman researches family history in America

John Steinbeck looks for his Derry roots

I was fascinated to read the Tower Museum’s Facebook page “on this day” entry:

On 17 August 1952 John Steinbeck wrote from his hotel in Derry to his friend and editor, Pat Covici, “We just got here. We’re on a hunt for the seat of the Hamiltons…It should be a very interesting experience…However, whatever happens it will be a story to tell.”…

Continue reading John Steinbeck looks for his Derry roots