Letters from Kilkelly

An IrishCentral story tells about John Hunt of Kilkelly, County Mayo, who emigrated to America after the Famine. Correspondence with family back in Ireland became the basis for a song written by his great, great grandson, Peter Jones. Continue reading Letters from Kilkelly

Obituary source

While checking the FamilySearch blog for news about their indexing event (a big success – 116,475 participants indexed 10,447,887 records), I picked up an intriguing piece of advice. Continue reading Obituary source

Another VP candidate with Irish roots

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have one thing in common: they’ve both chosen running mates with Irish ancestry. The Democratic candidate for Vice-President, Timothy Michael Kaine, is said to consider himself “81.25% Irish and the rest Scottish.” Continue reading Another VP candidate with Irish roots

IGRS marriage index grows to 80,000+ names

The Irish Genealogical Research Society’s Early Marriage Index was updated this week with several thousand new records “from obscure and underused sources,” bringing the database to over 80,000 marriages. Continue reading IGRS marriage index grows to 80,000+ names

Five years – knock on wood!

Five years ago this week I published my first blog posting here. Since then 850 posts of varying length and significance have appeared. Continue reading Five years – knock on wood!

The Harp and the Hand

Last November I received an email request from author Teva J. Scheer to review a draft of her new, in-progress book, The Harp and the Hand – Exploring Irish Roots. Continue reading The Harp and the Hand

Book-signing by the authors

Last week in his blog, Dick Eastman posted a review of the book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, 4th Edition, by John Grenham. Published in 2012, the book isn’t new, but it stands as one of the most useful books in Irish genealogy. Continue reading Book-signing by the authors

Irish-American VP candidate

You won’t read any political commentary on this blog, but I will share the little bit I’ve seen about the ancestry of Donald Trump’s running mate, Indiana Governor Michael Richard Pence. Pence’s maternal grandparents were Irish immigrants. Continue reading Irish-American VP candidate

Ireland XO’s top FREE online resources

Ireland Reaching Out wants to help identify the townland, parish and county where your ancestors lived. Continue reading Ireland XO’s top FREE online resources

World’s largest indexing event

FamilySearch is soliciting volunteers to help with a 72-hour indexing event, “to save the world’s records by making them searchable to the public.” Continue reading World’s largest indexing event