Free access to Findmypast’s military records

To commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Somme, Findmypast will allow free access to their entire collection of military records for eight days. Continue reading Free access to Findmypast’s military records

Bishop’s Bank of Philadelphia

If your Irish-Catholic ancestors lived in the Philadelphia area during the mid-19th century, you may be very grateful for a resource disclosed by Kyle Betit and Claire Santry!

“Bishop’s Bank” opened in May 1848, and its three ledgers and 2000+ pages are now available online at Villanova University’s Digital Library. Continue reading Bishop’s Bank of Philadelphia

The Blewitts and the Finnegans

In preparation for Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Ireland, Irish Family History Centre experts Fiona Fitzsimons and Helen Moss conducted additional research into his Irish roots. Continue reading The Blewitts and the Finnegans

DNA and its great implications

Nearly every day for the past two months, newspapers here in Minnesota have carried headlines about the unexpected death of Prince and subsequent claims by alleged heirs to his estate, estimated at $100-$300 million. Continue reading DNA and its great implications

On the shelf

I’m home from DAR Continental Congress in Washington, D.C. This was the organization’s 125th Continental Congress — but my first — and what a wonderful time it was! Continue reading On the shelf

Blog goes quiet for a few days

As you read this, I’ll be completing a to-do item on my bucket list. I’m attending the DAR Continental Congress in Washington, D.C. Continue reading Blog goes quiet for a few days

Medal of Honor

The “Medal of Honor,” often referred to as the “Congressional Medal of Honor,” was created in 1861 by President Abraham Lincoln.  Continue reading Medal of Honor

Grenham’s guide to online Irish records

John Grenham now seems nicely moved-in and settled at his new website home, johngrenham.com. Today he blogs about his updated answer to the question, “What Irish genealogical records are online?” Continue reading Grenham’s guide to online Irish records

Ancestry Academy ‘Short Courses’

In an Ancestry blog posting, Anne Gillespie Mitchell announced the addition of Ancestry Academy ‘Short Courses’, quick tips on one topic in five minutes or less. Sounds perfect for summer! Continue reading Ancestry Academy ‘Short Courses’

How to be there without being present

I blog frequently about the Celtic Connections Conference, coming up soon on August 5-6 in St Louis Park, MN. Perhaps you have other commitments on that busy summer weekend which keep you from attending? There’s a way you can participate without having to travel to the conference or pay the registration fee. Continue reading How to be there without being present