Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) Fall Gathering
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 1 – 3 pm
Edina Southdale Library, Ethel M. Berry room, main floor
7001 York Ave S, Edina, MN 55435
A short business meeting will precede our featured speaker, author Penny A. Petersen, who will discuss her book, Minneapolis Madams: the Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront.
Penny A. Petersen is a resident of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood with long-time interest in the central riverfront. She works as a researcher for a Minneapolis historical consultant. Penny is the author of two local history books, Hiding in Plain Sight: Minneapolis’ First Neighborhood and Minneapolis Madams: the Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront.
Minneapolis Madams was reviewed in a recent issue of “Minnesota History,” a publication of the Minnesota Historical Society: http://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/minneapolis-madams
My husband Bill and I are here in South Dakota for the opening of pheasant-hunting season so I probably won’t be thinking too much about genealogy or posting very often. Continue reading Pheasants in Ireland and South Dakota
Periodically the blog editor receives email announcements about Irish “goings-on.” Here’s an example of lectures you might attend if you happen to be in Cork on October 23 or November 27: Continue reading Gonna be in Cork soon?
I’ve become a family roots junkie. Tuesday night at 7 pm (CT) is strictly reserved for Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. So how did I not hear about the new CNN series, Roots: Our Journeys Home? Continue reading Roots: Our Journeys Home
I don’t know where the following story originated or whether it’s accurate. In the absence of genealogy insights today, I’ll share this bit of alleged history purely for entertainment: Continue reading Tidbit of U.S. Naval History
Julia Rose Hickey’s 1912 copy of sheet music
Many events, commemorative ceremonies and research projects are planned to recognize the 100th anniversary of World War I, which started in June 1914 with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo. By the time the Great War ended in December 1918, so many countries were involved it’s no mystery why it came to be called a world war. Continue reading The Great War Centenary
Earlier this week I blogged about the Federal Census Mortality Schedules and specifically the 1860 listing of deaths in Ramsey County, Minnesota. When I couldn’t find any record of the Irish ancestors I was researching, I happened upon the entry for a woman named Ann Bilansky who was hanged in March 1860 for murdering her husband. I have now learned the rest of her story. Continue reading Justice in Heaven
Last week, in commemorating October as Family History Month, FamilySearch and GenealogyBank announced their joint initiative to make historical obituaries searchable online. Continue reading Obituaries to be Indexed by Volunteers
Census years 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 included information about individuals who died within the 12-month period before the census-taking. These lists are known as “Mortality Schedules” and may be the only record of death for some individuals. Many states did not require death records until the late nineteenth century. In addition, gravestones or cemetery records may be nonexistent. Continue reading Mortality Schedules