Cork – Then and Now

The Irish National Archives has an outstanding collection of photographs, and their images have no known copyright. An Irish tour company has taken a creative approach by combining old pictures of Cork from the Archives with new photographs of the same scene. Continue reading Cork – Then and Now

“A grain of truth”

Local historical societies are a source of family history hints that shouldn’t be ignored. Often society membership is necessary to take advantage of the information they have; sometimes helpful data can be found free on the society’s website. Continue reading “A grain of truth”

Library of Congress Images

Adding pictures and maps to your family histories will make them much more memorable. But, you say, you don’t have any photos of your ancestors? Try the Library of Congress. Continue reading Library of Congress Images

Understanding Our Identity

America is a nation of immigrants — always has been and continues to be. Helping us understand our identity are the many immigration/heritage museums which tell the stories of our ancestors. Continue reading Understanding Our Identity

Endangered and Extinct Names

When you’re doing Irish family history research, an unusual name is often advantageous. However it turns out surnames can become ‘endangered’ and even ‘extinct.’ Continue reading Endangered and Extinct Names

Irish Family History Day

Today, January 23, is Irish Family History Day at  I just viewed part of a webinar with Irish genealogy expert Brian Donovan advising how to get started with Irish research and describing Findmypast records. Continue reading Irish Family History Day

Claire Santry’s Top 10 Free Irish Research Websites

Claire Santry’s website, Irish Genealogy Toolkit, deservedly popped up into GenealogyInTime Magazine’s “Top 100 Websites of 2015″ this week. I follow Claire’s blog closely and regularly scope out the advice on her website. Continue reading Claire Santry’s Top 10 Free Irish Research Websites

Surname Variations

Thinking about the IGSI-sponsored trip to Ireland has prompted me to take another look at my own Irish connection. Continue reading Surname Variations

Write for The Septs

If you’re a member of Irish Genealogical Society Intl (IGSI), you receive the quarterly journal, The Septs, and you already know each issue has a specific theme. Themes for upcoming issues include: Continue reading Write for The Septs

Top 100 Genealogy Websites

It’s that time of year again; GenealogyinTime Magazine has published its Top 100 ancestral websites. Continue reading Top 100 Genealogy Websites