A Presidents’ Day surprise: new “cousin”

The late President Gerald Ford was my fifth cousin once removed!


An Irish Valentine

Are you making romantic plans for Valentine’s Day? Ever wonder about the origin of sending notes of love and friendship on February 14?

Unusual names: a blessing and a curse

The Irish Family History Centre newsletter arrives regularly by email.


Fultonhistory: free online NY newspapers

You may have never heard of Tom Tryniski, who’s scanned and uploaded millions of newspaper pages to his free website, Fultonhistory.com.


Stories and pictures

Do you have an old photograph of an ancestor and wonder how to write up a story or bio about them?


Resistance genealogy

At the risk of introducing politics to this blog, I still want to share this story and its moral: “People in genealogical glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, and we’re all in genealogical glass houses, metaphorically speaking.”


Sting visits home of ‘pauper’ Irish Ancestor

I always enjoy the PBS TV program “Finding Your Roots” with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. Unfortunately I often miss episodes, including the one about singer-songwriter Sting.

Last resident of Omey Island

In today’s Letter from Ireland Mike Collins writes about Pascal Whelan, “The Last Resident of an Irish Island.”



The Swedish word dostadning describes an uncluttering process that begins as people age. In her new book The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, to be released in January, author Margaret Magnusson tries to help Americans free themselves and their families from a lifetime of clutter.


Santa Claus and his Irish ancestry

A timely genealogical treat courtesy of the Irish Family History Centre newsletter.

Read about a real Santa Claus who lived in Missouri and his ancestral links to County Tipperary: www.irishfamilyhistorycentre.com/article/santa-claus-he-really-did-exist-he-might-even-have-had-irish-ancestry

Merry Christmas to all!