A breakthrough? A gift? A false lead?

A quaking Ancestry leaf brought me an intriguing surprise today.

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More serendipitous genealogy

I’ve blogged before about Curt Brown’s “Minnesota History” tales from the StarTribune Sunday newspaper. Another good one appeared yesterday, titled “Finding birth family ‘brings tears’.”

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Funny Business

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., has announced the schedule for a new season.

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Poor law records

While it’s exciting to find an ancestor’s name in old records, I find it’s also illuminating to read stories about the times in which they lived and what their contemporaries experienced.

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Grimmet, Straiton, Ayrshire?

While browsing Ancestry hints, I came across a story about DNA discoveries and my Scots-Irish ancestors.

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A random act of kindness

One of our blog readers, whose anonymity will be protected here, shared an experience that might make you smile. Before you read on, you should know she is a vigorous rule-follower.

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Elvis Presley’s Irish roots

Do you remember when you heard Elvis Presley had died?

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Finding living descendants – or dead ends

This is a follow-up to my earlier postings about the mystery man in our Quinn family tree, James Quinn (born in Minnesota in 1892), and my search for his living descendants. Part of this story was published in the July 2017 issue of The Septs.

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Photo clues

While sorting through another box of family belongings, I came across an old photo album.

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Irish naming convention

Did you read yesterday’s posting about the 1826 Tithe Applotment record and ask “couldn’t Bartholomew have been James’ father, instead of brother?”

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