Roscommon to Texas, MD

A handful of blogs regularly capture my attention, including Joe Buggy’s “Townland of Origin.”


Stories from IGRS 80th Anniversary Archive

With the flurry of St Patrick’s Day activity around free or reduced-price access to Irish research websites, we failed to report another type of celebration: the release of stories from the Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) 80th Anniversary Archive.


Spring 2017 issue is better than ever

The latest issue of Irish Lives Remembered is better than ever!


The dark side

It’s comforting to read about professionals who encounter the same research challenges as I do. A big one is mis-spelling of names in census records.

Query using exact date pays off

We’re still on holiday, now in the Algarve area of southern Portugal, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking about genealogy research.


DNA surname project update

Since 2008 when we submitted a FamilyTree y-DNA test kit, my husband Bill has been part of the FTDNA Hickey surname project.


Heartwarming Christmas story

I admit it. I get teary when I read this kind of story.

Skeletons in the closet

Finding a skeleton in the closet is a concern for many family historians – if not for the researcher, certainly for some member of the extended family who fears the discovery of a scandal.


“Luck of the Irish” shipwreck off Australia

IrishCentral recently published an engrossing article about an 1835 shipwreck off the coast of Australia. The convict-transport ship was carrying 250 prisoners from Dublin and Cork.


Remembering Pearl Harbor

On December 7, 1941, a Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor killed 2403 Americans, wounded about 1100 and destroyed ships, planes and harbor infrastructure. December 7 became “a date that will live in infamy,” like September 11. This week’s news has carried stories about those who died at Pearl Harbor, as well as the few […]