Historical U.S. county boundary maps

As I researched my Revolutionary-era ancestors through multiple Pennsylvania counties, I thought they kept migrating west. From Lancaster County to Cumberland County to Bedford County to Westmoreland County. Turns out the county boundary lines moved more often than my ancestors.


Help from the Hutterites

A visit to my old home in South Dakota last week was particularly bittersweet.


Orphaned photographs

Old pictures are what motivated me to start family history research.


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.