Return to the Causeway

Do you have ancestors from Antrim or Derry? Thinking about a trip to Ireland?


Ordnance Survey Memoirs – Buy here

In 1830 the Ordnance Survey started the task of mapping the entire country of Ireland at a scale of six inches to one mile. Notes taken during the survey were called “Memoirs,” coming from the abbreviation of the word “Aide-Memoire,” an 18th century term for topographical descriptions accompanying maps.


Audrey’s picks for research sites

We encourage our blog readers to submit research tips, stories, or ideas for articles. Today, IGSI president/volunteer researcher Audrey Leonard has shared recommendations for websites she’s found valuable in completing research requests.


Pluses and Minuses at

You may have read about the fee schedule change for research on, the website of the Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF). I have not used the site myself, but I understand there is now a charge to view the IFHF indexes on – and that’s before an additional charge to see a transcription […]

My McKlveen Connection

My third-great-grandmother, Elizabeth (McKlveen) Stahl, was born in Ireland in about 1792. I’ve done almost no research on the McKlveens. Early on, I was lucky to find another descendant, Janet Kirchner Warter, who has unselfishly shared her extensive research and documentation.