LOC research sources for Irish genealogy

The Library of Congress (LOC) may not be on your short list of places to visit to conduct research, but its guide could help you at many other large libraries.


Four BIG NAMES in Genealogy Confirmed as CCC ’16 speakers

Minneapolis is definitely the “place to be” August 5-6, 2016, based on the first announcement of presenters for the Celtic Connections Conference ’16.


Finn McCool, Michael Cooper and Brian Mitchell

A day’s travel itinerary could not get any better than what we experienced yesterday on IGSI’s tour of Ireland.


John Steinbeck looks for his Derry roots

I was fascinated to read the Tower Museum’s Facebook page “on this day” entry:

On 17 August 1952 John Steinbeck wrote from his hotel in Derry to his friend and editor, Pat Covici, “We just got here. We’re on a hunt for the seat of the Hamiltons…It should be a very interesting experience…However, whatever happens […]

Follow Derry genealogy on Facebook

You can now follow Derry genealogy – as well as archive, museum, education, outreach and event services of Derry City and Strabane District Council – in its new home in Derry’s award-winning Tower museum at www.facebook.com/towermuseum.


“To dear old Scotland with my Ain Folk”

Here’s a delightful step back in time, sent to IGSI courtesy of our friend Brian Mitchell. You can feel the excitement (if not hear the crowds) in the little video showing the Scottish Americans returning to Glasgow for a visit:

Anchor Line Express Service

The Anchor Line, from 1866 right through to 1939, operated its […]

“Final Voyage of Ill-Fated Lusitania”

Well-known genealogist Brian Mitchell has shared a link to his story about his father’s cousin, Walter Dawson Mitchell, who drowned nearly 100 years ago when the RMS Lusitania was torpedoed by a German submarine.


New Derry databases online

Brian Mitchell continues to work painstakingly to make more Irish genealogy records available. His latest databases have been uploaded – in partnership with the Derry City Council – to Rootsireland.


Nov/Dec issue of Irish Lives Remembered

The latest issue of the free genealogy e-magazine, Irish Lives Remembered, contains 70 pages of articles and photos. Here are a few highlights:

“Tracing Your Fermanagh Ancestors” provides resources and tips about researching in that county. Irish family histories of Princess Charleen of Monaco and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray are shared. Connecticut is the U.S. […]

Derry-Londonderry: Gateway to a New World

Noted genealogist Brian Mitchell has written a new book, recounting the history of departures from the port of Derry-Londonderry from the late 17th century to the year 1939, when the last transatlantic steamer sailed from the port.

Mitchell estimates that 6 million Americans can trace their descent to a Scots-Irish ancestor who departed the port […]