Irish-American facts from U.S. census

The U.S. Census Bureau and IrishCentral provided the following “Top Ten Facts on Irish Americans”:


The Ghosts of Grosse Ile

In 1847 100,000 Irish people traveled to Grosse Ile, the Quebec port of entry, trying to escape starvation during the potato famine.


There but for the grace of God…

Charles R. Hale’s story about “Charles Lindbergh, a Brooklyn Irish lawyer, and a 16-year-old sentenced to the electric chair” was published in the July 22 issue of Irish Central.


“Hard times, then happiness”

I love genealogy stories, especially those with happy endings. Today’s Irish Central carries Kimberlee Mulherin’s poignant account of her grandfather.

Offaly ancestors?

If your ancestors came from County Offaly, you’ll want to read an Irish Central article entitled “5 things you didn’t know about your Offaly ancestors,” written by Niall Cullin in partnership with Findmypast.


Irish signers of the Declaration of Independence

An Irish Central article written by Brendan Patrick Keane reports on the eight men of Irish descent who signed the Declaration of Independence.


Quinnipiac puts Great Hunger records online

In 2012 Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT, opened Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum. This week the museum launched a free, online database of 1500 articles and illustrations relating to the devastating famine of 1845-1852.

Excerpts of illustrated newspapers including The Illustrated London News, Punch, The Pictorial Times, and The Graphic are available for research. The newspapers […]

Top Five Questions about Irish Genealogy

If you’re reading this blog, you’ve already asked these questions – and if you’re lucky, you’ve found the answers.


Top Ten Irish Clan Names

The following is taken from an article written by Antoinette Kelly and published in the Irish Central:

Whether you are Irish or Irish-American you’re probably immensely proud of your surname. […]

Get to know Megan Smolenyak

Well-known Irish genealogist Megan Smolenyak was interviewed for an article which appeared in the March 31 edition of Irish Central, found at Here is the story, written by Molly Muldoon: