Top 300 surnames of Derry-Londonderry

If your ancestors came from Derry, you’re in luck! Brian Mitchell has written another book, The Top 300 Surnames of Derry-Londonderry, with maps by Sam Mitchell.


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.


“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 […]

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.


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 […]