FMP adds Scottish Catholic records

In the first update of their Roman Catholic Heritage Archive, Findmypast (FMP) has released 1.2 million Scottish records.

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Rootsweb: where my search began

Rootsweb is where it all started for me, and I’ve been saddened to read about recent technical problems and loss of data. I vividly remember the Saturday morning in March, 2008, when I queried Rootsweb after looking through old photographs that had belonged to my paternal grandmother.

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Irish in the American Civil War

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ve read about my recent immersion into my Scots-Irish ancestry. As usual, I’ve side-tracked myself occasionally while researching, and some of those detours are the subject of this blog.

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Surname Variations

Thinking about the IGSI-sponsored trip to Ireland has prompted me to take another look at my own Irish connection.

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Scots-Irish or Scotch-Irish?

My Irish ancestral connection is my third great-grandmother, Elizabeth McKlveen. Family lore says she was born in Ireland in 1792, to Scottish-born Presbyterian parents Henry and Isabella McKlveen.

So should I say Elizabeth was Scots-Irish or Scotch-Irish?

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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.

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