“named” by Public Profiler

How we love to track surnames! A website developed by geographers at the University College London (UCL) is another tool for finding where in the UK your ancestors migrated (or stayed).


IGSI Surname Search

It’s been a busy week here in Lake Woebegone, as Garrison Keillor says every Saturday on his radio show “Prairie Home Companion.” I have much about which to write, just little time to do so.


Surname Spelling Variations

Here’s the second part of the “Irish Names” article from the December 1980 Irish Interest Group Newsletter.


Genealogy Center’s Surname Search

The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center must be an awesome place to visit! The Center has a collection of over 350,000 printed volumes and 500,000+ items of microfilm/microfiche. Their online databases can be accessed for free from anywhere.


More about Irish Surnames

One of the most comprehensive studies of Irish surname frequency was conducted in 1894 by Robert E. Matheson, who was Register General of Ireland at the time. His statistical report based on Irish births registered in 1890 was published as Special Report on the Surnames of Ireland, subtitled “With Notes as to Numerical Strength, Derivation, […]

Mike C’s picks for free online resources

Recently I posted about Mike Collins and his weekly letters from Ireland. One of the bonuses when I signed up to receive the letters was an article describing Mike’s “Favourite Online Resources.” Here’s a brief explanation of his picks for (free) research sites:


Write for The Septs

If you’re a member of Irish Genealogical Society Intl (IGSI), you receive the quarterly journal, The Septs, and you already know each issue has a specific theme. Themes for upcoming issues include: