All Blog Posts Tagged 'Ancestry' (70)

Long Ago Grandfathers, the Mississippi, and Genetic Memory

This very interesting post from Claire Fullerton inspired me to write this one.

In the last 5 years or so my Dad has done a ton of work on genealogy. He has done both his side and my Mom's side. It's been…

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Added by Daniel M. Foley, Jr. on July 2, 2015 at 12:30am — 4 Comments

May Birthday Boy - Marion Michael Morrison

Robert Morrison (1782-1863) was born in County Antrim of unknown parents and plied a linen weaver's trade until he emigrated to the United States in 1801. He married and was a pioneer in Adams…

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Added by Dee Notaro on May 23, 2015 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

'Sheep Stealer' Sir George Arthur French

George Arthur French was born at Roscommon, Ireland in 1841. He was educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and commissioned in the Royal Artillery in 1860. 

In…

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Added by Dee Notaro on May 9, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Genealogy Tip: Map Copyright Traps

We use lots of maps in tracing the paths of our ancestors. Mapmakers will often place a tiny piece of incorrect information in their maps to prevent illegal reproduction of their work. Called a "copyright trap," the fake text might be a bogus street name or even the…

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Added by Dee Notaro on April 29, 2015 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Book Review: 'The Longing'

Book review

"The Longing," by Kimberly Mae

Friesen Press, 2015

Reading this warm-hearted…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on April 22, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Did 'Bat' Masterson have Irish Heritage?

You probably know the wild west part, some fact and some fiction, depending upon which movie you watch. 

William Barclay "Bat" Masterson (1853 –  1921) was a figure of the American "old west" known as a…

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Added by Dee Notaro on April 8, 2015 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

April as a Surname

This interesting and uncommon name is of Old French origin.  It was introduced into England after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and derives from the Old French "avril(l)."  The month of April, ultimately from the Latin…

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Added by Dee Notaro on April 1, 2015 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Galvanized Yankees

If you live in the southern part of the United States, you know they are still not over the war. Which war? The one where the south lost!  So thought I would stir the pot a little.

A large part of the 34th…

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Added by Dee Notaro on March 18, 2015 at 5:00am — 4 Comments

The Irish 'Flavor' of the Erie Canal Workforce

When European settlement of North America started pushing inland from the coast, transportation problems repeatedly occurred. The biggest problem was the Appalachian Mountains, 400 miles from the coast. …

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Added by Dee Notaro on March 7, 2015 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Wexford-Born Signer of the U.S. Constitution

Thomas Fitzsimons was born at Ballikilty, County Wexford, Ireland in October of 1741 to Anthony Fitzsymons in the mid-1750s.  We know his mother's name was Jane, but we do not have a record of her maiden…

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Added by Dee Notaro on February 14, 2015 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Getting All 'Wild West' on Irish TV / Radio / News!

Wild West Irish Tours on Irish radio, TV and newspapers!

Michael Regan-Waugh on Irish TV

We are grateful to IrishTV.ie, Clare FM radio, The Clare Champion, and  Raidio Corca Baiscinn –…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on February 11, 2015 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Coats of Arms and Heraldry

Heraldry is the profession, study, or art of creating, granting, and blazoning arms and ruling on questions of rank or protocol, as exercised by an officer of arms. Heraldry, the word, in its most general sense,…

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Added by Dee Notaro on January 24, 2015 at 5:30am — 12 Comments

The Woman Who Married Irishmen

What’s hard about doing your family tree is finding some branches you’d rather break off, and one that comes to mind is a Kentuckian, a Gregory, whose 19 slaves were identified only by gender and age in the 1850 census, as…

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Added by Jim Gregory on January 10, 2015 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Surnames: Caledonia and Hibernia - 'Mac' or 'Mc'

Mac, Gaelic for "son", is the most common element of Scottish and Irish surnames. In both countries, Mc is always an…

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Added by Dee Notaro on January 10, 2015 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

The Wild Geese Top Ten in 2014

A.D. 2014 has been a magnificent year for The Wild Geese Irish Social Network.  As this year draws to a close, we thought it would be interesting to compile the most popular articles and videos from the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 28, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Finte Eaglasta Oidhreachtúla na hÉireann (Ireland's Hereditary Ecclesiastical Families) - Part 3

Na Mná / The Women

Ó am go ham, feicimid sna hAnnála tagairt do mhná céile agus d'iníonacha na cléire oidhreachtúla, mar sna samplaí thíos.…

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Added by Jerry Kelly on December 17, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments


Heritage Partner
Find Your Roots While Visiting Ireland

Are you planning a trip to Ireland, and do you hope to carry out some family history research during your visit?  If you happen to have an Irish born ancestor who emigrated to the United States,…

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Added by Helen Kelly Genealogy on December 8, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments

Memorials, Tombstones and Cenotaphs

What is the difference between a cemetery and a graveyard? Graveyards are in the "yards" of churches.  The use of tombstones may go back to the belief that ghosts could be weighed…

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Added by Dee Notaro on November 29, 2014 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

My Search for My Irish Roots

Newry and Mourne Museum helps the Magee family find their Irish roots

In late July, Raymond Magee from…

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Added by Ray Magee on November 20, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

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