All Blog Posts Tagged 'Family History' (28)

My Genealogy Journey

I began researching my family tree a little over three years ago, and two years ago I shared some of my journey in this post:…

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Added by Honora Wright Weaver on July 11, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Free Access to Irish Family History Resources

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, the New England Historic Genealogical Society is allowing free access to its online Irish family history resources from 15-22 March. Sign up for access via the NEHGS's American Ancestors database at the following:…

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Added by Kieron Punch on March 15, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Baa, Baa 'Black Sheep': A Chat About the Infamous Irwins

Compiling family history can be a fascinating pursuit, particularly when a living descendant bequeaths a story as colorful and riveting as that of brothers Tom and John Irwin. The young men, among my grandmother’s numerous first cousins, shared a cold-water flat in…

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Added by Gerry Regan on January 30, 2017 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments


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My Top Three Picks For Beginning Your Family Genealogy

FamilySearch, a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations

* Irish Government Sponsored Website

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on December 3, 2016 at 10:00pm — No Comments


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Take a Step Back -- Irish Roots Magazine

IRISH ROOTS magazine was first published in 1992 by Belgrave Publications. IRISH ROOTS Media Ltd acquired Irish Roots magazine in 2007 and the publication continues to go from strength to strength. IRISH ROOTS magazine aims to furnish readers with high quality informative content and to assist them to overcome the many hurdles so often encountered in Irish genealogy. Working with an accomplished team of experienced genealogists we pride ourselves in…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 28, 2016 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Bréifne, The Middle Kingdom, O'Rourke and O'Reilly: Tale of an Unlikely Princess

So I wrote this musical -- The Last Torch. It took a long time approximately 7 years. I even raised a bunch of money and put it onstage.…

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Added by The Last Torch on November 13, 2016 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

A U.S. Sailor Writes From His Post in Cork, 1918

Navy veteran John Washington Michael Condon died as he lived, a gregarious man with a penchant for sharing a good story. He was one of my father’s numerous uncles, and was known to me through Dad’s recollections as Uncle Jack. As evidenced by the…

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Added by Gerry Regan on November 10, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments


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Irish Roots Magazine Offering Members a Free Issue

Our friends at Irish Roots Magazine have gone mad altogether…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 9, 2016 at 6:00am — 3 Comments


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Welcome 'Painted Clans,' Commemorating YOUR Family's History

'Painted Clans' creates amazing contemporary-style Coat of Arms framed gifts, perfect for the modern home. We are delighted to welcome 'Painted Clans', as the latest supplier…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on November 2, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

GPO Dublin 1916

My Grandfather was John Joseph Scollan, Commandant, Hibernian Rifles.

He was at The GPO in Easter 1916 with James Connolly and Michael Collins and the seven signatories to the 1916 proclamation of The Irish Republic. I am presently researching his life, having just returned from Dublin.

Photo: The General…

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Added by John Scollan on August 21, 2016 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

How The Nuns of Kylemore Abbey Saved My Father's Life

This story took place between 1920, when the Benedict Nuns arrived at Kylemore, and 1922, when the Black and Tans left Galway after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Peace Treaty in December 1921.

Patrick Carney, my father, was born in Cornamona, County Galway, in 1900. He was one of several…

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Added by Friends of Kylemore Abbey on April 26, 2016 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

How I Learned That Grandad Executed Erskine Childers

Do you know where you’ll be on April 24? Maybe not, but chances are you might just find yourself huddled over a form, answering innumerable questions about your personal life. Filling in the census may not be the most exciting of pastimes, but it sure is important. Without all those statistics it generates,…

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Added by David Lawlor on April 22, 2016 at 4:30am — 7 Comments

The Irish Families of Elmhurst, NYC

When I entered the University of Notre Dame in 1965, the first thing I had to do was make some close friends. Notre Dame has no social fraternities and in 1965 no women. So one had to fish around your residence halls and classes to…

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Added by Michael H.J. Kane on March 22, 2016 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Injustice in Hell's Kitchen? -- The Story of Tom and ‘Yerkie’ Irwin

"Brother Pleads Guilt to Free Jailed 'Twin' " reads the headline in the July 30, 1931, edition of The New York Times.

The story refers to two of my grandmother’s first cousins, Tom and John Irwin. Tom stood accused with two other men -- and…

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Added by Gerry Regan on March 11, 2016 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

My Granny, the Looter -- One of Many During Easter Week

To have a relative who was ‘out’ in 1916 – that is, someone who took part in that mad assault on the British Empire known as the Easter Rising – is something to be treasured.

Of course, there were plenty of other…

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Added by David Lawlor on February 16, 2016 at 2:30am — 9 Comments

Emma Kline: Hoop-Skirt Smuggler During the Siege of Vicksburg

In 1864, 20-year-old Vicksburg resident Emma Kline was arrested by Union officials, who were then occupying the city, perched above the Mississippi River in the state bearing the same name. She was charged with the crime of smuggling, one…

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Added by Don Gray on February 6, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

American Saga of Wexford-Born Immigrant Loftus Crosier Gray

The above is a picture of Loftus and Mary Gray, my great-great grandparents. Jack Holt, the husband of Mrs. Billie Jo Holt (who provided the above photo) is also a descendant of Loftus Gray. Jack's maternal grandfather was Walter Gray. The…

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Added by Don Gray on January 30, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Easter Rising, America's Civil War, and 'The Minstrel Boy'

In early 1916, a young Irishman was making secret plans to travel from England to Dublin to take up arms in an insurrection to achieve Irish independence. This was Liam Parr, a singer and bagpiper who was sometimes known as the ‘The Minstrel…

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Added by Robin stocks on January 7, 2016 at 5:30am — 10 Comments

Helping Ballyvaughan's Permanent Residents Rest Easier

While in Ireland during what laughingly passed as a summer in 2015 I spent time doing maintenance at a graveyard. Three of us spent a few hours mowing and strimming Rath Graveyard near Ballyvaughan in County Clare. Well, I did the mowing and my…

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Added by P.J. Francis on October 28, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Connecting With Roots, Loss, in Belfast the Beautiful

The whole day that I spent in Belfast and the evenings on either side really need more than one blog post. That day we went to so many places and I was shown so many things. It was mind-blowing and at times very emotional. Belfast is a lovely place and I…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 6, 2015 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

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