All Blog Posts Tagged 'genealogy' (21)

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


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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

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

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

Comic Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen: July 26,1895

Gracie Allen was born to George Allen and Molly Darragh, who were of Irish Catholic extraction. The Darraghs are listed as being from County Antrim with Gracie’s father, Patrick, born in 1833 and married Margaret Peggy McKillip from Ballymoney, County Antrim. The Darraghs were from County Antrim. Gracie’s father, Patrick, born in…

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Added by Dee Notaro on July 12, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

The Real Honor Bright

Mary Kate Neill was born on June 11th, 1900 in the tiny township of Graiguenaspiddoge in County Carlow. The 1901 census shows her ten months old. Her mother was Catherine or Kate Neill (née Cullen) aged 38, and her father Michael Neill aged 51. Born in 1850 just after the potato famine of 1845-7, he was a blacksmith. Graiguenaspiddoge was a row of 28 houses beside a main road in the countryside,…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on January 1, 2015 at 5:59am — 1 Comment

Yeats's poem A Prayer for My Son - which son was he referring to?

“A Prayer for My Son”  by William Butler Yeats

Bid a strong ghost stand at the head

That my Michael may…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on October 6, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Mistresses, Concubines and Fitzies in Your Family Tree?

When a "family detective" starts researching  “Royalty” connected to one’s family, there arises  women known as “Mistresses” and “Concubines”.  Most Kings had them. Do you know the difference…

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Added by Dee Notaro on July 10, 2014 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

Another 'Fairy Trip'

Bit, I told Janet earlier about you calling these kind of trips I make Fairy Trips....and she laughed. Later, she turned round and asked me what I had said about Fairies.

The more I think about this, I smile - travelling through Ireland with nary a care in the world, not worrying about where you are going because when you get there you will find something worth remembering - it is actually a fairy trip. Earlier today we were trying to get home from Castlecomer and I saw a sign…

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Added by Dr. Jane Lyons on May 25, 2014 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Irish Y-DNA 'Surname' Analysis - How It Works

Seventy million Irish diaspora know they have something intense and unexplainable coursing through their DNA. Perhaps, more than any other country in the world, Ire-land has left an extremely strong emotional…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on February 19, 2014 at 1:30pm — 17 Comments

Ireland's 'The Gathering' Success Inspires Even More!

Ireland's worldwide invitation to the Irish diaspora to come home in the very ambitious and controversial countrywide event "The Gathering" has exceeded all expectations.  A…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on November 16, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Connecting the Past and Present: Chatting With Genealogist and Author Megan Smolenyak, Part 2 of 2

We continue and complete our interview with genealogist, author, producer and speaker Megan Smolenyak, wherein we discuss…

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Added by The Wild Geese on May 2, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

‘Connecting Across Oceans and Time’: Q&A With Celebrity Genealogist Megan Smolenyak

(photo courtesy of Megan…
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Added by The Wild Geese on April 30, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Irish Family History Sources in India

By Kieron Punch

Although many Irish people may be reluctant to acknowledge that our countrymen played a significant…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 18, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Megan Smolenyak's New Book, Website, and YouTube Channel



We interviewed the "Indiana Jones of Genealogy," Megan Smolenyak, for this genealogy blog in a two-part post, ‘Connecting Across Oceans and…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 15, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Latest Irish Genealogy Links From Megan Smolenyak

I grabbed some Irish-related links from Megan Smolenyak, one of the world's leading genealogists, posted in a recent newsletter.

From the Huffington…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on April 15, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Researching In Salt Lake City's LDS Family History Library

By Susan Kimura



Salt Lake City — I conduct family-history research every day as finding my ancestors and learning about them is an important part of my life. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints (LDS), also known as Mormons.



The LDS website states: "FamilySearch is a service provided by…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 12, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Irish Convicts to Botany Bay Brought to Life by Author (First publish 2/12/12)

Since the discovery of her Dublin Highwayman ancestor, Australian genealogist and author Barbara Hall has lovingly devoted herself to researching those Irish transported from their homeland to Australia on five convict ships.  Along with Cassie Mercer, editor of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on April 10, 2013 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Capturing 'Every Bit of the Old Country'

At the encouragement of some fellow members of TheWildGeese.com, I'd like to introduce myself to everyone here with whom I have not had the privilege of interacting (yet).  I've recently made the decision to combine two of my most ardent passions -- Irishness and photography -- into a new business venture.  That business is called Irish Homeland Photography.   I'm thrilled to be one of the very first…

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Added by Irish Homeland Photography on April 4, 2013 at 3:30am — No Comments

Poor Liverpool Orphan Re-invents as Irish!

My 'Irish' GGrandfather was not Irish at all!  I just discovered that my hunch that he deliberately hid his childhood turned out to be true and he did it by inventing an Irish background to camouflage everything about his parents poor Liverpool linage, but why did he choose to become Irish?  

I received my package from Bernardos Children's home on Thursday so I had time over the Easter Weekend to comb through the information and insert it all into my family tree. I couldn't pull my…

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Added by Alannah Ryane on April 1, 2013 at 12:00pm — 12 Comments

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