Welcome to all of you family members, genealogists and internet wanderers. My family tree is actually a forest of assorted names and locations. Check out the branches to discover if you share a leaf or two.
Surnames (above and to the right). Here are the main family trees. My goal is to include names, dates, descendants, photographs, documents & sources for my information. These names link to locations & cemeteries. Related? Contact me to share & compare.
Locations (above and to the right). Here you can find my family names associated with each location, useful websites and blogs, books, maps and other resources that are helpful for research there. Do you have a favorite resource: archive, book, website to share? Let me know.
Cemeteries (above). The final resting places of my ancestors. Names, dates, maps & photographs are here.
Also visit my blog, Leaves & Branches for information on my current research, new discoveries, missing ancestors, memories and other miscellaneous posts. See the latest post below.
This website is always changing as I include newly uncovered information. Check back soon for more content! – – – Colleen
- January 28, 2015: Book: Tracing Your Irish Family History - Leaves & Branches
Tracing Your Irish Family History
Firefly Books, Ltd., Ontario, 2009 This book sits on my genealogy bookshelves beside several others on the same topic. They have all taught me more about the home of my mother’s mother’s family but this one is especially appealing. When you first flip through the pages you will be pulled in by the photographs, charts, text boxes, sketches and easy to read text. You can browse on any page or read cover to cover. I’ve done both. When you get past the appealing layout you’ll find the content full of research tips and Irish facts and history. Within the section on the United States Mr. Adolph gives these suggestions for research: NARA, societies, civil registration, censuses, directories, religious registers, newspapers, biographical dictionaries, wills, naturalizations, shipping lists, army records and land records. Each has a brief description of their value to genealogy. In the same section there are text boxes about: the colonization of America, President Kennedy, criminals sentenced to transportation to the colonies and further reading. When looking in Ireland for more information Mr. Adolph writes,
“Whether or not you’ve found your ancestor’s place of origin yet, don’t leap on the next plane to Dublin. Much Irish research can be done online and using the Mormon’s microfilmed records…”
He then writes about hiring professional genealogists, materials available through societies, useful magazines and books, websites and biographical dictionaries. He describes repositories in Dublin and Belfast and the county heritage centres. The ‘Divisions of Ireland’ section is especially important to understand in order to locate the records you need. The difference between a townland, a parish and a barony is important. I was confused before reading about the difference. I suggest you find this book in your library or buy a copy. You won’t regret spending an afternoon with this book. Part 1. Tracing back to Ireland: first steps First, find your immigrant Using and storing records Part 2. Tracing back to Ireland, country by country Part 3. Tracing your roots in Ireland Griffith’s Valuation and Tithe Applotments Dictionary of Irish sources Part4. Tracing ancient Irish roots Milesius was your ancestor
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