NEW feature: the Ottawa Valley Irish Discussion FORUM

This is a new and experimental feature, which I am going to try out for at least a few months: the Ottawa Valley Irish Discussion Forum This is a forum where readers can post and reply to queries about surnames, families, localities, records, and so on. I am hoping it might serve as an alternative to my currently haphazard “system” (it is not a system!) of email queries. In order to participate in the Discussion Forum, you will have to register with a username and a valid email address. Please note: the only part of this site that requires registration is the Discussion Forum. You do not need to register…

NLI Parish Registers Digitisation Project

This is huge. This is absolutely fantastic. This has the potential to transform (and by “transform,” I mean radically improve) Irish family history research. Press release from the National Library of Ireland: We are delighted to announce that we will make the NLI’s entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms available online – for free…

Ireland-to-Canada emigration: from which port?

According to historian Timothy J. Meagher (The Columbia Guide to Irish American History), Liverpool was the point of departure for the vast majority of Irish emigrants to both Canada and the United States, at least during the Famine period: Even most of the Irish bound for North America, however, first went through Britain, more specifically…

Go west (and then north), young man

(Click on the above image to see a larger version of the .jpeg file). My dad, John Alexander Moran (right) at Frobisher Bay, late 1950s. He said that he just went out west, presented himself to the office of the geological survey, and they hired him — by telling him to buy several items, including…