You already know, of course, that you can't really trace your ancestry back to Niall of the Nine Hostages, or to anyone grand and legendary like that. And you probably also suspect, if your family tree looks anything like mine, that traditional family lore along the lines of 'We were once the kings and queens … Continue reading Irish Catholic Ancestors: How Far Back Can You Go?
The Ireland Canada Story website has gone live.
...they do it as a "pilot project." The newly launched Library and Archives Canada Blog is apparently a somewhat provisional affair, contingent on (funding? feedback?) some definition of success that will require putting a stop to all blog posts on March 20, 2012, for a month-long period of evaluation. It's all explained on their "About … Continue reading When bureaucrats blog…
Long awaited, much derided, ... and finally here. The site has gone live, and you can get your "plastic Paddy cert" through the newly launched Certificate of Irish Heritage website. "Plastic Paddy cert" (so apt, just great) is not my phrase, by the way, but that of Chris Paton at Scottish GENES.But see, I'm torn. I … Continue reading Certificate of Irish Heritage
It's time for my annual visit to Shaw's of Perth:Advertisement for Shaw's, Perth Courier, 10 August 1928.I'm sorry to have missed "the biggest, broadest, and most commanding sale ever held in Perth;" and I doubt they're still offering Duchess silk for 98 cents per yard. But the current Shaw's of Perth (no longer owned by … Continue reading Summer Blogging Break
Via Deborah Large Fox, a new genealogy search engine called Mocavo. As Deborah Large Fox points out, since Mocavo scours only genealogy-related sites, and therefore filters out genealogically irrelevant results, it has the potential to be quite useful to family history researchers, though the usual cautions apply (in general, the genealogical information that you find … Continue reading Mocavo (New Genealogy Search Engine)
Most of the complaints that I hear from others involve relatives that dispute dates and spellings of names--the latter being a BIGGIE. I still have difficultly convincing new family researchers themselves to accept the fact that their ancestors' names were spelled many ways. It can be impossible to convince relatives, especially those who have never gone … Continue reading Spelling Doesn’t Count! (in Genealogy)
Or "certificate of Irish heritage," I guess it's to be called. This article in the Irish Times includes some amusingly snarky comments about shamrocks and leprechauns and shillelaghs and the like:'If it's not handled correctly, it could end up looking tacky,' warns Smyrl. 'Heritage and business aren't incompatible, but too often we end up with leprechauns … Continue reading Certificate of/for Genealogical Tourism