Irish Catholic Ancestors: How Far Back Can You Go?

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?

Mocavo (New Genealogy Search Engine)

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)

Spelling Doesn’t Count! (in Genealogy)

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)

Certificate of/for Genealogical Tourism

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