Best Genealogy Websites for Finding Your Irish Roots
Feb13

Best Genealogy Websites for Finding Your Irish Roots

An increasing number of questions have been coming in from readers looking to trace their Irish roots. To help point everyone in the right direction, I called on my friend Megan Smolenyak to suggest her favorite online resources. You may recognize Megan from Episode #113 of our podcast, her genealogy books “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “America, Your Roots Are Showing,” her appearances on the television...

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Genealogy in Ireland

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An Emotional Journey Into Irish Genealogy with Rosie O’Donnell
Feb25

An Emotional Journey Into Irish Genealogy with Rosie O’Donnell

Rosie O’Donnell recently appeared on the NBC program Who Do You Think You Are? Many Irish-Americans will relate to her search for her roots. Rosie’s moving story begins with a mysterious photo of a woman that hung in her childhood playroom. That photo later reveals relatives she didn’t know existed, a French-Canadian connection and finally, a visit to Ireland… where she learns to drive on the left and...

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Hang Out With Us AND Brian Ború at Milwaukee Irish Fest

If you’re headed to the enormous, all-things-Ireland celebration known as Irish Fest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this week, be sure to stop by the Cultural Village on the south end of the park. Corey and I will be in the Moore Street Market with the other artists showcasing handcrafted items. While you’re there, be sure to check out the new Brian Ború tent where they’ll be featuring a completely new lineup of music,...

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On the Trail of a Lesser Known Irish Saint

Following the Pilgrims   According to A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis, 1837, Cranfield Point on the banks of Lough Neagh in County Antrim was the site of pilgrimage this time of year. There lies the remains of a 13th-century church, described by Lewis as “a noble pile of ruins.” And nearby a holy well said to be blessed with the healing powers of St. Olcan. This saint may not be well known today, but St....

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