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 “Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing,” her appearances on the television...

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Barack Obama Plaza? The Curious Tale of How an Irish Rest Stop Was Named After a US President
Jun09

Barack Obama Plaza? The Curious Tale of How an Irish Rest Stop Was Named After a US President

Cruising down the motorway between Dublin and Limerick, I am reminded of the building boom that overtook Ireland during the Celtic Tiger years. Before the millennium, a wide divided highway like this simply did not exist in Ireland. Somewhere near Kildare, the stand of modern industrial parks and high embankment walls lining the road give way to views of the Irish countryside. The scene beyond the highway presents an idyllic...

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Postcard from Ireland: Finding Irish Family Roots in County Laois
May21

Postcard from Ireland: Finding Irish Family Roots in County Laois

Here are my postcard photos of Roundwood House which was originally built by my 8th Great Grandfather in about the 1670s.  The long low house was the original dwelling built by the “Dublin Merchant” and Quaker Anthony Sharp.  Anthony was a business associate of William Penn and owned a large portion of the state of New Jersey as one of the original purchasers of land there.  He sent his nephew Thomas Sharp and his son...

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Connecting with Your Irish Heritage – The Wild Geese
Apr30

Connecting with Your Irish Heritage –
The Wild Geese

For centuries the Irish have dispersed many of their best and brightest to far away lands. Few countries have such an expansive history of emigration… and this tendency continues even today. As a result, Irish traditions have developed that relate specifically to this legacy, such as the Irish wake (which is a special farewell for someone who is living rather than dead) and the greeting “How long you home for?”...

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Ellis Island, Linking America and Ireland
May31

Ellis Island, Linking America and Ireland

If you’re Irish-American, you should know about Annie Moore. She’s the Irish teenager who came through Ellis Island when it opened in 1892, the very first person to be registered at the new immigration station. According to www.ellisisland.org, Annie was just fifteen when she came to New York from Queenstown (now Cobh) in County Cork with her two younger brothers, Anthony and Phillip. In fact, the day she arrived happened...

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Finding Your Namesake Pub in Ireland
Sep03

Finding Your Namesake Pub in Ireland

Sometimes it happens by accident, sometimes itineraries are built around it… for many, finding a pub or castle or town with their family name on it offers a very fun photo op. Look how much fun the Smyth’s are having in Dublin in front of the pub that shares their name. Have you found your namesake in Ireland? Let us...

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