Category Archives: Ireland

A Marital Union at the Dawn of the Civil War

It was April 14, 1861, just two days after the first shot was fired at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, which ignited the American Civil War. What was happening in your family history on that date? For me, it was the … Continue reading

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Irish, are ye? A coup’la book recommendations for ye, then…

One author:  Frank McCourt. Two books: Angela’s Ashes and ‘Tis Just finished back-to-back readings of these two spell-binding, Pulitzer Prize winning, bestselling memoirs of this Irish-American who left the lanes of Limerick for the big city sidewalks of New York … Continue reading

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Fom Ship to Shore: Finding those Immigrant Passenger Ships

“They came in ships…how else could they get here?” That’s the rhetorical question offered by John P. Colletta in the preface to his classic volume “They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Arrival Record.” The answer, … Continue reading

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