Build your Irish Family Tree and Discover Your Genealogy in Ireland

Irish ShamrockTracing your family’s roots and heritage can be rewarding, yet one of the most difficult journeys to undertake. By doing this, you can discover distant relatives, find a warm welcome away from home, and also get to learn more about your Irish family history.

Millions of people would like to learn a thing or two about their Irish ancestry, however, most people are turned off due to relatively few resources available. Well, this blog is going to guide you through on various resources you may use in the journey of tracing your Irish family tree.

National Library of Ireland

This is one of the best places you can visit if you’re interested in tracing your family history. It offers free advisory services as well as genealogy talks and workshops. You’ll also find ancient records such as the Roman parish registers. http://www.nli.ie/en/family-history-introduction.aspx

The National Archives of Ireland

The national archives offer short genealogy consultation services which can be of value. One can also access a wide array of ancient online records such as 1901 and 1901 census records. http://www.nationalarchives.ie/

General Register Office

The General Register Office maintains the registers of all civil birth, death, marriage, civil partnerships and adoptions in Ireland. You can easily search its register records. http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/General-Register-Office.aspx

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Ireland Family History Facebook Page

This page often hold Q & A sessions with genealogists, who can be of great assistance. You can also interact with people sharing stories of tracing their Irish family tree. https://www.facebook.com/IrelandFamilyHistory

 

Irish Military Archives

The military archives holds almost everything from service records to historical documents. You can have a chat with a retired soldier who served in the forces from 1922. http://www.militaryarchives.ie/en/home/

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

This museum maintain burial records for close to 1.5 million people. It also has a Genealogy Research Center. You can visit the museum to get a clear insight of some of the ancient records it has in store. https://www.glasnevinmuseum.ie/index.cfm

County Genealogy Centers

A majority of counties in Ireland have genealogy centers. These centers work with local clergy, local historical societies, county libraries, and volunteers to build a sound genealogical data base that one can use in tracing their family tree. There are more than 20 million records. http://ifhf.rootsireland.ie/map.php

Conclusion

As noted earlier, tracing Irish family tree can be quite difficult. To achieve this, you need some useful information about your Irish ancestors before approaching any Irish records.
Some of the information you need to know includes; name, date of birth, names of siblings, and where they came from. This greatly helps in distinguishing between people who bear the same name in Irish records. For more information on how to go about this search signup for our free mini e-course to learn how to build your family tree.

How Our Ancestors Celebrated Labor Day

Labor day paradeLabor Day offers a welcome break from our work lives. While we can appreciate it as a day of leisure, consider taking some time to look back on the history of Labor Day and how your ancestors might have celebrated it. Labor Day isn’t just about hot dogs and hamburgers. It’s a celebration of the hard work that labor unions have done in order to give us the fair working conditions we enjoy today.

A Different Era

A hundred years ago, workers lived under very different conditions. The eight-hour workday, the 40-hour week, and paid vacations are some of the many practices that labor unions fought hard to implement. Without laws enforcing these practices, people were expected to work long hours almost every day. Working was a lot more dangerous back then. It took many workplace injuries and deaths and lots of effort from labor unions to give us things like worker safety laws, health benefits, and compensation for work-related injuries.

The First Labor Day

On September 5th, 1882, many unions gathered together to hold a parade and picnic in New York City. The New York Central Labor Union pushed hard to get this day recognized as a holiday.

It wasn’t easy to get this event together. Workers and participants had to lose a day’s pay in order to take part in the parade. At first, only a small number of workers showed up to the parade. Hundreds of people lined the sidewalks and stood jeering at these brave pioneers. Soon, though, the initial marchers were joined by a contingent of 200 more workers and a band from the Jewelers Union. Next, some bricklayers showed their support by joining the march, followed by another band. More and more groups turned up to show support for the labor unions until there were almost 10,000 marchers in total.

In honor of this historic march, Labor Day was recognized as a state holiday by Oregon in February of 1887. By the end of the year, Massachusetts, Colorado, New York and New Jersey joined Oregon and made the day an official event. In 1894, Congress passed a bill that made Labor Day into a national holiday.

Researching our Ancestors

There are a number of resources you can turn to in order to find out more about our union ancestors. First, try checking out the union’s private newspapers. Many unions published their own papers and circulated them around their communities. Examples include the Duluth (Minn.) Labor World, first published in 1896, and the New York Union and Trades Advocate, first published in 1865. The Library of Congress proudly displays these newspapers and many others as part of its “Chronicling America” collection.

Alternately, the US Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present website has a database that includes many historic newspapers. It’s easy to filter out everything except for labor newspapers by using the “more search options” dialogue.
If you’re willing to search out physical records yourself, you can find even more information about our ancestors in labor unions. Many repositories of historical information will have documents, photographs, and more for you to browse.

Here are a few choice locations around the country:
The Southern Labor Archives at the Georgia State University Library: http://library.gsu.edu/search-collections/special-collections-archives/southern-labor-archives/

The Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU’s Tamiment Library: http://www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/research/tam/wagner/index.html

Many other archives like these exist. If you’d like a more comprehensive list, the Society of American Archivists offers an online map of labor-focused archives as well as a PDF highlighting many of the larger sites.

Could Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor be related?

The highly anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor is fast approaching and everyone is pumped up to see the two living legends go head to head in the ring. The meeting of the two in an actual fight seemed like the last thing that could ever happen but now we have a date set for the fight. The two fighters are going to make history with this one-of-a-kind match up and make tons of money while they are at it. The fact that this bizarre match up will actually happen comes as a big surprise, but wouldn’t it be more surprising to find out that the two fighters were actually related? By looking at the two fighters you wouldn’t think there is a remote possibility that they are connected in any way. However, genealogical connections go further back than you can imagine. If you go back far enough, you will find that the most unlikely people are related in one way or another. People’s family trees usually connect them through different aspects as we shall explore on this article.

History of the name McGregor

First off, we focus on the McGregor name and go deep into its history to find out where exactly it originates from and how it has been passed on over the years. The first attention-grabbing feature about the surname is its Scottish descent. The name was Anglicized from the Scottish Gaelic name MacGriogair. The Gaelic name meant something; it stood for the son Griogar.’ The name was Gaelicized from Gregory and was used by members of the clan Clan Gregor, which also went by the name Clan MacGregor. In the 18th century, the name was stifled several times since the clan was unruly and authorities then were working on stamping it out completely.

In the United States, the first name McGregor has been used quite a number of times. The total number of babies born with the name from 1880 is recorded as 72 babies. The name has spread through time and now over 15,000 people carry the name, which means if you met 100,000 people in your life time, it is very probable that 5 of them are named McGregor.

 

Looking at the history of the Mayweather name

The name Mayweather comes from Mereworth in England, a fact that makes things a little interesting. The ancient Saxon village of Mereworth dates all the way back to 843, at that time it was listed as Meranworth, whose meaning is, the enclosure of a man named Maera.’

The name Mayweather is associated with a person with a sunshiny disposition, one who is happy and warm. The first forms of the name date back to 1273 as records show that there was an Andrew Muriweder from Oxfordshire, and in Cambridgeshire there was a Thomas Muriweder.Spelling variations of the name have influenced its evolution through the years to its current spelling. It is important to note that, back in the early days, names took on many spellings and it depended on whowas taking the records. Some spelling variations include; Merreweather, Merriweather, Mereworth, and Merworth among many others.

How it is possible Mayweather and McGregor are related?

Floyd Mayweather Jr. with Irish Flag v Conor McGregor holding the MoneyThese are interesting facts to consider. Genealogy uses similar facts to trace a person’s roots centuries back. The fact that the two names originate from relatively the same area means that there is a chance the two fighters could share some relations down their genealogical lines. In genetic testing, people who thought they had white ancestry have been surprised to find out otherwise and there are African-Americans who were surprised to find out that they shared some genetic material with white Europeans. The science behind it has improved so much that the slightest similarities can be seen. Scientists have narrowed down differences
in genetic makeup to one chemical letter, a type of difference known as Single Nucleotide Polymorphism. The difference is so slight that you might not notice it physically even though it exists.

This could be the same thing about the two fighters. Think about it for a second, Conor McGregor says that he is Irish to the bone, couldn’t be anything else, but we just found out from publicly
available records that the name is actually of Scottish decent! And what are the odds that the two fighters should have surnames that originate from the same region. It boggles the mind to think about it but the origin of one’s name says a lot about their descent.

Research your Family Tree now

Will we ever know if Mayweather and McGregor have any chance of sharing single lineage, well of course not, unless they obliged to a DNA test. However, the marvels of genealogy suggest that this is much more likely than you can imagine.

 

What about you? Do you know your heritage and can you trace your ancestry? If you would like to know more about yourself and your family history, you can sign up for our FREE Genealogy Course Or click to buy our eBook Trace your Ancestry, Genealogy and Build your Family Tree it  will help you build your family tree like a professional genealogist. Its actually interesting getting to know where you come from and how your past could be intricately connected to others from around the world.

 

White Supremacist discovers he has Sub Saharan African DNA!

Over the long history of America there have been race relation issues. Unfortunately, not all the issues have been resolved. On August 12, 2017 the latest national racial trouble erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia. In this city, white nationalist organizations were protesting the planned removal of a historic symbol. The symbol being a statue of a confederate general named Robert E. Lee.

On the day of the protest white supremacist protesters were met by counter protesters within Charlottesville, leading to violence between the two factions. During the confrontations, a vehicle was driven through the crowd. Unfortunately, one person died and several were injured.

These kinds of confrontations are not new to America but are needless because we are equal and can can find common ground in shared values. Also, despite differences in the outward appearance of races we might actually have more in common. A case in point is Craig Cobb, a renowned member of a white separatist group. Cobb, claims “my race is my religion” and believes white people should live in isolation from other races. In the past his attempts to create a white colony of sorts garnered much press attention.

Due to this infamy Cobb was invited to a make an appearance on a television show to espouse his views on racial separation. On the show, Cobb submitted himself for DNA testing. During the course of the show Cobb’s DNA test results were revealed in front of a live audience. The test results were shocking and very amusing to audience members. The DNA test revealed that Cobb has 86% European DNA and 14% sub-Saharan African ancestry.

Please watch the video below.

 

These test results demonstrate how connected we are as a human race. We have much more in common than meets the eye. This case illustrates that in a country such as America, the different races despite differing outward appearances might have common ancestors which offers yet another opportunity to bridge racial divides.

We are fortunate to have methods and tools to uncover our past and learn how interconnected we are. Through DNA testing and research we can build our family tree thus giving each of us an opportunity to uncover common ancestry. This will ultimately help us to connect to each other on a much deeper level. We all want acceptance, goodwill and community.

If you would like to find out more about your lineage, uncover your family history and build your family tree buy our ebook How to Research and Create Your Own Unique Family Tree” right now.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Cobb

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/1-dead-19-injured-after-car-plows-into-protesters-in-charlottesville/

Five Great Genealogy TV Shows to watch: Learn how to build your family tree

Just incase you think genealogy is boring and could never interest you, here are some top television programs that will prove you woefully wrong, educate you and entertain you along the way!

1. Finding Your Roots

This television series was first aired on PBS in 2012. Each episode showcases the search into the family history of famous or well known individuals. They use different techniques to uncover the family tree of the guest. The family tree is assembled using data from a combination of historical family records as well as DNA research.

There have been episodes of Sir Richard Branson, Maya Rudoph, Nas, Bill O’Reilly, Deval Patrick, etc.

Here is a preview episode showing the history and family tree of music mogul Sean Combs also known as Diddy.

2. Who Do You Think You Are

This television show was created in Britain but has an American adaptation of the same name.  The show also traces genealogies of celebrities and builds the family tree of celebrities, such as Jeremy Irons, Peter Garrett, Ben Mendelson, etc.

Here is an episode of the show featuring Bryan Cranston, the star of Breaking Bad (Walter White)

 

3. Genealogy Roadshow

This a unique show that has intriguing stories and mysteries. Family secrets are uncovered using research to build the family tree. This is a great show and might be one of the most educative and entertaining. Viewers will see how valuable and helpful genealogy is. Professional genealogists help everyday people unlock gaps and in their family history. If you watch closely you can learn about how different documents and records can be used to build family trees.

Here you will see one episode where the show helps a family uncover the history of their family home which in turn helps them to learn so much more about their ancestors.

 

4. History Detectives

Yet another PBS show that unveils mysteries from the past but with a twist. In History Detectives an investigator will be given a case by and individual who will usually provide an item such as a family heirloom, something from a private museum, etc. The investigator will have to identify and authenticate the artifact. Finding out if the item is of historical significance or if it leads to some useful information that can be used to search out facts and shed light on family legends and local myths.

Here is the preview of an interesting episode where the Historical Detectives traced the history of Bob Dylan’s Guitar!

5. Ancestors in the Attic

Ancestors in the Attic is a Canadian television show that was hosted by a professional genealogist.

Here is a clip from an episode that traces the family history of America’s 16th President Abe Lincoln

 

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