Genealogists are shy creatures, prone to looking fragile and dazed if exposed to daylight or lots of (living) people at the same time. Tell me you’ve (...)

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Irish Roots

Many spots in the lower circles of Hell are reserved for gargantuan American software companies. But an especially warm place is waiting for LinkedIn.(...)

Irish Roots

Unless you’re from Kerry or Donegal, last week’s All-Ireland football final was as dull as porridge. The half-time ads beat it hands-down. Proctor and(...)

Irish Roots

I was recently involved in researching the family tree of Marty Walsh, the mayor of Boston, as part of the mother of all Irish festivals, iFest Boston(...)

Irish Roots

When you live through big changes happening over years, it can be hard to grasp the full scale of what’s going on. This was brought home to me a coupl(...)

Irish Roots

Sometimes the current bout of commemorating feels like the Borges parable about the map the same size as the country it depicts. Living through World (...)

Nobody ever left Ireland to go to America. Pat Naughton left Ballinasloe to go to his cousin John in Roxbury, Boston. James McCurdy went from Rathl(...)

Here are some of the signs that you’re doing too much genealogy. You see names. So many many names. As a result, in order to stay sane, you have train(...)

My father used to tell me stories he got from the Great War veterans who drank in his father’s pub near Custume Barracks in Athlone during the 1930s. (...)

The National Archives (the one at Kew in London) has a very irritating name. Which nation? It’s not Britain, since Scotland is excluded; it’s not the (...)