irish ancestry

Tracing Irish Ancestry: A personal viewpoint, by Brian Mitchell

It is amazing to witness how far Ireland has come in the last decade in terms of making record sources available online! You can now achieve so much online: to name, but a few, you can search 1901 and 1911 census returns at; historic civil birth, marriage and death registers at; transcripts of[…]Read more

Posted on Leave a comment
New Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy

New Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy Garners High Marks from Midwest Book Review

The Midwest Books Review, edited by James A. Cox of Oregon, Wisconsin, has for decades been an important source of advice for library acquisition librarians in deciding what new publications to add to their collections. Brian Mitchell’s New Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy just received a stellar review from Mr. Cox, and we are reprinting[…]Read more

Posted on Leave a comment
DNA Testing: Ethical Considerations

DNA Testing: Ethical Considerations

By Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. & Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL Excerpted from Bettinger & Russell, “Genetics for Genealogy,” Elizabeth Shown Mills, ed., Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2018), 361–90. Millions of people have voluntarily undergone DNA testing. Probably millions more would do so if they were not[…]Read more

Posted on 1 Comment
Royal Descents

55 Remarkable Descents, Kinships, or Near Kin-to-Near Kin Genealogical Connections Outlined and Charted in The Royal Descents of 900 Immigrants to the American Colonies – By Gary Boyd Roberts

We’ve written on several occasions about Gary Boyd Roberts amazing two volume work, The Royal Descents 900 Immigrants to the American Colonies, Quebec, or the United States (RD 900). This collection of royal lines possessed by North Americans represents Mr. Roberts’ magnum opus, and it is truly the product of a lifetime of study in[…]Read more

Posted on Leave a comment

COPYRIGHT BASICS, by Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL

Elizabeth Shown Mills, editor of the reference work, Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (Progen PPS), recently chose and edited a number of selections from Progen PPS for publication in “Genealogy Pointers.”  We hasten to stress that while the author of each selection is a professional genealogist, each selection should interest anyone who is serious[…]Read more

Posted on Leave a comment

FAMILY STORIES . . . AND HOW I FOUND MINE, by J. Michael Cleverley

Family Stories . . . and How I Found Mine is actually several books rolled into one. At its simplest, it conveys the history of author J. Michael Cleverley’s family from the early Middle Ages, through its establishment in colonial New England, and later in the American Midwest. Unlike many genealogies, however, it examines the author’s[…]Read more

Posted on Leave a comment
Polish Genealogy

Polish Genealogy at a Glance | Available in New 2020 Updated Edition

In the newly updated edition of Genealogy at a Glance: Polish Genealogy Research, expert genealogist Rosemary Chorzempa, lays out the basic elements of Polish genealogical research in four specially laminated pages. Starting with a discussion of names, the guide–which has been revised to include updated URLs, the latest statistics, and most important online databases and resources–focuses[…]Read more

Posted on Leave a comment
Genealogy Book Reviews

Federation of Genealogical Societies Forum Praises Grenham and Morton/Henderson Books

Please Note: There are two separate reviews in this article. Please scroll down to review both. Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, 5th ed.Author: John GrenhamPublisher: Genealogical Publishing Company http://genealogical.comPublication Year: 2019Pages: 650, xxiISBN: 978-0806320977Price: $38.50 Reviewed by Mary Kircher Roddy, CG, of Seattle, Washington John Grenham first wrote Tracing Your Irish Ancestors in 1991 and revised[…]Read more

Posted on Leave a comment
finding woman's maiden name

89 Places for Finding a Woman’s Maiden Name: A Checklist of Sources, by William Dollarhide

Discovering the maiden name of a female is often the biggest problem we have in genealogy. Whether you are researching your families in person, through the mail, or by Googling the Internet for sources, the basic search is still the same. As in all research tasks, we need to identify the possible places where such[…]Read more

Posted on Leave a comment