Mar 17, 2011

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Researching Irish Ancestors

Last year for St Patrick’s Day I wrote a blog Letters Home – My Irish Families (6 Mar 2010). It reunited me with three distant lines of my Jeffers family of Portadown, Ireland which was exciting for all of us. This year my tribute to St Patrick’s Day will be sharing some of my favourite Irish websites and resources. For anyone who is just starting their family history, I have an article How Do I Start Tracing My...

Mar 6, 2010

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Letters Home – My Irish Families...

This week’s blog is my contribution to the Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture, 18th edition With four gg grandparents born in Ireland it is no wonder that I am interested in Irish heritage and culture. Of the four it is only my gg grandmother Maria Jeffers who gives me any real insight into her life back in Ireland. However, I will also outline the other Irish gg grandparents just in case someone else is interested in those...

Feb 21, 2010

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Finding My Long Lost Jeffers Cousins Online...

I have written before about why it pays to advertise your family research interests online and this is another example with my Jeffers family from Portadown, County Armagh Ireland. I placed a query about the family on an Ancestry.com message board in November 1998 and my first direct reply was in October 2001, almost three years later. Unfortunately that person never wrote back after establishing we were interested in the same family. Now in February 2010 over eight years...