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Friday, 30 August 2013

Townland of Origin: Irish genealogy across the pond

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I want to give a shout out to Townland Of Origin, a new blog that was launched earlier this month by genealogist Joe Buggy. As its name suggests, the blog aims to help North Americans of Irish heritage discover the townland where their ancestors set out from. Since Kilkenny-raised Joe has been living in New York for the past three years, it will also be providing information and research guidance with a transatlantic perspective.

It already has some interesting blogposts, my favourites thus far being 'No Irish Need Apply – fact or fiction?', 'A Holy Grail – The McCabe List', and 'The Yellow Belly Cowboys'.

Check out these and other posts. I think that, like me, you'll want to bookmark the blog and watch how it develops.

You can be confident that Joe's credentials are top class. He's been working as a professional genealogist in New York City, providing Irish genealogy workshops at the City's Irish Center, and is a Research Associate of the Irish Ancestry Research Centre in Limerick, Ireland. He also reported for Irish Genealogy News on The Genealogy Event in NYC last year, hours before the arrival of Hurricane Sandy! His first book – Researching your Irish Ancestors in New York City – will be published in 2014.