Wednesday 27 August 2014

Autumn issue of Irish Roots magazine published
After a busy couple of weeks of family and work commitments, I finally settled down last night to enjoy the latest issue of Irish Roots magazine.

This edition includes features about tracing ancestors in County Kerry, finding online and offline sources for pre-1858 wills, and the surnames of Connacht. In addition, local historian Catherine Corless tells of how she unearthed the Tuam Mother and Baby Home story, a tale that has attracted much worldwide attention and prompted a Government investigation.

There is also my own review of recent Irish genealogy happenings, lots of news from family history societies, details of book launches, a Q&A column, and a thoughtful column of appreciation for the many unsung heroes and heroines who volunteer their time and expertise to help other researchers in all manner of ways.

For those whose ancestors emigrated, there are articles on Irish-Australian singers and their songs, Irish-American World War One records, and the unlikely but potentially rewarding United States Consular collection, which I'd never heard of before.

There is also a delightful story of Margaret Fanning née Clarke who is the fifth member of her family, originally from Loughrea, Co Galway, to celebrate their 100th birthday.

Irish Roots
is now on the shelves of local bookshops and news outlets (€4.50/£3.35). A digital version can be purchased for $3.99; click the cover image above.