The Woman Who Fell From The Skies

This has happened to every family history researcher at one time or another. While researching a branch of the family in a census, one consults the Place of Birth column to see the unhelpfully imprecise, yet definitive statement: "Ireland." My first thought was, "Terrific, I have some Irish heritage!" My second thought was, "Is that [...]

We Build Our Own Brick Walls

"A Brick Wall" It happens to us all. We're merrily researching a branch of our tree when we encounter a halt in progress. At first we think it's temporary, then after a period of searching, failing, thinking and more failed searches we label it as "A Brick Wall". It's a metaphor that is much (over) [...]

A new blog – well, who do I think I am?

Hi, my name is Phil. I'm a genealogist and I've started this little blog to share some of my findings and the things that I find interesting as I go through my journey of familial self-discovery. But Phil, I hear you say, there are hundreds, no thousands, of genealogy blogs out there. What have you [...]

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