I realized quickly that I’d have to “think outside the box” to learn about my ancestors. I LOVE to interview people, and listen to stories about "the older days" when life seemed a little slower and simpler. I study USGS maps, plats, read chanceries, look for long forgotten cemeteries and try to help preserve memories people share with me. This blog is ad free, so it's easier to focus on sharing stories. Feel free to sign the guestbook, or join the FaceBook group. Even if we aren't related by DNA, I'd still love to hear about your research efforts and family stories. I am interested in posting (to this blog) stories relevant to the Mecklenburg-Brunswick families.

05 May 2015

New Irish record resource coming

Some Irish immigrants came to farm in Mecklenburg, and Brunswick, VA. The few people that I am aware of, like Gray and a few Purdy families, came from Armagh, Ireland, in Northern Ireland. I have two records for relatives, which were in Church of Ireland, not the Catholic church. (Even thought Armagh is famous for St. Patrick, and there is a church built where he originally dedicated a church.http://www.stpatricks-cathedral.org/cathedral-history/) Armagh is considered Northern Ireland, and Church of Ireland was predominant the time my family left (1838), with some Methodists' starting churches then. 

Eastman wrote an article I found of interest, which applies to Irish Catholics. I'm just so happy more Irish records are becoming accessible. Hoping more comes soon for Northern Ireland too. Here's a link to Eastman's news article with press release links, and information about the new records.


Irish Genealogy Resource with 400,000 Catholic Parish Records to go Online

· May 3, 2015  http://blog.eogn.com/2015/05/03/irish-genealogy-resource-with-400000-catholic-parish-records-to-go-online/

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