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A cornucopia of Irish cousins – my latest trip to Ireland

In March, I was lucky enough to take another trip to Ireland.  Scheduled to be in Dublin for work on a Monday, I decided to arrive on Saturday morning and head west for a weekend of visiting. My first stop … Continue reading

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My podcast interview on Irish Roots Cafe

In July, I was interviewed by Mike O’Laughlin of the Irish Roots Cafe for his Irish Families Worldwide podcast.  The interview is about my family history tour to Ireland in May.  It’s a longer version of my prior two blog … Continue reading

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Our Irish Family History Tour

As I mentioned in my last blog entry, my sister and brother and I recently took our Irish family history tour.  We visited the following townlands: Gubnaveagh, Leitrim – the birthplace of my grandfather, James Francis Sweeney (left at age … Continue reading

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Thank you Gerry Clarke and Social Media

Our recent family history tour of Ireland was a great success.  We visited the townlands and old cottages for the Sweeney, Horan, and Brennan ancestors.  We knew where we were going with the Sweeney part of the trip.  The Brennan … Continue reading

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Heading back to Ireland

My sister, one brother and I are heading to Ireland this week for a little family history tour.  I made some great connections on my last trip and some new connections via the Internet that will make this trip very … Continue reading

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It’s Sweeney after all

The 1911 Irish Census is now available at the National Archives of Ireland.  Thankfully my grandfather’s family is listed as Sweeney.  I realize people say don’t worry about multiple spellings, but I’ve tried to convince myself that I’ve been working … Continue reading

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Family history records you can obtain

Early in my genealogy research,  I made a trip to the National Archives in Waltham, MA.  Everything else was researched on the Internet or through Ancestry.com and requested by postal mail or fax. I must credit an extremely helpful person … Continue reading

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You think you know what your name is?

When I looked more carefully at my grandfather’s birth entry, I realized his name was “Sweeny”, not “Sweeney” which we have all carried since his arrival in the US in 1903. This made me question the validity of my father’s … Continue reading

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You think you know when your grandfather was born?

In my genealogy research, I found no less than 5 documented birth dates for my grandfather that differed from his birth certificate.   These dates spanned 12 years and two seasons!  I obtained copies of his birth certificate, the passenger … Continue reading

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