Friday, November 30, 2012
Finding a Connection
Some of my very favorite books were written by Maeve Binchy, who passed away this year. She was born and lived her whole life in Ireland, which was a big part of all her stories. She made Ireland seem like the best place in the world, with the funniest, sweetest people.
So I am pleased for no good reason, to find an ancestor in my family tree who came to America from Ireland. My friend researched genealogical records for me to demonstrate what genealogy is - and found a great-great-grandfather who was a stone-mason from Ireland.
One website used is called familysearch.org and it's free of charge and easy to understand. It feels like being a detective, with each bit of information leading to the next, and bringing up long-forgotten snippets of parents' conversations. It was a lot of fun and interesting.
Maybe I'm really related to Ms. Binchy! At any rate, I'm Irish for sure, even if it's just a tiny bit.
Posted by Sterling River at Friday, November 30, 2012