Don’t Be Gullible: Being Aware of Genealogical Fraud (Part One)

By Sharon Hall Genealogy has become one of the world’s most popular hobbies.  USA Today noted that genealogy was bested only by the number one hobby of gardening.  In terms of Internet searches genealogy is second behind (regrettably) pornography.   It’s no wonder genealogy research has become such a popular pursuit with popular television programming…


Adoption in the Family Tree

By Jayne McGarvey Many adoptees experience various degrees of personal conflict within the discipline of family tree research – often unsure whether to trace by adoption, birth or both and are also unsure how to display and record such information. Similar concerns can be encountered by many researchers when encountering either a formal or informal adoption…


An Update on Irish Records Now Available On-line

By Jayne McGarvey Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.  This seems rather a good day to review some of the more recent collections that…

Where to start

What is the Difference between Genealogy and Family History and Where Do I start?

By Jayne McGarvey The terms Genealogy and Family History are often used interchangeably within the field of ancestor research, even by many professional researchers.  They both involve seeking information about your ancestors so what is the difference? Genealogy is the study of ancestry and descent and refers more to the actual search for ancestors and…