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…

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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…

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Understanding Your Polish Ancestors: The Warsaw Uprising

By Katarzyna Smalcerz, Your Roots in Poland Every August the 1st, Poles commemorate an anniversary of The Warsaw Uprising (Polish: Powstanie Warszawskie), which is considered one of the most significant events in modern Polish history. Due to its tragic consequences, in particular the enormous human and material losses, the question of the legitimacy of the…