I have recently spent a great deal of time researching a family line in which there is a peculiar lack of paternal lines present. Generation after generation, I found information on the mothers’ side of the family tree and nothing on the fathers. It has been quite frustrating! On the one generation in which I actually did find the father’s information, it is the mother’s information that is missing and the one that I am most interested in tracing down. (more…)
Doing family tree research can be such a rewarding experience. Many debate even starting their researching their family trees however because they are afraid of what they will find. We may not like to admit it but we all have ancestors in our family tree that are considered the “black sheep” of the tree. Today, the black sheep of my family tree is my great-grandfather, Michael J. Walsh.
Michael J Walsh – (1881-1934) (more…)
In 1619, the first slave ship arrived in what would later be known as America, into the settlement which became Jamestown, Virginia. On this ship were twenty African men and women who were the first African slaves in America. How these men and women felt, crossing the Atlantic and then settling into slavery in America, no one knows for sure. What we do know, is that soon after this began “the forcible deportation from Africa to mainland North America during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, enslav(ing) roughly 400,000 free men and women and transformed the many people of Africa, into Africans and, in time, African-Americans”. Anything else that we know about how these men and women felt is found mainly in the stories and writings of the slaves themselves. Slave narratives, autobiographies, letters and interviews can help us to understand what each step in the process felt like to these people.
The Civil Rights era of the 1960’s and 1970’s in the United States was a fight against racism, segregation and discrimination of minorities, but specifically African-Americans. The movement included fighting against both official and also unofficial laws of discrimination. While there were laws of segregation on the books, many of the worst forms of discrimination were happening in less legal ways. When we read about the civil rights movement, we hear about sit-ins, Martin Luther King, Jr., marches, protests, etc. We also often hear about how white men fought against or how they felt about the movement. (more…)
Just yesterday I received a box of Belleek and other Irish china dishes from a family member. In case you have never heard of it before, Belleek pottery is made in northern Ireland. My newly acquired heirloom includes fine china dishes, cups, saucers, serving trays and such. One of them is even made in the county in Ireland where my husband’s family is from. This acquisition is so much more than just getting some pretty dishes however. It’s the historical background, the family ties it holds and the ties it also gives us to our homeland.
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