Looking back through the centuries in Ireland, there has traditionally been a very strong naming pattern for the children born into a family. Perhaps knowing this pattern will assist you in your research.
eldest son usually named after his paternal grandfather
second son usually named after his maternal grandfather
third son usually named for his father
fourth son usually named for his father’s eldest brother
fifth son usually named for his mother’s eldest brother
eldest daughter usually named after her maternal grandmother
second daughter usually named after her paternal grandmother
third daughter usually named for her mother
fourth daughter usually named for her mother’s eldest sister
fifth daughter usually named for her father’s eldest sister
RELATED TO THE HOMESTEAD ACT OF 1862 Many genealogists are familiar with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) website and use that site to see if their ancestors acquired land under the Homestead Act, or by any of the other federal land acts. On this website, one can see the legal description of the land, along with a digital image of the patent itself. But many people do NOT know that there is a file associated with each patent, that is not online. Both the affidavit of eligibility and the proof required for the patent after five years may contain detailed genealogical information. In many cases, because non-citizens were eligible to claim land but only citizens could receive a patent, the actual naturalization records of the claimants may be found in the files. Other files, by widows or children of the original claimant, may include marriage or birth records. The Homestead file itself is available through the National Archives, for a fee of $50. For more information about these records, and how to order them, see The Legal Genealogist article titled “Happy Birthday, Homestead Act” by Judy Russell at https://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/ . Just scroll down to the May 20, 2019 post. One can sign up to subscribe to The Legal Genealogist at no charge and receive it as a daily email. Her daily blog posts are frequently very interesting and informative, as this one is. Consider this a bonus Tip of the Week!
TIP OF THE WEEK – THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA’S ONLINE CATALOG
The Library of Virginia in Richmond holds and preserves all the
records of the state of Virginia. Its library catalog is readily
searchable online, and just as with familysearch.org, an increasing
number of their records have been digitized and are accessible online.
For instance, searching under the Images and Indexes tab (see below) gives you a list of over thirty digitized, searchable collections,
including Revolutionary War Bounty Warrants and Land Office Military
Certificates; Henley’s Marriage/Obituary Index of Virginia Newspapers;
and Virginia Land Office Patents and Claims, to name just a few.
To view this section of their catalog, go to their main web page: ( http://www.lva.virginia.gov/ ) and scroll down slightly till you see For The Public; click there (everything under that tab is worth exploring!) select Search the LVA Catalog. This opens a new page, with 4 tabs; click on Images and Indexes. Then select which collection(s) you’d like to search.
TIP OF THE WEEK –
ANCESTRY’S DNA THRU LINES
you explored Ancestry’s new tool called ThruLines? It’s intended to
replace the old tool, DNA Circles. It displays your and your DNA matches
common ancestor(s) and family lines in a more comprehensive format.
finds connections to your DNA matches by matching persons in each
other’s trees. Even if there are private trees involved, you will get
these ThruLines as long as the trees are set to searchable.
small quirk I noticed, it will falsely assume you are, for example, a ½
3nd cousin, if both your 2xgreat grandparents names do not match
identically to those on the other person’s tree. But all in all, it’s a
fun new tool. This is the beta version and it will improve.
lesser known translation site recommended by Lisa Alzo of Internet
Genealgoy & Your Genealogy Today, especially for languages such as
Arabic, Greek, or Russian, is Yandex Translate. Yandex is a synchronized
translation for 95 languages, with predictive typing, dictionary with
transcription, pronunciation and usage examples, as well as many other
resources not to be ignored are your church or cultural organizations
such as “The Sons of Italy”. Maybe they can provide the translation help
TIP OF THE WEEK – USING CONTROL F
have a powerful function at your disposal when you’re in a web browser
and want to search for a word or phrase. It’s called Control F, and very
often you will see it written and referred to as CTRL+F.
This performs the same way as the search function in many of the applications you use.
holding down the Control key (labeled CTRL), hit the F key. A search
box will pop up on your screen. In this search, or find box, enter the
word or phrase you want to locate.
function comes in particularly handy when you want to search long web
pages, blogs, or online books for something specific. I find it useful
in searching through family history books that are online at
a sample exercise for you to try out. Click on the link at the bottom
of this article to go to an online version of “War and Peace” in text
holding down the CTRL key, hit the F key. Now enter the word Nicholas
in the search box that appears, and hit enter. Nicholas occurs 631 times
in “War and Peace”. See the 1/631 in the search box? See the up and
down arrows in the search box? Using the up and down arrows you can rapidly jump through “War and Peace” to each mention of Nicholas.
TIP OF THE WEEK – NOTICE FOR FTDNA CUSTOMERS
Listening to angry customers, FTDNA has provided a separate option
so one can now opt out of the new Law Enforcement Matching (LEM), but
still maintain matching with DNA Relatives. If you care to adjust your
Matching Preferences, visit the Privacy & Sharing section within
Account Settings as shown in the steps below:
1. Log in to your FTDNA account 2. Use the dropdown arrow in the upper right, to the right of name, to open the menu there and choose Account Settings 3. On the Account Settings page, open the Privacy & Sharing tab
4. Cursor down to the Law Enforcement Matching (LEM) section and slide
the marker from the right (where it’s blue) to the left (where it will
If you manage multiple accounts, you’ll have to log
into each account individually and repeat steps 1-4. Judy G Russell,
the Legal Genealogist, wrote an insightful blog on the Law Enforcement
Matching issue and what it might mean to you, as well as any other kits
you administer. It’s dated March 13th. If interested, you can read it
TIP OF THE WEEK – LARGE GERMAN GENEALOGY CONFERENCE IN CALIFORNIA
The 2019 International German Genealogy Conference, to be held June
15-17 in downtown Sacramento at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, will offer
three days of German-centric presentations in multiple tracks
–Geographic, Technology, Advancing Your Research, and more. Attendees
will learn from genealogists, authors, historians, and archivists who
are top presenters with advanced proficiency in their fields of study.
This is the 2nd international conference of the International German
Genealogy Partnership, a federation of German genealogy organizations
whose mission is to facilitate German genealogy research globally. The
first was in Minnesota in 2017.
The local sponsor for this
2019 conference is the Sacramento German Genealogy Society. This is
billed as the largest worldwide gathering on the specific topic of
German genealogy this calendar year; 700+ attendees are expected.
Use either organization’s website for more information or registration:
Between the years 1820 and 1920, thirty five million immigrants arrived at US ports and 82% of them came through the port of New York. Before Ellis Island was opened in 1892, Castle Garden was the official immigrant reception area. Combined, the three collections cited below have over 66 million searchable passenger records that cover the port from 1820-1957. Access is available to you through your account on the free genealogy website, FamilySearch.org