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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Corned Beef, A Green River and Irish Research

Corned Beef, Parades, Green Beer - how could someone not love St. Patrick's Day? Growing up outside of Chicago St. Patrick's Day was a big deal. I was never sure if they really used green dye to turn the Chicago River green or if it was a cover story..... just kidding Mayor!

If you are researching your Irish roots, here are some hints and links that might help.

* The majority of the census returns for 1821, 1831, 1841 and 1851 were destroyed in the 1922 fire at the Public Record Office at the beginning of the Civil War.

* Need professional help with your Irish research? Eneclann: Irish Family History Research Visit:

* The census records for 1881 and 1891 were pulped during World War I due to a paper shortage.

* Genealogy Books: Authors: Diane Haberstroh and Laura DeGrazia
Irish Relatives and Friends From "Information Wanted" Ads in the Irish-American, 1850-1871

* The National Archives of Ireland has an online searchable database of the 1910/1911 census. Visit:

* The original census returns for 1861 and 1871 were destroyed shortly after the censuses were taken.

Take Care,
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