Slice of Life #25

Today is my father’s birthday.  He and I have spent years trying to research our family history, but we always hit a dead end with my great-grandmother.  We know she ran away from home as a teenager, after her widowed father remarried.  We think she may have used a false name on the ship manifest when she came over.  She’s a mystery.

On a whim, I decided to check out the Irish National Archives today.  I hadn’t check in a few months because it was taking almost a year to get the 1911 census online.  My great-grandmother was born in 1909, and all the censuses before that were lost in a fire.  Only 1901 survived and it hasn’t been transcribed yet.

Well, imagine my surprise when I typed in my great-grandmother’s name and her family’s census return popped up!  We now know her parents’ names and her siblings’ names!  Needless to say, I have been researching on ancestry.com ever since.  I am so excited!  Isn’t genealogy awesome?

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