Joe Biden’s Irish Family History

Isn’t it amazing how many American Presidents (and President elect) have Irish roots. Joe Biden has Irish ancestors in Co Mayo and Co Louth. He has two great great grandfathers, one from Ballina, Co Mayo and the other from the Cooley Peninsula in Co Louth that emigrated to America. Like Continue Reading

Emigration to America

A nice little history lesson for anyone looking for ancestors who emigrated to America. People often just think of Ellis Island but Castle Garden was another entry point in New York for a period of time. https://www.familysearch.org/…/ny-castle-garden-ellis…/ Castle Garden and Ellis Island Immigration Records are available for free on various Continue Reading

Emigration with Earl Grey Scheme

I recently watched an episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ which featured the singer / actress Mandy Moore. It was an interesting episode as it explained the assisted emigration policy called the ‘Earl Grey Scheme’. This scheme transported destitute and orphaned Irish girls to Australia to address the Continue Reading