Memorable Aging & Birthday Quotes from Famous People

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this blog article, Mary shares some of the interesting and/or funny quotes about birthdays and aging that she found in old newspapers. While researching birthdays and aging in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives, I came across some delightful quotes from... (Read More)

Irish American Immigration History Facts & Infographic

In celebration of Irish Heritage Month, here are some interesting facts about Irish heritage facts. Irish in America; Population Statistics There are 34.5 million people who claim Irish ancestry in America Approximately 11% of the total United States population is Irish American There are over 7 times more people of Irish descent in the... (Read More)

Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar …

“Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar, all who love obits stand up and holler!” That is probably not the way you heard that cheer – but genealogists sure do love obituaries.I came across this obituary for Louise Cloutier (1789-1889). It was published in the 13 November 1889 issue of the Daily Inter-Ocean... (Read More)

Finding Your “Roots” at Alex Haley Museum Opening

Alex Haley home dedicated as a genealogy library and museum. When 17-year-old violinist Joseph Matthews performed at the dedication of the Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center, he had no idea he would discover his family roots. Joseph, a high school senior from Memphis, Tennessee, was among hundreds who participated in two days of... (Read More)