Wednesday, August 23, 2006


Health and Hygiene in the 19th Century (The Victorian Web):

The Huddled Masses: Migration and Disease, 1880-1920:

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918:

Map Stops Cholera:

Major U.S. Epidemics:

Epidemics:, train wrecks, fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, storms, mining explosions, ship wrecks, drownings, and accidents:

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Mental Health Family Tree Program

Bipolar disorder (manic depression) is a treatable medical condition that affects approximately 5.7 million American adults. But the condition can be hard to recognize because it may come across as depression, euphoria, trouble at work, out-of-control spending, substance abuse or even suicide attempts. Now, a new program that addresses the family connection of bipolar disorder is available to help families get their doctors to more accurately and quickly diagnose this complex condition.

The Mental Health Family Tree program:, launched by the national non-profit organization Families for Depression Awareness (FFDA), draws attention to the important role a person's family mental health history can play in diagnosing bipolar disorder, while helping individuals identify some of the common - but sometimes unknown - behaviors associated with the condition. People concerned about the existence of bipolar disorder in themselves or in family members can visit, to build their own Mental Health Family Tree by completing a simple, interactive questionnaire. This family tree can be printed out and
used to spark conversations with doctors or relatives.
This intriguing notice was originally published in UpFront with NGS, The Online Newsletter of the National Genealogical Society, Volume 5, Number 6: 1 June 2006

I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life; I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well. - Theodore Roosevelt, Des Moines, Iowa, 04 November 1910

Saturday, August 12, 2006


Irish Counties are like US states, while the Baronies are more like our counties. Baronies are comprised of Parishes, which are somewhat like townships in the US. Parishes are divided into Townlands of varying size. They may be farms or platted sub-divisions, and can range from a few acres to over a thousand acres. So one needs to know County, Barony, Parish and Township.

Book: The General Alphabetical Index to Townlands and Towns, Parishes, and Baronies of Ireland published in Dublin in 1861 as an adjunct to the Census of Ireland. It has been reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1995, and 1997. John Giacoletti says "It is one of the essential must have and use tools for genealogical research in Ireland."

Brian Mitchell's A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland shows outline maps of all the parishes and baronies. There are also townland maps that will show the placement of the townlands within the parishes.

The townland outline maps are available in 78 microfiche maps through LDS. Notes for these fiches say: "It is the intention of this series to show, on a county basis, all townlands within their respective civil parishes. To 1898, the civil parish was the major administrative division. The two great surveys of the 19th century - the tithe assessment and the Griffiths valuation - were compiled on this basis with householders listed by their townland address. Use the index at the beginning of each county to identify the parish you need. Beside each map is a list of each parish's constituent townlands." You can find these in the FHL Catalog using the Topic search for Ireland - Maps, or click:*,0,0
Fiches are only 10 or 15 cents, and are permanent. So ordering all of Ireland would be less than $12; individual counties can be ordered also. Townlands and parishes are listed on PRONI (Townlands in Northern Ireland) and the IreAtlas Townland database.

$$$$ NEW! Irish Historical Maps: - Operated by Ordnance Survey Ireland, cost €5/day. Maps from 1824-1847, 1888-1913 from Trinity College, the National Library of Ireland, and the Royal Irish Academy, all in Dublin.

The 1837 edition of Samuel Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Ireland:

Tracing Irish Trees:

$$$ Ever-increasing number of databases available at Irish Family Research:

New aid to researching Irish immigrants to the USA has come online, an index to the Missing Friends column that ran in The Boston Pilot, the Roman Catholic newspaper in the city, from 1831 to 1921. For more information see this article at The Irish immigrant past gets tie to today. The database: More than 31,438 records.

Irish immigrants to the US 12 Jan 1846 - 31 Dec 1851:
Click on the red Search button on the top left. See: All Series | People | Indexes to Other Records. Click on the People option. Don't enter any other data yet. This will get you to a page called List Series That Identify People. Scroll down almost to the bottom, to: Title: Records for Passengers Who Arrived at the Port of New York During the Irish Famine, 1977-1989
Creator: Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies. Center for Immigration Research.
Level of Description: Series from Collection CIR: Center for Immigration Research Collection.

Click on this entry and you will see a search screen where you can search by the person's name or by the ships name. Wildcard is available.
Centre for Migration Studies: - Library, Irish Emigration Database Project, and Master's Degree studies

The Massachusetts Archives is indexing a million immigrants who came through Boston 1848-1891:

Finding Irish - the Missing Friends database:,

Genealogy Today: A formula to find that Irish pot of gold:

The Study of Genealogy in Ireland:

Irish Origins:


The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA):

The Irish Genealogical Research Society:

The Irish Genealogical Foundation, O'Lochlainn's Irish Family Journal:

Irish Ancestors:

The Directory of Irish Genealogy:

The Centre for Irish Genealogical and Historical Studies:

Ulster Historical Foundation, Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research - some free databases, strong in County Antrim & County Down:

Irish Genealogical Society, International:


Irish Names:

The Irish Times:

Irish Phone Books Online:,

Thanks to Eastman's Newsletter for some of these links.

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