Illinois Ancestors: Irish genealogy magazine online

Illinois Ancestors: Irish genealogy magazine online

Anyone who is interested in Ireland or who had ancestors who came from there is sure to enjoy the latest issue of Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy Magazine. The July issue is available free to view and/or download at

This issue (No. 14) has a photograph of Michelle Obama and her daughters on the cover and features an article about the research that had been done on President Barack Obama's ancestors. The article, illustrated with a map and photographs, includes pedigree charts showing the president's Irish roots through his mother's Durham line.

It is reported, "We can say more about President Obama's deep Irish roots than can be said about the Irish ancestry of JFK, Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton."

This issue focuses on County Donegal, with 20 pages of information pertaining to resources in that county.

A Certificate of Irish Heritage was presented to Caroline Kennedy and a photograph of that presentation is shown: "part of the 50th anniversary celebration of her father's visit to Ireland in 1963."

Other articles in this 72-page e-magazine are equally interesting and also provide important research information:

— Michael Merrigan updates readers on the latest news associated with genealogy and data protection.

— Photo historian Jayne Shrimpton shares an 1895 Galway Street scene to illustrate clothing, hair styles, and accessories.

— Douglas Cochrane from Nova Scotia tells a sad story of the Shea family from Dingle who perished in a Halifax explosion in 1917.

— Shauna Hicks contributed the 12th and final installment of her Irish Loved Ones Missing Down Under series (pertaining to deserters and missing immigrants in Australia).

The next edition will be available online Aug. 6.

FamilySearch adds NYC records

FamilySearch's public records now include a collection's "index of names, birthdates, addresses, phone numbers, and possible relatives of people who resided in the five boroughs of New York City between 1970 and 2010.

These records were generated from telephone directories, driver licenses, property tax assessments, credit applications, voter registration lists and other records available to the public."


Winnebago County records

The Winnebago County, Illinois County Clerk's Office is the repository for birth records from 1855 through 2009, death records from 1844 through '09 and marriage records from 1836.

The website enables genealogical researchers to view information and get copies of vital records from home. Under state law, genealogy records are defined as birth certificates that are 75 years or older; marriage certificates that are 50 years or older; and death certificates that are 20 years or older.

To learn more, visit To conduct a search, visit For further details, phone 815-319-4250.

Youth awards

The National Genealogical Society established the Rubincam Youth Award in 1986 to honor Milton Rubincam for his many years of service to NGS and the field of genealogy. The award was created to "encourage and recognize our youth as the next generation of family historians."

There are two categories: senior and junior. High school students in Grades 10-12 or age 16-18 may compete in the senior category. Middle school students in Grades 7-9 or age 13-15 may apply in the junior category. Prizes are given for the winners in each category.

To learn more of the competition, visit The deadline for submissions is 31 December annually.

ARC retiring

"After 10 years of providing access to the National Archives' holdings the Archival Research Catalog is permanently retiring Aug. 15," according to a National Archives blog at However, the data will still be able to be accessed on the Online Public Access website.

To learn more about OPA visit OPA "searches all web pages on, and presents those pages in the search results along with any catalog records, biographies and histories from the ARC."

Queries, genealogical questions from researchers and genealogical materials readers would like to share will be printed in this column free. Joan Griffis may be reached via email at or by sending a letter to Illinois Ancestors, c/o The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.

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