Illinois Ancestors: 'Irish Lives Remembered' update available

Illinois Ancestors: 'Irish Lives Remembered' update available

The September 2013 issue (No. 16) of the free online e-magazine "Irish Lives Remembered" can be read/downloaded at

As in previous issues, this issue devotes many pages to genealogical research in a specific county; this issue features County Cavan.

A nonprofit organization, Cavan Genealogy, has been building a database of records from many sources since 1988 and now has almost one million records. These include church records (Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist parishes and congregations), civil marriages, births and deaths (as early as 1845), census records, land records, gravestone inscriptions, newspapers and more.

Interesting details are provided regarding surnames in that county. (For example, "MacGivney is one of the surnames with the most variants;" 135 variants include Magevna, McAvenue, Mc Vinia, etc.)

An article announces that Vice President Joe Biden will visit his Finnegan ancestor's hometown, Louth.

A professional photograph taken in Cootehill, County Cavan, is analyzed, providing clues from clothing and accessories hoping a McAdams family descendant can identify anyone in the large group.

Shauna Hicks begins a new series on researching Irish roots in Australia; this issue features Queensland. She recommends reading the overview of this area as provided at

Her article includes many online sources for information but concludes, "Not everything is online and there are lots of resources held in local communities." (Amen to that advice!)

An official from the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland provides a simple explanation of the geographical divisions in Northern Ireland when researching a family history.

And "The Genealogy Advisory Service in the National Library" article is sure to help anyone planning a visit there.

Events, classes, books and more make this 50-page publication an interesting and helpful magazine. It is noted that it is also "free to view on mobile or tablet devices."

Civil War reading

Tabor College (Hillsboro, Kan.) Professor Max R. Terman has written that a list of "The 25 Best Books For Studying the Civil War" can be found at

It should be noted that Terman's book, "Hiram's Honor: Reliving Private Terman's Civil War," is included in this list. Excerpts from this book can be read online at (Battle of Gettysburg) and (Anderson's Whirlpool of Death.)

A description: "Terman follows in the footsteps of his ancestor, a soldier who was captured at Gettysburg and held in Andersonville prison during the war. He visits the camps, prison, and battlegrounds, (and) writes as if he were Private Terman of the 82nd Ohio Infantry."

The website of The Cleveland Civil War Roundtable, which includes Terman's chapters on its website, also offers many links to Civil War articles and events at

New collaboration

Matthew Deighton of announced earlier this month, "an agreement with FamilySearch that is expected to make approximately 1 billion global historical records available online and more easily accessible to the public for the first time. ... (These two organizations) will work together with the archive community over the next five years to digitize, index and publish these records from the FamilySearch vault."

" expects to invest more than $60 million over the next five years (along with) thousands of hours of volunteer efforts facilitated by Family Search." "is the world's largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers."

FamilySearch, a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the largest genealogy organization in the world and has been gathering, preserving and sharing genealogical records worldwide for more than 100 years. Its materials are free online at or through more than 4,800 family history centers in 70 countries, including the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

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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