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Biden Speaks About Irish-American Connections

Posted by Kristie Wells on June 24, 2016 in Celebrity, Ireland

The Vice President spent the fourth day of his trip in Dublin, addressing the people of Ireland. That begin with remarks to the graduating Class of 2016 in the Trinity College Public Theatre before touring the Trinity College Library with his family. Notably, he had a chance to see some of the original manuscripts of Read More

Who was Newt Knight of “Free State of Jones?”

Posted by Juliana Szucs on June 24, 2016 in Research

Today, the story of the Free State of Jones opens in theaters, starring Matthew McConaughey as Newton Knight. The movie focuses on an unusual piece of Civil War history. During the Civil War, Newt led a band of Southern farmers from the Piney Woods region of southeastern Mississippi, in a rebellion against the Confederacy. Newt further Read More

Biden Returns To Dublin and Visits Kilmainham Gaol

Posted by Kristie Wells on June 23, 2016 in Celebrity, Ireland

The Vice President woke in the land of his forefathers this morning — Ireland’s County Mayo. After playing a round of golf with Taoiseach Kenny, he departed County Mayo to return to Dublin. Next, accompanied by his family, he toured local Dublin sights that included Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison where many of those who participated Read More

Biden’s Ties to The Blewitts of County Mayo

Posted by Kristie Wells on June 22, 2016 in Celebrity, Ireland, Research

Joe Biden recently visited the town of Ballina in County Mayo, Ireland – the former home of his great-great-great grandfather Edward Blewitt and his wife, Mary. Edward had trained as an engineer with the Ordnance Survey, and was employed as an overseer for the Ballina union workhouse. Ciarán Reilly, a historian at Maynooth University, notes Blewitt “gave Read More

Joe Biden Visits County Mayo in Ireland

Posted by Kristie Wells on June 22, 2016 in Celebrity, Ireland

Welcome to Day Two of the Vice President’s trip through Ireland. The Vice President woke up in Dublin this morning, and began his day with a bilateral meeting with President Michael Higgins — during which they discussed topics ranging from women’s rights, reconciliation in Northern Ireland, and the vote in the United Kingdom on its Read More

2 Million People Strong

Posted by Anna Swayne on June 22, 2016 in AncestryDNA

We are excited to announce that AncestryDNA has just reached the 2-million-tested milestone. This is a first for any consumer genetic testing company. It was just a little over 11 months ago that we reached the 1 million mark, so the AncestryDNA database has doubled in just short of one year. We now have 2,000,000 Read More

Vice President Joe Biden Touches Down in Ireland

Posted by Kristie Wells on June 21, 2016 in Celebrity, Ireland

Today, the Vice President touches down in Ireland, the land of his ancestors, for his first official visit to the country as Vice President. Upon his arrival he, his family, and staff are greeted by Charles Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, on the tarmac at Dublin International before they load into the motorcade. From there, they Read More