Biden’s Ties to The Blewitts of County Mayo

Posted by Kristie Wells on June 22, 2016 in Entertainment, 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 Entertainment, 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

Vice President Joe Biden Touches Down in Ireland

Posted by Kristie Wells on June 21, 2016 in Entertainment, 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

It’s All in The Family – Thomas Mulclair Related to Justin Trudeau and Gilles Duceppe

Posted by Bryony Partridge on October 10, 2015 in Canada, Entertainment

With less than three weeks until election day and recent polls showing a tight three-way race between the Liberals, Conservatives and NDP, new research reveals that some parties’ leaders may be more historically aligned than previously thought. NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is related to both Liberal leader Justin Trudeau – the two are 9th cousins Read More

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Finding Ancestors Who Don’t Want to Be Found with Bryan Cranston

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 23, 2015 in Entertainment, Who Do You Think You Are?

A frustrating occurrence in many genealogical research projects is when an ancestor disappears entirely from the records. You have a great line of sources proving your conclusions back to the 1800s, but there’s one person who is holding you back. Maybe he ran away from his family to start a new life or find adventure. Read More

Americans Desire Explorers, Royalty, Mayflower Descendants and Military Heroes in Their Family Tree

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 14, 2015 in Entertainment, Research

When researching their family history, Americans prefer to find ancestors who were explorers, royalty, Mayflower descendants, and veterans of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. However, despite such aspirational wishes, Americans more often descend from World War II veterans, immigrants, and entrepreneurs and businessmen. The new findings are part of the second chapter in its Global Read More

Celebrities Face the Reality of Victorian Life. Episode three of 24 Hours in The Past airs Tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on May 12, 2015 in 24 Hours In The Past, Entertainment, United Kingdom

  The celebrities are quickly discovering that working in Victorian Britain is not for the faint of heart. Their third 24 hours finds them facing the grueling inequality of the factories that were the powerhouses of the industrial revolution.     Amidst the bottle kilns of the Staffordshire potteries, it’s not just the machinery that’s Read More