The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 24, 2013

‘Irish Lives Remembered’ now online


The February issue (No. 9) of “Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy Magazine” is now available to read (or download in PDF format) at Click on the cover page of this issue (or any previous issue, back to June 2012) to access this beautiful (and free) magazine.

The current 72-page issue devotes 28 pages to Waterford County genealogical research and also includes several interesting articles and special events being planned. For example, a “West Cork homecoming” for the Sullivan and O’Leary families is scheduled for June 15 in Bantry, County Cork. The TV series, “Dead Money” has been nominated for an award; six episodes are previewed in which a search is made for next-of-kin to unclaimed estates. There is a story of a Mayo boy, an Irish-speaking teenager, Patrick Flannery/Flannelly, who was an orphan in quarantine at Grosse-Ile, Quebec, in 1847 after his parents had died en route from Ireland.

Full-color illustrations and advertisements, and links to other websites for further research, help to make this a publication a “must-read” for anyone interested in Ireland and/or Irish research.

Virginia research

Anyone whose ancestors lived in or came from Virginia will be pleased to read/download the helpful Virginia Genealogy guide, available at This guide provides many links to online resources (databases, digital books, community networking sites, and Virginia genealogy finding aids), manuscript collections, published collections, indexes, and guides, and popular Virginia genealogies. There is an interesting chart, Pronunciation of Virginia Surnames, which illustrates how several surnames are “spelled” and “called.” (For example, a name spelled Armistead could be called Umstead; and Goodrich could be called Gutridge.)

The homepage provides links to each of Virginia’s counties so that in-depth study at that local level can be achieved.

It was recently announced that FamilySearch has partnered with World Connect, which has more than 12 million Virginia entries taken from family trees that had been submitted to that database. What better way to determine if somebody else has been researching a surname that interests you! That link might be your “key” to ancestral information. (Keep in mind that such transcribed data may have errors; nevertheless, clues in such data can provide leads to further research.)

Civil War sites

The Civil War Trust (at protected 3,735 acres of Civil War battlefields in 2012 — its 25th anniversary year. In 2013 this organization is hoping to save a crucial part of Gettysburg — 112 acres. And for every $1 donated, matching funds of $3.19 have been committed. “Misguided casino developers” are expected to try, for the third time, to build a gambling parlor there. Visit this website to learn more, and possibly donate to save this “hallowed ground.”


Q-4283: Seek info parents, death date, burial of Joseph FLEEHARTY/FLAHERTY. Was living with John & Cynthia HAMELTON, Harter, Clay Co, IL 1870 census. Also Greenberry FLEEHARTY/FLAHERTY who married Nancy LAMBERT 1901 Success, Arkansas.


Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing