You May Be Irish If….

Irish pub

 

The Top Ten Ways to tell if you’re Irish:

1. You have the ‘gift of gab’. There is an ancient rock near Cork, Ireland at Blarney Castle and they say that anyone who kisses the stone will have the gift of gab. If you are truly of Irish descent, then there’s likely no pressing need to make the journey, as you surely already possess the talent of talking rings around most other people.

2. You are musical. Maybe you play an instrument or perhaps you just sing in the shower, but the gift of music is in your Irish blood and you will not be able to resist tapping your toe or strumming your fingers on the table when someone gets their fiddle out and plays a tune.

3. You have strong convictions. Whether the topic is religion, politics or your favourite sports team there will be no point in challenging your beliefs which you hold dearly, and you will argue about these beliefs passionately and convincingly.

4. You have a gift for writing and story-telling. You will be the one at the pub or social gathering that will keep the crowd entertained with your vivid and colourful tales. There may even be a bit of exaggeration thrown in for good measure, but it just makes your story all the more interesting.

5. You’ve got lovely skin and pleasing features. You may have porcelain, pale skin, or you may have freckles that outnumber the days of the year, but your features will be pleasantly proportioned and your eyes bright, with a genuine smile that lights up your face.

6. Your dinner is not complete without some spuds at the table. Whether it’s home-fries for breakfast, French fries for lunch, or baked, mashed or boiled for supper, the humble potato is a regular, healthy staple in your diet and you wouldn’t think of going a day without it.

7. You will likely have a few Irish names in your family tree because people of Irish descent are proud of their heritage and often pass down the names of their ancestors: Sean, Shane, Annie, Maggie, Michael, Patrick, Francis, Kelly, Bridget, Daniel, Aiden, Liam, Eileen, Irene, Brian, Barry, Collin, Ryan, Katie, Thomas, Matthew, Molly, William, Robert, Mark, Elizabeth, Peter, Sinead, Eva, Fay, Julia and so on…

8. You are better at swearing than most people. Partly because of your natural gift of gab and partly because of your quick wit, the swear-words seem to roll freely off of your tongue. You have even been known to make up your own, or stick a word in the middle for good measure, like “abso-bleedin’-lutely”.

9. Nothing brings out your poetic nature, natural ability to talk non-stop, or your talent for swearing like a few pints at the pub. A drink or two or three tends to make your exaggerations a bit more colourful, your storytelling even more fascinating, and your talent for music and dancing shines even brighter.

10. You are loyal. Your strong convictions and unshakeable beliefs are the most visible when it comes to your family and friends. If someone insults your friend then they’ve likely got a fight on their hands that they won’t win. If someone says something unkind about your family then they will have a nasty surprise coming to them that they didn’t bargain for. You are fiercely loyal to all you hold dear.

So, what are the Irish really like? Perhaps the best description comes from the popular historian, Carl Wittke:

“The so-called Irish temperament is a mixture of flaming ego, hot temper, stubbornness, great personal charm and warmth, and a wit that shines through adversity. An irrepressible buoyancy, a vivacious spirit, a kindliness and tolerance for the common frailties of man and a feeling that ‘it is time enough to bid the devil good morning when you meet him’ are character traits which North Americans have associated with their Irish neighbors for more than a century.”

Whether you are of Irish descent or merely admire this nation known for its great writers, poets and story-tellers, I will leave you with a traditional Irish blessing and hope that you have the ‘luck o’ the Irish’ wherever life takes you! Sláinte (cheers!)

An Old Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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Free Online Searchable World Census Records – Find Your Ancestor

Mary Rutherford 1940 census 2

Mary Rutherford census 1940

Census records give a snapshot of who your ancestors were and how your ancestor lived. Census records are a government sponsored enumeration or counting of the population of a given area. These records will contain names of the heads of household or often all household members, their ages, citizenship status, and ethnic background. Some census records will state the religion of the individual and may also list their country of origin. In some countries a census will also contain agricultural records, so if your ancestor was a farmer it may list the type and number of farm animals as well as the type and number of bushels of crops produced on their farm during the year.

There are a vast number of online records available from around the world. Many are free, some offer free searches with the option to pay a small fee to view and download the original record. If you are confident that the person in the record is your ancestor, it may be worth the small fee to see the entire record. It will certainly cost less than a trip back to your ancestor’s homeland! Regardless of whether you choose the free census websites, or choose the pay-per-download, you can still gather a wealth of information from around the world with the records available today online.

Shown, in the images above this article are partial census listings from the 1940 U.S. census. In the first image is Mary Rutherford, my great-grandmother, born in 1853, age 87 in 1940 living in Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, New York. Mary’s listing was at the bottom of the page. At the top of the next page, the next image above shows her youngest daughter, Nellie Rutherford, age 42, born 1898, and on the line below Avis Exelby, age 21, their servant.

I invite you to click on the ‘Comment’ field at the end of the article and share your successes and online census records not listed that you have found helpful.

As always, good luck with your search!
Arlene Stafford-Wilson
http://www.staffordwilson.com

Canada

http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/

This 1901 Census of Canada features over 5,000,000 lines transcribed by volunteers.
This contains an index to every name in the 1901 Census of Canada including personal data , links to images of the original census pages, and other links including census records from other years, birth, marriage, death, and other related records.

1911 Census of Canada
Includes over 7,000,000 lines transcribed of every member of the household with links to images of original records.
http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/

United States

U.S. searchable census records – 1790-1940
http://www.censusrecords.com/content/1910_Census

U.S. census tips and records:
http://www.archives.gov/research/census/1850-1930.html

Online, searchable – 1940 Census U.S
http://1940census.archives.gov/

African Americans census tips and records:
http://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/

Native Americans census tips and records:
http://www.archives.gov/research/census/native-americans/1885-1940.html

Scotland

http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/

Ireland

http://www.nationalarchives.ie/search-the-archives/

Another excellent Irish database website, however there are fees to view records: https://rootsireland.ie/

England and Wales 1841 – 1911

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/census-records.htm
and
http://www.ukcensusonline.com/

Holland/Netherlands

http://www.dutchgenealogy.nl/population-registers/

Italy

http://www.italygen.com/italiangenealogicalrecords/censuses.php

Germany

http://www.germanroots.com/germandata.html

Poland

http://search.ancestry.com/oldsearch/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=1652381&p=5183

Australia

http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/

South Africa

http://www.southafricanfamilyhistory.com/birth-marriage-and-death-records/

Caribbean

https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1804229

New Zealand

http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/search/site/census

Bulgaria

http://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Bulgaria_Census

Austria

http://www.feefhs.org/links/austria.html

Russia

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ruswgw/links.html

Croatia

http://www.feefhs.org/links/croatia.html

Denmark

http://www.sa.dk/content/us/genealogy/basic_records/census_lists

Sweden

http://www.genline.com/

Norway
http://www.rhd.uit.no/folketellinger/folketellinger_avansert_e.aspx

South America

http://www.genealogyintime.com/GenealogyResources/Country/South%20America/most_recent_genealogy_records_South_America.html

Africa

http://ecastats.uneca.org/aicmd/

Spain

http://www.ine.es/welcoing.htm

Greece

http://www.statistics.gr/portal/page/portal/ESYE

For more Genealogy tips and tricks:

https://arlenestaffordwilson.wordpress.com/category/genealogy-tips-help-links/
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