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1001, 2017

125th Anniversary of Annie Moore and Ellis Island

By |January 10th, 2017|Featured, History, Human Interest, Immigration|0 Comments

On January 1, 1892, 17-year-old Annie Moore from Cork, Ireland became the first immigrant to ever arrive at Ellis Island, so both Annie and Ellis Island celebrated their 125th anniversary on January 1, 2017. Now is an especially relevant time to reflect on the Annie Moores in our own family trees – those pioneers who made a leap that so drastically altered the trajectories of their descendants’ lives for the better.

2706, 2016

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Revolutionary Ancestors

By |June 27th, 2016|Celebrities, Family History, Featured, History, Human Interest|12 Comments

In climbing the branches of Lin-Manuel Miranda's family tree, I found myself following the trail of an early nineteenth century, interracial love story, peppered by war and rebellion, all interwoven with a decades-long struggle to outrun slavery that began in Virginia and ultimately unfolded under a handful of flags even though most of it occurred in one place – Nacogdoches.

1406, 2016

Joey From Scranton – Vice President Biden’s Irish Roots

By |June 14th, 2016|Celebrities, Family History, Featured, Human Interest, Immigration, Research|0 Comments

Given Vice President Biden's forthcoming trip to Ireland to explore his roots, I thought this would be a good time to re-share an article I'd previously written about his ancestry. Enjoy!

806, 2015

WWI Hero Sgt. Henry Johnson Receives Long Overdue Medal of Honor

By |June 8th, 2015|Celebrities, Featured, History, Military, Research|2 Comments

Almost a century after their service, Sgt. Henry Johnson* and Sgt. William Shemin were finally awarded the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony for their heroics in World War I. As the genealogist who had the privilege of researching both of these Medal of Honor cases for the Army, I had the opportunity to seek out and steep myself in more than 1,300 pages of Sgt. Johnson's paper trail, so I'd like to clarify some misconceptions.