16    Mar 20160 comments

Do You Have the Luck of the Irish?

Most of us are familiar with the popular expression, "the luck of the Irish." With St. Patrick's day approaching, we thought we'd do some research on what it is about the Irish that supposedly makes them so lucky.

As a people, the Irish have a history full of many ups and downs, with some instances of extreme "unluckiness," times of sadness, famine and war. Perhaps the term was used ironically, to poke fun at the troubles they have faced throughout history? Continue reading "Do You Have the Luck of the Irish?" »

17    Mar 20152 comments

St. Patrick’s Day: Fun facts you never knew

With a huge migrant history, millions of people living around the world have Irish roots. Holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day often spur an interest in family heritage and learning more about those ancestors.

In the U.S. alone, there are over 36 million people with Irish ancestry, more than eight times the population of Ireland! Millions in Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada also have Irish roots, and there are significant Irish diaspora communities in Mexico, Argentina and the Caribbean!

In the past, we’ve provided tips for getting started in Irish family history research. This St. Patrick’s Day, we share some fun facts about the day. Enjoy! Continue reading "St. Patrick’s Day: Fun facts you never knew" »

14    Mar 20143 comments

St. Patrick’s Day: Free access to Irish record collection

A map of Ireland, c1790

St. Patrick's Day, commemorating the life and work of Ireland's patron saint, is a day full of wonderful and joyous celebrations. This year it is celebrated on Monday, March 17.

In honor of the day, we are happy to give you free access - through March 17 - to a special collection of passengers arriving in New York from Ireland from 1846-1851.

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29    Mar 20133 comments

Surname of the week: MURPHY

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day (two weeks ago), we look at Irish heritage for this week's surname, MURPHY, considered the most common surname in Ireland.

Murphy is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ó Murchadha (descendant of Murchadh’), a personal name composed of muir (sea) + cath (battle or sea-warrior).

Traditionally, Irish surnames are taken from the leaders of tribes or famous warriors, and Murphy may be an example of this from pre-9th-century Ireland, then under Viking rule.

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4    Mar 20110 comments

Journey Back in Time: Edible Traditions

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In this week's Journey Back in Time we're spotlighting edible traditions. Food has long been a family affair, with some recipes passed down for over four generations! And while many family recipes are kept a secret, we were hoping to find a few members out there willing to share their delicious dishes with the MyHeritage.com community.

Have an Irish grandma? Then maybe she made you shepherd's pie or cabbage and ham for St. Patricks's Day. We would love to hear your modern spins on your family's old Irish recipes!

Have an Italian grandma? Then you might have talked a lot about food growing up! Depending on the region of your family, she might have made you homemade pasta - fettucine, cappelini and pappardelli or Suppli (fried rice balls) - 'white' mixed with cheese, saffron, nutmeg, or 'red' with bolognese.

Have a German grandma? Maybe you grew up eating homemade Bratwurst with potatoes and SauerKraut.

Have a Mexican grandma? Maybe you and your family gathered around the kitchen to watch her make Puebla-style chicken in mole poblano.

It's so nice to know edible traditions are being carried on through the generations. Will you share yours in the comments?

Happy Friday!

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