Veil of Silence was honored by the Illinois Women’s Press Association (IWPA) with a 2021 Book Award in the Autobiography or Memoir category. Observations included ”Extraordinarily honest and thought-provoking ….” Thank you, IWPA!
My first trip to Ireland connected me to the island, home of my ancestors. Connected me in a such a way that it changed my view on family, offering glimpses into their unhappiness. How did their suffering become ours? Growing up, I remember my mother honoring the patron saint of Ireland every St. Patrick’s Day […]
The excitement of possessing an Irish passport can be the reward of all your hard work in locating Irish documents. All you need to qualify is to have proof of one Irish born grandparent. You’ll need to provide the Irish government with your grandparent’s civil birth certificate. It’s a huge document that contains a wealth […]
It can begin as a casual look through the Ellis Island ship records, a phone call to an elderly family member, or combing through family albums/bibles/old letters for names and dates. If this all pans out and you feel you’ve gathered enough information on ancestors’ surnames, Irish counties, townlands, Catholic parishes, etc., you’re ready to […]