Rosie O’donnell – Who do you think you are???

Tonight’s program “Who do you think you are?” told Rosie O’Donnell’s family’s story. Soon after she began her journey O’donnell discovered her roots traced back to County Kildare, Ireland. Since I was born there and still have family there I found her journey most interesting. Tonight I learned some history regarding the perils of Ireland’s people as well as some additional research tips.

I was aware millions of people left Ireland due to the potato famine, but, I never understood how devastating it actually was to so many families and the many children who lost their life due to no potatoes/food. I had absolutely no idea what a poor house was or that it even existed. The living conditions were absolutely horrific.
While researching my family I always new to use census, birth and death certificates, baptismal records, wills, and tax bills. However, I never thought to use obituaries as an aid in my research. Which is odd since I use them in my heritage scrap books. In the future I’ll look in the newspaper’s archives to see if I can find some information regarding family members whose records have been lost or destroyed both here and in Ireland.

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Grandee… that’s me Family is first and foremost to me. My husband and I are blessed with two children and their wonderful spouses who have given us five wonderful grand children. Hence my name “Grandee”… given to me by our daughter's first child.
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