Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy Saint Patrick's Day 2014: Music and a Flashback to 2013's Genealogy Post

Emblem of the Ancient Order of Hibernians
Éirinn go Brách!  Happy Saint Patrick's Day!  As an American with Irish Catholic and Scot-Irish Protestant ancestors I look back on today on all the hard work all my family has done to make it in America.

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day I've decided to celebrate both the St. Patrick's mission of spreading Christianity and the Irish-American experience in music.

First, the ancient Irish hymn Ag Criost an Siol which means Christ is the Seed.

To celebrate all Irish in America I have chosen the Appalachian Scotch-Irish song Loving Hannah.  Ulster-Scots were monumental in forming the United States with a pioneering race that left its deepest lasting mark in Appalachia.

From the 2013 post

As always, I am using Saint Patrick's Day to share some genealogical tools one can use.  The Irish Times newspaper has a searchable surname mapper available.  There is also a searchable version of the below ESRI map available here.

Click for a larger version.  For full downloadable version (30+ MBs) click here.  From ESRI
For those with Scot-Irish roots via Ulster, Ancestry Ireland has a Scots in Ulster page where one can search surnames and historical information.  They also have this map of Scottish landlords in old Ireland.

Click to Enlarge.  From Ancestry Ireland

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