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Michael Brown
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IRELAND MAPS Wow, where does time go? Exactly a year since my first blog post, and not a whole lot of posts in between, besides my best intentions... Well a short one is in order... I love maps, especially old maps, and the ones that contain old place names...

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Indenture - Peter Hastings - 1856
Over the years I've attempted to follow the family of Michael Hastings and Sarah Stewart from their beginnings in Ireland to their final resting place in Missouri. The exact location in County Mayo, Ireland hasn't been fully fleshed out yet, nor the full nu...

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Gavin Families of Lafayette County
In my attempt to tie families back to my Hughes & Hastings I came across a baptism for one of the children of James & Sarah (Hastings) Hughes (with my comments on possible connections): Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lexington, Missouri Baptismal: O...

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Michael Hastings Naturalization
As anyone that has done research for early 19th century naturalization records, they can be a frustrating search. They are rare finds, and when you do find them, they can be very pro-forma that don't provide much in the way of details. It was a two step pro...

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Putting it into Perspective - Irish, British, Famine and Immigration
To expand a little on what I posted before, for a lengthier history
lesson, it's instructive to put the magnitude of the Famine into perspective. Ireland had
been basically enslaved by the British, as the colonizing force, for 700 years
(since ~1160). Land ...

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