Joe Everett is a genealogy librarian at FamilySearch, responsible for patron services in international branches of the Family History Library. Joe was previously the head of International Reference at the Family History Library and a technical services librarian, cataloging Slavic and Germanic records. He also spent several years as content manager at Ancestry.com. Joe earned a B.A. in Russian Language and Family History/Genealogy (Germanic emphasis) from Brigham Young University and a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University (Kansas). He has been active in library and genealogical associations and has lectured and published articles Central & East European research.

16 May 2011

Irish Connection

I'm very excited to find that I have an Irish connection!  In all my 20 years of doing research on my family history, I had not come across it until now, and am surprised to find that it is not very far back: a 4th Great-Grandmother on my father's, father's side.  I had simply never focused on that line before.  Her name was Eliza Reed and she was born in Carlingford, County Louth, a coastal town in the northeast in 1804.  In 1825, she married an English sailor, James Marchbanks, who was born in Plymouth, Devon.  As he was a mariner (for a time, even a chief boatman in the coast guard), they traveled a lot.  Their children were born in Hampshire, Essex, the Isle of Jersey, and Sussex, before they finally settled in London.  Adding Irish completes my British Isles heritage, which also includes multiple lines of Scottish, Welsh, and of course, English. I'm proud to say that I am 1/64th Irish!

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