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An Open Arms Embrace on Galway Bay

It was my client Patricia Lee’s cherished childhood memories of her Irish grandfather that led to her first visit to Ireland. Gramp, as she called him, was officially named Patrick Egan. In her memoirs, writing about her grandfather, she recounted, “I was eighteen when he...

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An Irish Mom’s Final Gift

As I closed the last cabinet door in my parents’ wall of bookshelves, I felt a deep sense of sadness. I had searched the whole house, hoping that I might find my mom’s life stories written down somewhere. Although I didn’t find what I was looking for, I discovered...

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Religion and Politics? Let’s Talk

Most people are told that it’s polite to avoid conversations about religion or politics, but those two hot topics can certainly be a big part of any personal history. Many people will say their lives were shaped by their religious experiences and their faith, and many will have favorite...

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Show & Tell and a Profound Lesson from a Young Boy

I recently took a great adventure: a solo, 5,000-mile cross-country road trip to visit cousins and other long-lost relatives for the purpose of creating my own family history video. While planning my road trip I reached out to various libraries, historical societies, and genealogical...

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