FC 91 Tracing Your Irish Ancestors with John Grenham

This week on Fieldstone Common our featured guest is John Grenham, the author of the book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors. The Northeast has the highest concentration of Irish ancestry in the United States and with the help of John and his book we are going to get you started digging into your past.

Bio – John Grenham

John Grenham writes the ‘Irish Roots’ column in The Irish Times and runs the Irish Times Irish Ancestors website. He is a fellow of The Irish Genealogical Research Society and The Genealogical Society of Ireland. John came to professional genealogy in 1981, as one Tracing Your Irish Ancestors with John Grenham on Fieldstone Commonof the panel of researchers in the Office of the Chief Herald of Ireland. As in-house researcher for that Office in 1990-91, he was instrumental in setting up the Consultation Service, the forerunner of the current Genealogical Advisory Services in the National Library and National Archives and was a founder member of The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland in 1986. Among his publications are Clans and Families of Ireland (1995), Generations (1996), ‘The Genealogical Office and its Records’ in The Genealogical Office (1999), Grenham’s Irish Recordfinder (CD-ROM) (1995-2006), Grenham’s Irish Surnames (CD-ROM, 2003) and numerous articles and columns in the UK magazine Your Family Tree. His website is www.johngrenham.com.

Book Summary

This new 4th edition of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors retains the familiar structure of previous editions but is now more useful than ever. Combining the key features of a textbook and a reference book, it describes the various steps in the research process while at the same time providing an indispensable body of source materials for immediate use.

The biggest change from previous editions is in its approach to the Internet. Online research is now an essential part of any Irish family history project, so the 4th edition serves as a directory to online records, discussing their uses and outlining research strategies. The sheer scale of the data available online makes a guide such as this all the more essential, and in the hands of a master it is indispensable.

Along with its step-by-step instructions in the location and use of traditional genealogical records, its discussion of civil records of birth, marriage, and death, as well as land records and wills, and list of Roman Catholic parish records and source lists, all expanded, updated, and indexed.

Publication InfoTracing Your Irish Ancestors with John Grenham on Fieldstone Common

Title: Tracing Your Irish Ancestors

Publisher: The Genealogical Publishing Company (2012)

Trade Paperback; 577 pages with  a bibliography, an index, and some maps and illustrations.

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

The Interview

In this interview John Grenham and I get into a discussion of Irish immigration to America from what caused the immigration to what happened after the Irish arrived. And of course we talk about genealogy, providing tips for those just getting started researching their Irish ancestry.  John will be coming to the United States in August for the Celtic Connections conference and in September for the IFEST event (see links below). This broadcast is packed with history, genealogy and great information!

Links mentioned during the interview:

Prize Winner

One copy of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors is given out to the Fieldstone Common audience courtesy of The Genealogical Publishing Company.

The winner is:

  • To be announced next week

Congratulations to our winner and thanks to The Genealogical Publishing Company for their generosity in donating the book!

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FC 75 Strong Boy with Christopher Klein

This week on Fieldstone Common our featured guest is Christopher Klein, author of the book Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America’s First Sports Hero.

Bio – Christopher Klein

Christopher Klein is a history and travel writer and the author of two previous books, Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores–which covers the rich history, recreational offerings, and heritage of each of the 34 islands that compose Strong Boy with Christopher Klein on Fieldstone Commonthe Boston Harbor Islands national park area–and The Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston.

A frequent contributor to The Boston Globe and History.com, he has also written for The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Harvard Magazine, Red Sox Magazine, ESPN.com, Smithsonian.com, and AmericanHeritage.com.

Christopher graduated summa cum laude and with honors from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He is a member of the Boston Authors Club and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

You can learn more about Christopher Klein at his author website, www.ChristopherKlein.com and at his book website, www.strongboybook.com.
You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Book Summary

“I can lick any son-of-a-b— in the world.”

So boasted John L. Sullivan, the first modern heavyweight boxing champion of the world, a John L. Sullivan (Library of Congress photo)man who was the gold standard of American sport for more than a decade, and the first athlete to earn more than a million dollars. He had a big ego, big mouth, and bigger appetites. His womanizing, drunken escapades, and chronic police-blotter presence were godsends to a burgeoning newspaper industry. The larger-than-life boxer embodied the American Dream for late nineteenth-century immigrants as he rose from Boston’s Irish working class to become the most recognizable man in the nation. In the process, the “Boston Strong Boy” transformed boxing from outlawed bare-knuckle fighting into the gloved spectacle we know today.

Strong Boy tells the story of America’s first sports superstar, a self-made man who personified the power and excesses of the Gilded Age. Everywhere John L. Sullivan went, his fists backed up his bravado. Sullivan’s epic brawls, such as his 75-round bout against Jake Kilrain, and his cross-country barnstorming tour in which he literally challenged all of America to a fight are recounted in vivid detail, as are his battles outside the ring with a troubled marriage, wild weight and fitness fluctuations, and raging alcoholism. Strong Boy gives readers ringside seats to the colorful tale of one of the country’s first Irish-American heroes and the birth of the American sports media and the country’s celebrity obsession with athletes.

Book InfoStrong Boy with Christopher Klein on Fieldstone Common

Title: Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America’s First Sports Hero

Publisher: Lyons Press (2013)

Hardcover; 353 pages with end notes, bibliography, an index and BxW photos.

Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America’s First Sports Hero is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

The Interview

In this interview Chris and I talk about John L. Sullivan the son of a humble Irish immigrant family who went on to achieve sports super stardom in the realm of boxing. The Irish had a difficult time, first with the famine in Ireland and then later with prejudice in America. John L. Sullivan had a fighting aptitude for boxing at a time when the rules of boxing were changing.  Gone were the rules that allowed for barefisted fighting, hair pulling and wrestling. These were replaced with more civilized rules including the use of gloves and three-minute rounds.  With fame also came alcoholism and other vices for John L. Sullivan. Surprisingly after his retirement from boxing Sullivan continued to be a sought after star in the theatre and other areas.  In 1905 he gave up drinking and embraced the temperance movement.  Author Christoper Klein regards John L. Sullivan as America’s First Sports Hero.

Prize Winners

One copy of Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America’s First Sports Hero was given out to the Fieldstone Common audience courtesy of Lyons Press.

The winner is: :

  • Bruce Longley of New York
  • Margaret Sullivan of Massachusetts

Congratulations to our winner and thanks to Lyons Press for their generosity in donating the book!

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Show Notes: The Philadelphia Nativists Riots with Kenneth Milano

The Philadelphia Nativist Riots with Kenneth Milano on Fieldstone CommonHere are some items that were mentioned during the 19 September 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Kenneth W. Milano about his book The Philadelphia Nativist Riots: Irish Kensington.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

The Philadelphia Nativist Riots, published by the History Press, is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

Kenneth W, MilanoThe Nativists were an anti-immigrant group in mid 19th-century America who particularly channeled their hostility against Irish Catholic immigrants. In Philadelphia in 1844 that hostility erupted into a 3 day riot in the Kensington section of the city.

You can learn more about Ken at his website.

Kenneth Milano has written six books including:

In addition to being an author, Ken Milano is also a professional genealogist who focuses on Philadelphia. If you have ancestors from the Philadelphia area you can contact Ken for more information from his website.

The History Press, the publisher of all of Ken’s books, donated two copies of The Philadelphia Nativist Riots which were provided as giveaways during the live show to listeners in Michigan and New Hampshire. A big thank you to the History Press for their generosity.

 

The Philadelphia Nativist Riots with Kenneth Milano

The Philadelphia Nativist Riots with Kenneth Milano on Fieldstone CommonLIVE: THURSDAY, 19 September 2013 at 1:00pm EDT

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Kenneth Milano, author of The Philadelphia Nativist Riots.

The outskirts of Philadelphia seethed with tension in the spring of 1844. By May 6, the situation between the newly arrived Irish Catholics and members of the anti-immigrant Nativist Party took an explosively violent turn. When the Irish asked to have their children excused from reading the Protestant version of the Bible in local public schools, the nativists held a protest. The Irish pushed back. For three days, riots scorched the streets of Kensington. Though the immigrants first had the upper hand, the nativists soon put the community to the torch. Those who fled were shot. Two Catholic churches burned to the ground, along with several blocks of houses, stores, a nunnery and a Catholic school. Local historian Kenneth W. Milano traces this tumultuous history from the preceding hostilities through the bloody skirmishes and finally to the aftermath of arrests and trials. Discover a remarkably intimate and compelling view of the riots with stories of individuals on both sides of the conflict that rocked Kensington.

The Philadelphia Nativist Riots with Kenneth Milano on Fieldstone CommonKenneth W. Milano is a historical & genealogical researcher. He was born and raised in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Milano received his degree in History from Temple University. His 2006-2011 column “The Rest is History” is well remembered by readers of Star Newspapers. He is one of the founders of the Kensington History Project.

 

Show Notes – The 1919 Boston Police Strike

Here are some items that were mentioned during the 22 August 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with author James Redfearn where we discussed the the Boston Police Strike of 1919.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

James Redfearn is the author of the historical novel The Rising at Roxbury Crossing, The Rising at Roxbury Crossing by James Redfearnpublished by Olde Stoney Brook Publishing. It is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

You can learn more about Jim at his website or his Facebook page. He also has a page on Goodreads.com.

During the show we discussed the history of the 1919 strike. While the strike may have been local to Boston, the tensions that led up to it were national. This was a turbulent post-war time that included the rise of the labor movement, the women’s suffrage movement, The Red Scare, high unemployment and soldiers coming home to bleak job prospects.

The Boston Police were working extremely long hours, earning a wage that kept them in poverty, and had an outdated, bug-infested work environment. Add to the mix that much of the police force were Irish Catholics, many of them immigrants. There was great tension James Redfearnbetween them and upper class Boston Brahmin community which wanted to keep them from gaining power.

Jim discussed how he approached researching the historical event and then transformed it into a work of fiction.

Jim donated two copies of The Rising at Roxbury Crossing which were provided as giveaways during the live show to listeners both of whom were from Florida. A big thank you to Jim for his generosity.

The 1919 Boston Police Strike with James Redfearn

LIVE: THURSDAY, 22 August 2013 at 1:00pm EDT

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews author James Redfearn James Redfearnabout the 1919 Boston Police Strike.

Leading up to 1919 the Boston Police were working long hours for very little pay. In the post WWI era America was rocked by instability, the growth of the labor and suffrage movement and the Red Scare. The mostly Irish police force was at odds with the Brahmin state leaders. The showdown led to chaos on the streets of Boston and helped pave the way for Calvin Coolidge, then governor of Massachusetts, to the White House.

We’ll talk about how James Redfearn researched the historical event for use in his novel, The Rising and Roxbury Crossing.

James Redfearn, author of the Irish American historical saga, The Rising at Roxbury Crossing, has been an industrial-commercial photographer, a Massachusetts State The Rising at Roxbury Crossing by James RedfearnTrooper and an investigator for a Boston law firm. He graduated from Harvard University with an ALM in Literature and Creative Writing. His stories have been published in the University’s Charles River Review and the New England Writers Network. He was raised in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston and now resides with his wife, Gail, west of the city where he enjoys his four children and eight grandchildren.

In 1971, he began a twenty-one year career with the State Police, serving as a patrol officer, criminal investigator and academy instructor. He has lectured on investigative research methods at national Law Enforcement conferences.

Jim has also been an Assistant to the President of a Massachusetts health care system, an investigator for the Boston law firm, Choate, Hall & Stewart and an industrial-commercial photographer for Edgerton, Germeshausen & Grier, a company specializing in nuclear testing, marine studies and high-speed photography.

 

Show Notes: The North End with Alex Goldfeld

The North End with Alex R. Goldfeld on Feildstone CommonHere are some items that were mentioned during the 27 June 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Alex R. Goldfeld about his book The North End: A Brief History of Boston’s Oldest Neighborhood.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

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The North End, published by The History Press, is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

Alex Goldfeld is a public historian based in Boston, Massachusetts. You can learn more about Alex Goldfeld at his website. Alex is also the President and Historian of the North End Historical Society. They have a website and a Facebook page.

The North End covers nearly 400 years of history starting with the creation of the Puritan The North End by Alex R. Goldfeldsettlement in 1630 and progressing through the American Revolution and includes the impact of major ethnic groups such as African Americans and the Irish. Many critical events at the start of the American Revolution took place in the North End. Today the North End is known as an Italian neighborhood with many top notch Italian restaurants and numerous Saints Festivals during the summer months.

The History Press, the publisher of The North End, donated two copies of the book which were provided as giveaways during the live show to listeners in Arizona and New Hampshire. A big thank you to the The History Press for their generosity!

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Show Notes – Hidden History of the Boston Irish

ShowPhoto-Stevens-1Following are some items that were mentioned during the 21 March 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Peter F. Stevens, author of Hidden History of the Boston Irish: Little Known Tales from Ireland’s “Next Parish Over.”

The podcast of the interview is now available.

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Hidden History of the Boston Irish,
published by The History Press, is available for purchase from major books sellers online and off such as Amazon.com.

Other books by Peter Stevens include:

The History Press, the publisher of Hidden History of the Boston Irish: Little Known Tales from Ireland’s “Next Parish Over.”, donated two copies of the book that were given as “door prizes” during the live show to listeners in Michigan and Texas.  A big thank you to The History Press for  their generosity!

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Hidden History of the Boston Irish now a Podcast

PodcasticonbeDerickkwaThe most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring Peter F. Stevens, author of the book Hidden History of the Boston Irish: Little Known Tales from Ireland’s “Next Parish Over.” is now available as a podcast.

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Hidden History of the Boston Irish with Peter F. Stevens

LIVE: THURSDAY, 21 March 2013 at 1:00pm ESTShowPhoto-Stevens-1

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Peter F. Stevens, author of Hidden History of the Boston Irish.

When it comes to Irish America, certain names spring to mind Kennedy, O’Neill and Curley testify to the proverbial footsteps of the Gael in Boston. However, few people know of Sister Mary Anthony O’Connell, whose medical prowess carried her from the convent to the Civil War battlefields, earning her the nickname the Boston Irish Florence Nightingale, or of Barney McGinniskin, Boston’s first Irish cop, who proudly roared at every roll call, McGinniskin from the bogs of Ireland present! Along with acclaim or notoriety, many forgotten Irish Americans garnered numerous historical firsts. In Hidden History of the Boston Irish, Peter F. Stevens offers an entertaining and compelling portrait of the Irish immigrant saga and pays homage to the overlooked, yet significant, episodes of the Boston Irish experience.

ShowPhoto-Stevens-2Peter F. Stevens, news and features editor of the Boston Irish Reporter, is a veteran journalist with a specialty in historical writing. His work is syndicated by the New York Times and has been published in dozens of magazines and newspapers.

Stevens has published ten books, and is also a two-time winner of the International Regional Magazine Association’s Gold Medal for Feature Writing. His awarding winning book, The Voyage of the Catalpa: A Perilous Journey and Six Irish Rebels’ Escape to Freedom, was also the chief historical resource for the PBS documentary “Irish Escape.”