Monday, August 31, 2009

September 10th Library of Michigan Rally !!!

We need everybody on September 10th. to assemble on the steps and lawn of the State Capitol to protest the governors attempt to close the Library of Michigan. The Library of Michigan is the 10th largest repository of genealogical records in the USA (if not the world) and the governor of Michigan (who "does not" have roots in Michigan)is attempting to shut it down.

Let's make our voices heard - make signs and wear red it's our last chance to prevent this catastrophe from taking place.

For a video of the last rally go to:

See everyone there !!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Press Release - New Genealogy Site Launched


P.O. Box 7746, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Contact: David E. Irwin, President
Phone: (248) 481-8214


August 14, 2009 – Bloomfield Hills, MI – ( went live on August 1st. and provides professional genealogy research services and unique genealogy products. It is based in Oakland County, Michigan and specializes in providing on-site record search services in the Great Lakes Area (ie: Michigan, SW Ontario, NW Ohio, NE Indiana) as well as record look-up services for the United States, Canada and the British Isles.
President, David E. Irwin is a professional genealogist who has researched his own family tree for 32 years and has assisted many others with documenting and building their own family trees. David says “there is a need for an easy to use genealogy website on the internet that not only provides professional research assistance but also unique genealogy products such as customized family tree wall charts and assistance for those seeking photographs of their ancestors hometowns, churches, headstones and schools.

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(continued) also brings value to the online genealogy community with a free surname history search option located on the homepage just below the left page menu. There are over 1,000,000 surname histories available - courtesy of affiliate partner House of Names - complete with family crests and other heraldry products.
In addition, is developing an online blog which will also be on the website entitled Genealogy Mysteries Solved which will have a series of on-going articles dealing with all of the roadblocks family historians face while tracing their family tree and useful sites that can provide missing information needed for documenting the lives of their ancestors.
There will also be a genealogy store featuring books, software, DVD’s, etc. with links directly to
Irwin is adding new information daily and promises more useful links on area history, published genealogies as well as immigrant group information is on the way. He already boasts steady site traffic and requests for research services and genealogy products. provides professional research services and genealogy products for family historians. For more information, visit

Tuesday, August 11, 2009



I had tried for years to locate the ship passenger record of my great grandfather Irwin who had left Ireland for America in 1882. This quest remained only a dream, one of those genealogy mysteries that seemingly could never be solved. I had researched every genealogy site that offered ship passenger records to no avail and my frustration was beginning to grow with each dollar I spent on the numerous paid site services.

Many of you are probably well aware of all the press coverage of Ellis Island and the numerous immigrants who first came to America through this port of disembarkation. Ellis Island first opened in 1892 which was ten years after my great grandfather first stepped foot in America. What was his story and the port on which he landed and disembarked? The press in America seem to have forgotten about Castle Garden which first started out as a fort, then a concert hall and finally the reception center for immigrants from 1856 until Ellis Island opened in 1892. It was the main port of disembarkation for the bulk of America's Irish immigrants including my great grandfather.

Lucky for me and millions of others whose ancestors arrived prior to 1892 there is now a free site dedicated to those immigrants who first arrived in America via Castle Garden. Genealogists and others can now locate their ancestor's records at

Not only was I able to locate my great grandfather's date of arrival which was 6 April 1882 but I was also able to locate the name of the ship which was the Parthia. In short order I was holding a piece of history in my hands as another one of my genealogy mysteries was solved.

For more useful information in solving your genealogy mysteries go to

Article Source: Irwin