Genealogy Tips and Quips
In 2007 a twelve-day trip to Ireland—my ancestors’ homeland—turned out to be the most significant turning point in my life. I never dreamed when I embarked on my adventure it would lead to me becoming a genealogist, meeting dozens of Irish rellies, writing two fiction series set in Ireland, and buying a renovated 1887 schoolhouse in my Coffey ancestors’ townland.
Since that trip, I’ve researched hundreds of Irish and Scottish lines, including my maternal and paternal ones. I’ve also done extensive research in Canada, England, and the US. Besides conducting online research, I have visited numerous historical archives, traipsed through countless cemeteries (many now situated in sheep-filled fields), and located several family homesteads.
In 2018 I began writing a genealogy column for my monthly author newsletter about my personal research experiences. Because I was writing articles faster than I was publishing newsletters, I compiled them into a book. Genealogy Tips & Quips includes:
•twenty-five newsletter articles
•twenty-five brand-new articles
•a case study about how a paternal DNA test revealed
my family’s royal lineage and my quest to uncover our family secrets
•an extensive case study on tracing my most difficult family line
Be prepared for unexpected twists and turns as I share my mistakes, lessons learned, and tips for getting to the roots of your family tree!
Eliza Watson is a USA Today bestselling author, genealogist, and former event planner. Her genealogy adventures have inspired two fiction series set in Ireland, Scotland, and England. Eliza has researched hundreds of ancestry lines in these countries, including her own. She has solved several unknown parentage cases and is currently completing a certificate program in genetic genealogy. She writes a genealogy column for her monthly author newsletter and has contributed articles to several prestigious publications, including Crossroads (Utah Genealogical Association) and The Septs (Irish Genealogical Society International). When time permits, Eliza enjoys conducting author and ancestry presentations at cultural events.
Eliza fulfilled her dream of owning a home in Ireland when she and her husband bought a renovated 1887 schoolhouse in her Coffey ancestors' town in 2013. When she isn't tracing her ancestry roots through Ireland or Scotland, she's at home working on her next novel, bouncing ideas off her husband, Mark, and her cats, Frankie and Sammy.
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