I’m going to Ireland! and genealogy project notes

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Irish people originally faced some discrimination here in America some 200 years ago, so I find it pretty awesome that being Irish is now something to celebrate (though it likely has something to do with the drinking…).

I am a typical European mutt when it comes to my heritage, though it’s obvious from looking at my red hair that I have a good chunk of Irish blood in me.  That comes from my mother’s side: of my mother’s great-grandparents, 2 were Swiss-German, 2 were Irish, and 4 were born in the US.  Of those 4 Americans, their parents included 7 Irish people and 1 German.

My most "recent" Irish ancestors, John Garrity and Bridget Murray.  They came over in the early 1880s (probably too late to be a result of the Great Famine),
My most “recent” Irish ancestors, John Garrity and Bridget Murray. They came over in the early 1880s (probably too late to be a direct result of the Great Famine),

SO!  For those who don’t like to do math, I will tell you that I am 34.375% Irish…let’s call it one-third.  My mother is about two-thirds Irish.

I know all this because we recently started a family genealogy project using the free 2-week trial at ancestry.com.  My mom and I are planning a trip to Ireland this summer and wanted to know more about where our ancestors came from.  Hopefully I will soon have more details about both my family history and what we’ll be doing on our trip.

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Warm butterbeer is the ONLY butterbeer

No post last week because I was on vacation!  Hence why I am just now liking all your posts from 1-2 weeks ago.

B and I went to Universal and Disney in lovely 65-degree Orlando.  I spent more than a decade of my childhood in central Florida, so I’ve been to Disney many many times, but strangely never once to Universal.  With the opening of the 2nd Harry Potter area, I figured it was about time.

We spent 3 days at the Universal parks, mostly in the Harry Potter areas.  Islands of Adventure has a Hogsmeade area, and Universal Studios has the new Diagon Alley.  There’s even a train ride between them (with a slight chance of dementor attacks).

BEST: Warm butterbeer, which you can only get in winter, is fabulous.  Regular butterbeer is kinda too sticky-sweet, but the warm stuff…mmmmm.  Also good: butterbeer icecream.

WORST: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (the ride inside Hogwarts Castle) is the most nauseating ride I have ever been on, and I’ve ridden every coaster at Cedar Point.  Take some Dramamine.

Also great: tons of Harry Potter merch to buy.  House robes cost over $100, so I settled for a Ravenclaw T-shirt and “official” scarf.  We also bought an awesome afghan with the Hogwarts crest.