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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Small-leaved Shamrock celebrates Family Tree Magazine's top 40

Go raibh maith agaibh!

A heartfelt thanks (in Irish Gaelic) to all of you for a great honor.  Small-leaved Shamrock, humble birthplace of the Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture, is proud to reside within Family Tree Magazine's top 5 heritage blogs - a small contingent among their "Fab Forty": Family Tree Magazine's 40 Best Genealogy Blogs (which includes some of my very favorites!).

Maureen Taylor wrote the magazine's announcement and said kindly about Small-leaved Shamrock:
"A lovely photo of the Irish countryside hooks you the moment you land on this blog. The blogger—a self-described Hungarian / Croatian / Irish-ancestored woman named Lisa—offers research tips and compelling stories of Irish life. The Small-leaved Shamrock is home to the Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture: Lisa’s links to participants’ posts."

Thank you to Diane Haddad, Maureen Taylor, and all of the Family Tree Magazine staff for the honor; Jordan McClements for the use of his beautiful photograph of the Irish countryside; my creative daughter for the Top 40 logo above; and you, my faithful readers, who placed your vote for Small-leaved Shamrock or have supported this blog in other ways.  I consider you part of my Irish clan! (Although I can't find a way to fit all of you into the pedigree chart.)

When the idea for this blog took root almost three years ago, I had the intent to connect my extended family and help them to rediscover their Irish ancestry. I had no idea where else the journey might take me.  Along the way I have discovered an even deeper appreciation of my heritage, a new collection of friends in genealogy along with some newfound cousins, and some accolades from readers and fans: including this very special recognition from one of my absolute favorite magazines
"From quiet homes and first beginning,
Out to the undiscovered ends,
There's nothing worth the wear of winning,
But laughter and the love of friends."

~ Hilaire Belloc, from "Dedicatory Ode," Verses (1910)

Thanks for visiting this little Irish corner of the web.  Don't forget to join us for the upcoming online St. Patrick's Day parade, whether you have Irish heritage or not.  The deadline to submit your entry is Sunday, March 14.

Please take the time to read Family Tree Magazine's May 2010 issue highlighting the top 40 genealogy blogs.  The list includes some of my very favorites (although many others that I enjoy didn't get a mention this time):

Genetic Genealogy
Local and Regional
News and Resources
Photos and Heirlooms
Personal and Family
Blogs mentioned by Family Tree Magazine in addition to their top 40:

The Chart Chick
Elyse’s Genealogy Blog
Everything’s Relative 
Finding the Flock 
The Genealogue
Olive Tree Genealogy Blog
Polly’s Granddaughter
Renee’s Genealogy Blog
Seeking Michigan
Think Genealogy


    John said...

    Lisa, Congratulations! I've enjoyed reading your blog!

    Donna - What's Past is Prologue said...

    Congrats, Lisa! The honor is well deserved.

    Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

    Congratulations, Lisa, on being named one of the 2010 Family Tree Magazine 40 Best Genealogy Blogs!

    Bill ;-)

    Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

    Apple said...

    Congratulations Lisa! It's due to your prompting that I'm looking more at my paternal Irish roots.

    Cheryl Fleming Palmer said...

    Congratulations Lisa! You have done wonderful work and have a great blog!

    Dorene from Ohio said...

    So glad you are in the top 40!! You deserve it!

    Vickie Everhart said...

    Congratulations, Lisa . . . I do enjoy your blog . . . even though my nearest Irish connections appear to be almost 200 years ago . . . they are still there!

    Kathryn Doyle said...

    Congratulations! Love your blogs. One of these days I really AM going to start a personal gen blog so I can participate in some of your carnivals. We share Irish roots transplanted to Pennsylvania (although mine were in western PA.)

    Family Curator said...

    Congratulations, Lisa, on a well-deserved honor. It is always a beautiful treat to see what's new on your blog.


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