Monday, 3 February 2014

Searching for an Irish colleen - 1935 style!

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland ( has recently started to run a document of the month feature on its website. This month it is going with the Valentine's Day theme, and reporting a 1935 letter from Seattle to the Lord Mayor of Belfast, asking for advice on how to find an Irish colleen for a wife. The article can be read at

UPDATE: I asked the PRONI team if they could add a high res copy of the original document, and they've brilliantly complied - visit the link at the end of the story to see the original image ( with thanks to PRONI)


My latest genealogy books are Tracing Your Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, and Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet. My next Pharos course is Scottish Research Online, which commences Feb 27th 2014, 5 weeks, price £45.99.

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