What is Genealogy?
1: an account of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or from older forms; 2: regular descent of a person, family, or group of organisms from a progenitor (see PROGENITOR sense 1 ) or older form : PEDIGREE ; 3: the study of family ancestral lines; 4: an account of the origin and historical development of something. - Merriam-Webster
Dictionaries give several definitions of the word "genealogy". We are happy to simply say that genealogy, also known as family history, is the study and recording of the descent of one or more persons from their ancestors.
Most people who join Clan Irwin Association are looking for some manner of assistance in tracing their personal genealogy. To that end, in April 2023 Clan Irwin Association embarked on a journey we call our Genealogy Initiative. The Genealogy Initiative is an eight-point plan to assist our members along their path of personal research.
Continue to support and promote our existing Genealogy Committee.
Continue to promote Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN.
Continue to promote and financially support Clan Irwin Surname Y-DNA Study.
Continue to promote Clan Irvine Autosomal DNA Project.
Promote gathering of Family Trees utilizing WikiTree.
Gather and publish Family Stories from members.
Provide training via Zoom meetings.
Reach out to Irwins, Erwins, Irvines et al who match our members DNA to encourage them to join Clan Irwin Association.
Members are encouraged to participate and share in executing this plan. Through the active participation of our members we will be able to keep this endeavor fresh, and always moving forward.
If you are a member and would like to learn more about the Genealogy Initiative, participate, or take advantage of our resources, simply go to the Members Only section of the website and click on the Genealogy link. If you are not a member, you can join us by clicking the link below, and following the on-screen prompts.
The cost of membership is minimal. In addition to all the benefits you receive as a member you will also have the opportunity to interact with others who share your interests and perhaps even your ancestry.
Below are links to resources we hope you will find helpful in your genealogy research.
We support and encourage our members to take advantage of the genealogy resources at the Allen County Public Library.
We proudly support the National Trust for Scotland. If you're interested in the history and heritage of Scotland, check out their website.
Here are a few other resources you might find of interest as you pursue you research:
The Library of Congress offers a number of free services including books, forms, maps, photos, etc.
Family Search is a free, non-profit organization offering data such as the 1950 Census and other resources including free assistance with your search.
AncestryDNA hosts perhaps the worlds largest single repository of ancestral data as well as offering DNA testing.
23andMe offers DNA testing providing excellent genetic health data, as well as ancestry, and traits. You also have the option to connect with your genetic relatives.
FamilyTreeDNA offers a full range of testing including autosomal DNA, Y-DNA, and m-DNA giving them perhaps the worlds most comprehensive DNA matching database. They are also the only company in this lineup to own their own genetics lab.