The photo above was taken by Mike and Kate in 2022 of a house in Ireland with a large section of the thatch roof missing. If the owners of rundown empty houses in Ireland can prove they are “not fit to live in”, then they can avoid paying property taxes. In the case of thatch roofs, insurance coverage is getting more and more difficult to obtain which is contributing to the decreasing number of traditional thatch roof buildings in Ireland.
I simply cannot thank them enough...
My journey into requesting the services of Old Friends Genealogy to research my family history began innocuously enough, as a gift to my aunt. Having no delusions of historical grandeur, I didn’t expect to uncover much more than names and dates of some long-forgotten ancestors and was simply looking for prompt and professional interaction and a fair pricing schedule. While Mike and Kate certainly exceeded my expectations in those regards, they delivered so much more.
I eagerly awaited each e-mail update from Old Friends Genealogy, which carefully outlined their findings and updated me on their progress. Mike and Kate ultimately compiled notebooks on each branch of my family tree which included not only names and dates, but newspaper articles, pictures and quotes – a carefully constructed story of the struggles, triumphs, losses and lives of the people who came before me.
From the son of a Duke being befriended by a Native American Chief, to a fateful decision to leave the east coast and “win a horse or lose the saddle,” from a grizzly rolling mill accident to marrying the girl from the next farm over after the long sea voyage, I now have a vivid and detailed picture of exactly how I came to be. I simply cannot thank them enough; I truly enjoyed the journey of discovering my ancestry with Old Friends Genealogy." Jen H., Wisconsin