Freshford and Freeholders of the County

Freshford, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland is the address on the letters sent to Aunt Bess from Canada. Where is it and who was the family who followed their young men to a new life in an unknown land? In order to find out, I spent the past two months operating like one of the sleuths I…

B. Hidden in the Closet

"Where did you ever get these letters?" This is the question I am often asked when I describe my project of organizing the family archives and transcribing the letters Aunt Bess brought when she emigrated from Ireland. The experience of touching these fragile sheets of paper containing messages written over a hundred and fifty years…