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Thursday, March 17, 2005



No one in my family knew about our ancestry a few years ago. Everyone thought "Trainer" was probably just an Anglo name, and that "Trainers" probably trained, and hence the name.

I had a great aunt who died and someone found a hand-written geneaology in her home that went back a couple generations. Well, that got me going!

With so many tools available today, the research is quite doable. Of course, it helps if you live near the places of origin (county court houses, etc).

I discovered that "Trainer" is actually totally Irish. It comes from the gaelic words : threin and fhir meaning strong man or hero. Though the name sounds common, it is actually quite rare and easily traced to a couple counties in Ireland. I am almost to the generation that came over on the boat, but I haven't discovered them yet. Someday!

So I would encourage you to dig in! Sounds like a great homeschool history project!


Thanks for the interesting comment, Jon! It is really neat knowing where your family comes from...I'll have to try to research a bit more. :)

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