In honor of St. Patty's Day, I thought I would out a hidden Irish American: Barry Manilow. Yes, I know, most think of him as a Jewish boy from Brooklyn - and he is. But he's also one-quarter Irish, and due to certain circumstances in his family, that Irish share has had a disproportionate influence on his family tree. There's a lot of name-changing in Manilow's family, starting with him. He was actually born Barry Pincus, but decided to change his name around the time of his bar mitzvah.
NY’s black hole gets blacker – Um, this is incredibly bad news. How Katy Perry’s Irish Ancestress Cashed in on California’s Gold Rush – Looked into Katy Perry’s roots and turns out she had a gold-obsessed family and a really interesting great-great-grandmother. Was challenging to research – partly because of records that were destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake – but managed to dig out an interesting tale!
How Katy Perry’s Irish Ancestress Cashed in on California’s Gold RushShe came from a gold-obsessed family, so perhaps it wasn’t so surprising when the treasure bag was found in Hannah’s water closet, but what was this Galway girl even doing in San Francisco? Anyone who’s ever dabbled in genealogy knows that certain forebears call louder than others — even when they’re not your own.
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