Monday, March 17, 2008
Irish roots in East Tennessee
If you are looking for your Irish ancestry, maybe you haven't thought to check East Tennessee. But an article at Tricities.com, "Ireland Minister Hopes To Build Tourism Link With East Tennessee," reports North Ireland hopes to take advantage of a growing interest in genealogy to promote a cultural and tourism exchange between that region and East Tennessee. Many of the whites who settled in East Tennessee in the 18th century where Scots-Irish who left Ulster for the Appalachian frontier. Northern Ireland Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Edwin Poots, was in Tennessee last week and says he sees a "significant opportunity" for tourism and exchanges between the two regions.