He’s Mr. Vice President to us. But he’s also the proud descendant of Kitty Finnegan and Edward Francis Blewitt.

No matter who we are today, we all come from a line of people and places that shaped us. Vice President Biden has a rich Irish heritage, and he’s making his first official trip to the country as Vice President to meet with Irish leaders, celebrate the country’s heritage, and trace his own roots to the counties of his ancestors.

He’s Mr. Vice President to us. But he’s also the proud descendant of Kitty Finnegan and Edward Francis Blewitt.

Follow along from Dublin, north to County Louth, and on to the wild coast of County Mayo.

“I’m leaving for a very special trip ...”

“I'll go back to Ireland—the country from which my ancestors hailed, and a country whose independence the Easter Rising set in motion, 100 years ago this year. It will be my first dedicated trip to this nation as Vice President—during which I'll meet with the country's leaders, and celebrate our shared heritage. Our shared values of tolerance. Diversity. Inclusiveness.”

See some of the records in the Finnegan and Blewitt family history.