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Strategies for Starting Your Irish Research

    I’ve had quite a few emails this past week from people just starting their Irish research and trying to figure out where to begin.  I thought I’d repeat a blog I wrote back in 2011 with some updated information.  

The Famine

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  A question that is frequently on my mind is why did our ancestors survive the famine?   I asked that question many years ago to a relative who had taken us to visit the home where my husband’s grandmother was born in Monaghan and his answer…they grew oats and they had a cow.   …

Thanksgiving is Family Health History Day

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   Since 2004, the Surgeon General of the US has declared Thanksgiving Day to be Family Health History Day.  It’s a day when many family members gather together…what better day for you, as a genealogist, to share what you know about your families health history.  …

Last Day in Ireland

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   It’s been a great two weeks, but it’s time to go home.   I spent my final day at the National Archives working through six Wills/Administrations (they never did order the last two) and some estate records. …

Dublin Research

   Dublin is a great walking city!  All of the main repositories are within walking distance of Buswell’s Hotel (which is across the street from the National Library).   My first stop was at the

More New Cousins!

   This trip has been amazing as I’ve had an opportunity to meet more cousins.  Last week I received a message through Ancestry from Anita who had made a connection through a King/O’Loughlin line in County Down. …

They’re not always where you expect them to be!

View from the south-east.

   I’ve been looking for my 3rd great grandparents graves for a number of years.  Mathew and Isabella Mackey/Mackay lived and died in the northern part of County Leitrim, Kinlough in Rossinver parish.  …

Public Records Office of Northern Ireland

   If you have ancestors from the six counties of Northern Ireland, or even from some of the border counties, you’re probably already familiar with PRONI. Created in 1923 and currently located in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast, PRONI’s mission is to collect records of historical significance, both governmental and private.   …

Ulster American Folk Park

   Just  north of Omagh in County Tyrone is the Ulster American Folk Park, part of the National Museums of Northern Ireland.  Focused on the emigration experience, it contains a reconstruction of Irish homes and villages (similar to Plimouth Plantation, Sturbridge or Williamsburg).  …

The County Library

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   When you’re out and about Ireland, don’t forget to stop at the County Library.  Every Library is different and you don’t know what you’ll find until you check.  I had reviewed the holdings of the Longford Library before I left home and was intrigued by their reference to “Estate Records.”  …

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