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Do you have Irish ancestors?
Do you have a GG grandmother Bridget (or Joanna or ….. ) who came to America from Ireland?
Wondering who she was?
Completely unsure how to proceed in your Irish ancestor research?
It’s okay, I promise!
The Most Common Mistake Genealogy Researchers Make
Many readers’ emails center around researching an immigrant Irish ancestor. Researching their family line has revealed an Irish ancestor. Time to start searching the Irish records to find where they lived in Ireland and when they came to America.
Wait, not so fast!
Often the information you need to determine what city/town/district (or even country) your ancestor immigrated from is found in their American records. Learn more about strategies to do just this in Where Did Your Immigrant Come From?.
Many researchers are tempted to rush the research of their immigrant ancestor’s American records, but resist the temptation. Avoid needing to backtrack in your research. You will save time in the long run. [I speak from experience – Ahem!]
Resources for Your Irish Research
Assuming you have researched your ancestor thoroughly on “this side of the pond” [You did, right?!], now let’s take a look at Irish resources for your Irish genealogy.
- Irish Catholic Parish Registers at FindMyPast – This record set is FREE and found under the Free Records tab on their homepage.
- Other Irish records at FindMyPast include land records, vital records, military records and more. ($)
- Ancestry.com’s Irish record collection. ($) Several Irish record sets are FREE including Ireland’s 1901 and the 1911 census records.
- MyHeritage Irish Collections ($)
- The National Library of Ireland – A great resource for starting your Irish genealogy research. Be sure to visit the “Getting Started” page to well…..get started.
- The National Archives of Ireland – An excellent resource of Irish records and history!
- General Register Office (GRO) – Birth, Marriage and death records from 1864 and forward. The GRO holds some non-Catholic marriage records from 1845-1863. Find an index to these records on Irish Genealogy.ie .
- Irish Genealogy.ie – Another great resource with information on getting started with your Irish genealogy research and explanation of records available.
This list is a “get you started list” when it comes to researching your Irish ancestor(s). Do you have a favorite source for researching Irish ancestors? Let us know in the comments below!
As You Move Forward With Your Irish Research
As you prepare to take your genealogy research back into your ancestor’s Irish homeland, create a research plan.
- From your previous research of your ancestor, determine what exactly you want to know.
- Using the resource list above, determine what records exist for the time period and location where your ancestor lived. In other words, research how to research Irish records. 🙂
- Plan how you will access the records you need. Will you take advantage of a free trial to FindMyPast or Ancestry.com? Will you need to order vital records from the GRO?
- Start working your plan!
- Analyze the records your find …… and don’t find!
- Start the process again as needed.
Other related posts to help you in your search:
- Where Did My Immigrant Ancestor Come From?
- 6 “Out of the Box” Genealogy Resources