Irish Genealogy

Searching your Irish genealogy can be incredibly satisfying for those willing to spend the time and energy. Seeking information about your Irish genealogy might appear to be a daunting task, but once you begin to make lists of the information necessary, you're on your way.

Your first step to finding your Irish genealogy will be to identify the person who originally emigrated from Ireland: your ancestor, their spouse/s, their children, their siblings, and their parents' names if possible. It will be helpful for you to know their approximate date of birth, marriage and death, and the county, the parish, and the townland that they came from. It is important that you have a close approximate date of their arrival to their new country when seeking your Irish genealogy.

Encourage older relations to recount their stories and tales. Gather all written material such as letters, wills, diaries, photographs, certificates, and other family documents. Family burial plots should also be visited as gravestone inscriptions can sometimes yield valuable information. Most importantly, check to see if cousins have done any work with Irish genealogy that already may be of help.

As you begin to make notes and collect data on your Irish genealogy, make sure to record all the information that you find and your sources. Backtracking will only frustrate and discourage you, for sometimes its not possible to re-locate information once lost.

In your Irish genealogy search for any living relatives, check the city phone directories. Send blind letters to all those listed with the same family surname, and explain you are researching your Irish genealogy. If you send out twenty letters, you might just receive one reply, and that one reply may be the person who knows about the family you are seeking.

Start with your parents' birth, marriage, and death certificates when researching your Irish genealogy. On these you will find maiden names, places of birth, and burial information. Visit the places listed, talk with the morticians, and secure records from the cemetery. The local libraries might have copies of old newspapers on microfilm; you will be able to check the obituaries. You might be able to uncover additional information on a cause of death. All of these sources are valuable in your Irish genealogy search.

Secure any and all property deeds from your parents and grandparents' records. This will provide information on when the property was purchased, who made the purchase, and when and if it was sold. Check the Census records, as they will list vital information regarding the head of household, all members of the family, their ages and occupations. You may discover babies who died or close relatives who lived with the family.

Your Irish genealogy is out there and it's up to you to document it for all your family members. The work will be well worth the results, as you will learn about those who came before you, those who forged the path that your parents followed, and the hardships and celebrations of their lives. It's all there. Roll up your sleeves, sharpen your pencils, pack your briefcase, and get ready for the most fantastic journey of a lifetime. I promise that once you begin your Irish genealogy search, and all the names, dates, and vital sources of information about your family are revealed, you'll be amazed at how easy it is to begin. What better time than now.

Additional Sources
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  Irish Genealogy
  Immigrant Experience
  - Castle Gardens, New York
  - Ellis Island, New York
  Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland
  Valentia, County Kerry, Ireland
  Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland
  Irish Potato Famine
  Murphy Family
  Shea Family
  Healy Family
  Beirne Family
  Irish Family Research - Supplement
  Emigration - Queenstown, County Cork, Ireland
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