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