Happy St. Patrick’s Day – A Day Early

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day
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This is a day early, as Friday Family History Finds will be posted tomorrow, but there is never a bad day for sharing genealogy research tips.

Tip #1 – IrishGenealogy.ie is a great website to use when searching for your Irish ancestors.


This government-sponsored site has links to church and civil vital records, which when searched provides details about the person (no digital image of the record). It also has suggestions for how to research in Ireland and offers links from everything to the National Library to Land Registry to the 1922 National Army Census. It is well worth a visit and will help you get started in finding your family in their ancestral home.

Tip #2The Irish Family History Centre, which opened ten months ago in Dublin, was formerly known as Eneclann.

Irish Family History Centre

Although it offers three levels of membership – free, monthly (10 euros) and yearly (50 euros)- to reap the maximum benefits by accessing all of its resources, a membership is required.

Membership Structure

Helps ranging from podcasts and webinars to reviewing your family with an expert are offered. There is also a research library, which can be accessed digitally online.

Tip #3 – TIARA – The Irish Ancestral Research Association has an excellent website with many research links.

The Irish Ancestral Research Association

Although membership is offered, with meetings held, a newsletter sent out and trips planned abroad, the LINKS on the home page are a gold mine of free reference sources to aid in your research.

Tip #4 – John Grenham maintains a website with many links and resources for Irish research.

John Grenham’s Irish Ancestors

Many of the links lead to transcribed records and/or free resources. It’s a great place to browse for your family.

May you have the luck of the Irish as your research your family.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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