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Researching your Irish Ancestors can drive you nuts and be rewarding!

Irish Postcard

Here are some tips that may help you research in Ireland.

Plan Ahead

Begin planning your research at home. Look for naturalizations, newspaper articles,obits, death and church records that will lead you back to Ireland. Talk to other family members for records and information they may have.

Research the local library and historical society where your family lived. They may have manuscripts, local histories, and other great things in their holdings that you may not find in other places.

Use the resources available through the LDS www.familysearch.org. Don't limit your search to the search page. Look at their online guides and their library catalog for books and films that pertain to the location where your family lived.

Don't ignore your extended family members. Your gr-grandparents may have siblings, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins who stayed in Ireland or emigrated from Ireland when births, marriages, and deaths where recorded. (About 1845- present time)

When you arrive in Ireland

Take time to learn the lay of the land. Walk through the streets and find where the local library and church is located.

Contact the library and church before your travel to Ireland. People there have lives and famillies and may not be too kind if you stop by. Better to be respectful than to return home frustrated.

Visit the National Library of Ireland www.nli.ie, the General Register Office www.groireland.ie and the National Archives of Ireland www.nationalarchives.ie in Dublin.

Visit other places

We had fun when we have visited Ireland. Here are our favorites...

Glendalough www.glendaloughconnect.ie
The Guiness Factory www.guiness-storehouse.com (Try doing the "Fergall" chug!)
Dingle www.dingle-peninsula.ie

Casey's tips:

When searching in Ireland try to keep this in mind. You may be walking along the same road but the name will change. For example: While I was searching my mom's family in Ardee, County Louth, the road my McGuigans lived on was called "New Road" and "Drogheda Road" in various documents as early as 1850. The intersecting road was Hale Street but the section where the parish rectory is located is called Moor Hall.

Irish Girl Postcard