My Irish ancestors are among my most challenging ancestors to research, always in the background teasing me to find more about them. This week I thought we’d focus on some Irish resources including some interesting blogs that will help you research your family. Let’s look.
Among the best-known Irish researchers is John Grenham. Not only does he have a great site with links to search and find records, he also has an interesting blog about all things Irish. And for those of you who prefer reference books, his updated and thorough book, “Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, 5th Edition”, was released in 2019. One of his most recent blogs talks about first names and how understanding where they are most popular may help you determine the best area to focus your research your family’s location. He’s even created a map to help you pinpoint potential locations for your ancestors.
Donna Moughty’s Irish Genealogy Resources Blog gives us an interesting look at Irish family roots. She has several articles on various sites for Irish research, organizing your research and using local history.
According to their site, Family History Daily ‘has been providing articles, courses and tools to help family history enthusiasts discover their ancestors’. They have several great articles and offer online courses to build your research skills.
Timeline – Genealogy in Ireland that provides interesting blogs on a variety of Irish topics. In addition, I discovered that they have a page on Irish Wills with where to search links. While I’ve never found one of my ancestors in these wills, it may be a treasure trove for others.
A site that I was not aware of until I was researching for today’s blog is Historic Graves. This is a grassroots effort in Ireland to document graveyards throughout Ireland. While it doesn’t include all graveyards, you may find the hidden gem you’ve been looking for. Here’s an interesting memorial that includes a link to the event the resulted in this gentleman’s death.
I hope you enjoying exploring Irish sites that are not the big four but provide interesting tips, facts, and links to further your Irish research. Have fun learning more about Ireland, her people and hopefully you’ll discover a new clue or fact about your people.
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With a lifelong passion for genealogy and history, the author enjoys the opportunity to share genealogy tidbits, inspiring others to research and write their family story.