Getting Started

How to Begin: Start with Yourself and Work Backwards!

Fill in a Family Tree and Family Group sheets (see Blank Forms section) with the information you have, including names (and nicknames), dates and locations of births, marriages and deaths, approximate if necessary, known siblings in each generation, and religious denomination ... [ more ]

Challenges in Irish Family History Research

Research challenges can include administrative divisions, misspellings, age variations, registrations and family lore. Keep an open mind; don't discount info because it doesn't match what you think you know! [ more ]

Emigration Patterns

Chain migration is the phenomenon when an immigrant already in American wrote home to bring out another. That immigrant in turn induced another to come out, and so on. Strong patterns of "chains" of emigration in some parts of Ireland resulted in Irish county settlements in the U.S. as follows ... [ more ]

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