Discovering that you may have an Irish connection is very exciting – but how do you go about tracing your ancestors?
Having an expert who understands Irish history and how and where the Irish records are stored is a great start. Irish ancestors direct, based in Killarney is run by Mary Howard and Catriona Dunlea. They set up the business almost 10 years ago.
In tracing one’s roots a person gains personal understanding of the history of the ancestors locality extending to Ireland.
Irish family history is shaped by 16th ,17th, 18th and 19th century confiscation and plantation of lands ,penal laws and famine .As a result, Kerry suffered from high levels of immigration, mainly to America. Increasingly, many of the descendants of these emigrants are seeking their roots.
Mary explains how to begin the process. “Researching ones ancestors starts in the home country”,she says “.An in-depth study of US sources such as census , naturalisation papers and immigration/passenger records may provide information regarding which part of Ireland their ancestors originated.On locating the county of origin, and hopefully the town land name, a search of land in church records of that locality need to be made”.
“Frequently, variations in spelling of names as well as changes to administrative and Ecclesiastical boundaries can cause difficulties.”
Irish Ancestors Direct has many years experience in helping people trace their ancestral roots. In recent years much more material has become accessible online.
For further information go to https://www.irishancestors.ie/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact Mary Howard or Catriona Dunlea on 00353 871527050
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