So, let me guess. You’ve been interested in tracing your Irish Ancestry for some time now. Maybe you have travelled to Ireland, or perhaps wonder if you will ever get there? What you DO know is that your ancestors left Ireland for a better life – bringing with them their values and beliefs, many of which were passed to you and your own family.
Since 2013, this site and our weekly “Letter from Ireland” has attracted over Two Million people of Irish descent around the world. They find that our Letters, Blog posts, Videos, books and Podcasts help them to understand what life was like for their Irish Ancestors. For some, this information provides a rich backdrop to help with research on Ancestry Record sites. For others, the Letter connects them with their Irish roots in a very real and visceral way.
Here are just some reasons why people keep coming back to this site for more:
“Trace your surname, discover where your ancestors may have lived and step into this fascinating and beautiful land that we love”. Sandy Laferriere.
“If you have Irish blood running through your veins, or even if you are just interested in Ireland, this site is essential.” Patty McCoy.
“You and Carina are melding a very important aspect of Irish history and heritage to our personal genealogical endeavors. Thanks for bringing it all to life for us!” Jack Healy.
With that last comment, I think it’s time to introduce ourselves! We are Mike and Carina Collins – a husband and wife team based in County Cork, Ireland. Our adventure started when we noticed many people asking questions on Facebook about their Irish surnames and the homelands of their Irish Ancestors. We started to answer with our local knowledge – and the answers to these questions grew to become a weekly email called “A Letter from Ireland”. In the Letter, we share stories of counties, surnames and heroic Irish individuals who made new lives for themselves across the world – often in the harshest of circumstances. Sound like any of your Irish ancestors?
Today, we travel the many Irish Immigration trails – gathering stories and sharing them with you through our weekly letters, blog posts, videos and podcasts.