Irish Genealogy & Family History Resources

Are you interested in discovering more on your Irish family history? In this section, I have included letters (and podcasts) that include stories, explanations and approaches to help you investigate your own Irish family history. You may even receive a little inspiration to break down one or two family history brick walls! You can browse through the features listed on this page and jump to one that interests you, or enter a surname, placename or other item in the search box to which letters mention them. Enjoy.

Irish Genealogy & Family History Letters

An Irishman and the 99th Regiment of Foot.

It can be quite difficult to track down the origins of an ancestor who left Ireland in the early 1800s. Useful records may be non-existent in parts of the country…

County Donegal Ancestry

Looking for County Donegal Ancestry

Today we feature a letter from one of our Green Room members, Marie Irwin, as she chats about the life and times of her family and their origin in the…

Irish Ancestry Timeline

Using a Simple Irish Ancestry Timeline

When we lived in England during the 1990s, a phrase that I heard many times was “teaching granny to suck eggs”. Maybe you have heard it in your family? It…

Emigration from Ireland

Start Your Irish Ancestry Search in the right place.

Allow me to start this letter with a question – have you discovered the place of origin for your ancestors in Ireland? Maybe you have even walked the same farm…

The Streets of a Small Town in County Tipperary.

Have you ever tried to track down the “life and times” of one of your Irish ancestors? I can be a fascinating (and sometimes frustrating) process as you put the…

Irish Genealogy & Family History Podcasts

Solving The Mystery of Irish Surnames – Two Examples (#723)

Have you ever wondered how the Irish surnames in your family tree came about? Understanding just HOW your Irish surnames developed is KEY to understanding more about your Irish origins…

Laurel & Hardy and An Irish American Hero (#721)

This episode of the Letter from Ireland podcast has a Hollywood theme! Not just Hollywood however, we tell two stories behind recently released movies with a strong connection to Ireland.…

On Opposite Sides – The Story of 2 Irish Civil War Generals (#719)

Today we tell the story of two Irish men who ended up fighting on the opposite sides of the American Civil War. One was Patrick Cleburne – also known as…

Pride, Prejudice & The Irish Origins of a Great Literary Family (#718)

In this episode of the Letter from Ireland podcast we take a literary turn! First off we have a look at that literary masterpiece of Jane Austen – Pride and…

PRONI – Past, Present & Future (#717)

Do you have ancestors who originated in the counties of Ulster? In this episode we interview Janet Hancock – the Deputy Head of Public Services at PRONI (The Public Records…