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Where to Start Searching for Your Irish Ancestor

Have hit a block wall searching for an Irish ancestor? Many people jump over to the Irish records and little too soon – sometimes it is better to gather ALL of the records available in your home country before making the leap “across the pond”. Here is a conversation with one of our readers to […]

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The Yew Tree of Ireland

Do you have a favourite tree? Maybe the majestic oak, or graceful willow? In Ireland, the most ancient and revered is the mighty Yew tree, used to guard entrances to homes and cemeteries.  In this letter we talk about how a tree came to name both the sons and townlands of Ireland. Céad Míle Fáilte […]

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Did Your Irish Australian Ancestor Follow the Black Velvet Band?

Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland. The weather is behaving quite well here in Cork at the moment. It’s dark by 7.30pm at this time of year but we are having some nice bright days. I hope the weather is staying nice and clement wherever you are today. I’m settling […]

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The Top 100 Irish Surnames

Do you know the Top 100 Irish Surnames? How about the Top 10? Where do you go to find out? You could check in the census returns – but what we do here at Your Irish Heritage is a little different. Whenever someone signs up for our newsletter, we ask them to provide us with […]

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The Surnames of County Westmeath

These are the surnames of our readers whose ancestors came from County Westmeath. Is your County Westmeath surname here?

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