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Irish Civil Records – and the Origins of One Irish Grandmother

Carina and a character in the folk park

Have you used the Irish Civil Records recently? These Irish Civil Records (Births, Marriages and Deaths) are a very useful way to track down the origins of one of your Irish ancestors – and most are both available online and for free! See how we recently used them in this reader’s letter from Ireland. Céad […]

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Have you Visited the Irish Famine Museum?

Many of our shared ancestors left Ireland because of the Great Irish Famine. Here is the story of just one of those locations that was severely affected – and it became the site for the Irish Famine Museum today.   Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland for this week. If […]

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Irish Surnames and Their Counties

Do you have Irish surnames in your family tree? If the answer is yes, then read on – and discover more about the surnames of Ireland, where they come from – and see if you can spot some of your Irish surnames. When a new reader signs up for our weekly Letter from Ireland – we […]

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An Irish Placename Travels Abroad to the City of Baltimore.

Did you ever wonder where your town got its name? Does it have a twin city with the same name, in another part of the world? In this letter, we will see how Irish town names often travelled with Irish immigrants to the far off places they settled. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to […]

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Irish Hounds and Irish Surnames

Irish hounds

What do Irish Hounds and Irish surnames have to do with each other? Did you ever wonder about the origin of your Irish surname? Maybe it had to do with a particular place, or a personality trait of a long distant ancestor? Perhaps it might even have to do with an important animal in the […]

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