Tourism officials in Ireland are encouraging Irish-Americans to discover their Irish family history online during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A good place to start your quest is the National Archives of Ireland, where you can access census and other records through 11 searchable databases.
In addition, irishgenealogy.ie holds Church and civil records of births, deaths and marriages and also provides links to several other useful websites.
Another great resource is rootsireland.ie, which has over 20 million records in the most extensive database of Catholic Church records anywhere online.
View The Odyssey of Irish Genealogy video below.
For Americans have Ulster-Scots roots, visit Ulster Historical Foundation. Video tutorials on the site for suggestions on how to proceed.
The Ireland Family History Facebook page is an invaluable resource where you can ask questions and be inspired by other people’s success.
When visiting Ireland, check out The Irish Emigration Museum (EPIC) in Dublin. It tells the authentic story of 10 million journeys and uncovers the roots of 70 million people through a hi-tech journey that shows the impact of Ireland’s emigrants across the globe.
Epic Ireland also contains an Irish Family History Centre operated by genealogical specialists, who offer family tree DNA testing kits so visitors can learn about their Irish roots. To get a flavor of what EPIC is about, take a virtual tour. With embedded audio and video descriptions about each gallery, the tour will transport you into Ireland’s dramatic emigration story and increase your pride in being part of the great Irish diaspora.
You can find more genealogy resources at ireland.com.
For more about the Irish-American cultural community in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.