March 17, 2012

A Hatful of Irish Resources

Recently my pint glass inbox has been overflowing with posts about Irish records, resources, and databases. I felt compelled to scoop them up in one place so I can come back to them again and again. I’m hoping some of you might feel the same way. So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a collection of Irish research leads--with a grateful tip of the hat to the authors:

Blog Posts:
Resource Compilations:
Web Radio Shows:
Education Announcements:
Heritage/Family History
As you can see, it's been a great month for discovering Irish resources. There are undoubtedly even more that I didn’t catch. If you wrote or read something that could be added to this list, please let me know. Where do you turn for help with your Irish research?

And finally, here's a wee Irish blessing for your St. Patrick's Day:

               May your pockets be heavy
               And your heart be light,
               May good luck pursue you
               Each morning and night.

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  1. Hello Shelley,

    Thanks very much for the mentions, and thank you for this great listing of sites.

    May you and yours enjoy a lovely St. Patrick's Day today!

    Cheers to you,

  2. You read my mind Shelley! I've been socking away all those links and blogs too. I know I have Irish ancestors, but just haven't had the time to do anything with them! Thanks for this post!

    1. I haven't done much Irish research yet either, but I hope to soon, and I just couldn't let all these great links and posts get away from me. Glad you found it handy!

  3. Oh you darlin' woman!

    My grandaughter ( age 10) called me last week explaining that her class was doing a project on Irish immigrants and asked me if we had any Irish people in our family tree. I told her that yes, indeed they were MANY, many Irish people in our family tree. She then wanted ALL of the information. She also proceeded to tell me of the research that she had already done on how the Irish came to America in "nasty little boats", and how sad it was. I agreed on all points. But then came the stumper: WHERE did they come from? I sighed heavily. "Honey, I just don't know exactly. I'm trying hard to find them." To which she replied "But Dad said you knew EVERYTHING". I had to tell her that I only had proof on one individuals immigration. I had the name of the boat and the date and that was it.

    Now I've been seriously researching the Irish side for the past few months because I knew that my clues were few. The other side I flew back to 1516 England. My Irish, well I have them all in Massachusetts. And I do have some immigration dates. But exactly WHERE in Ireland they came

    Your list may give me the help I need. In the meantime if you happen across the O'Briens, Greenes, Morans, Morris, Garvey, Welch, McCarthy, Dolan folks who settled in and near Boston, Massachusetts please tell them I'm looking for them!

  4. Oh, if only we knew everything, Cheri, life would be so sweet! It's just not nice of our ancestors to hide from us, is it? I hope my list gives your research a little boost :) Good luck with your granddaughter's project. Thanks for reading and for the cheery comment!


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