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Top 10 tools for Irish family history

Did you know that there are more than 70 million people alive today, living in all corners of the Earth, who can claim Irish ancestry? Might you be among this vibrant diaspora? Helen Tovey has rounded up 10 useful resources to help you research your roots back to the Emerald Isle, and discover a heritage to be proud of

Just starting with Irish research?


Whether your Irish heritage is something you’ve always known about, or whether it’s news to you – perhaps a revelation from a recent DNA test – tracing your ancestors back to Ireland makes for fascinating, if at times frustrating, research. Long-time family historians will know that many of the Irish census records have been destroyed and genealogical research in Ireland is traditionally regarded as a bit of a daunting prospect. However, in recent years the growing collection of digitised records and useful websites mean that you can, with luck, make headway. Here are some tools to help you tackle the quest.

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Where would today's family historian be without the wonders of the web? This issue we give you bespoke clues to help you mine that nugget of ancestral gold from among the billions of records available the major family history websites. But family history isn't just about researching facts. It's about recording and treasuring that family story. So to help you do just this, we also have a guide to building your own website for your genealogical discoveries - an online home for your family archive. Step up, and see where you can take your research next!