A recent article in the online publication of TwinCities.com by writer Catherine Shannon Ballam covers in great detail how you can get into the nitty gritty of tracing your Irish ancestors while actually visiting Ireland.
Packed with lots of useful information such as the importance of how to understand the actual historic records of civil registrations of births, marriages and deaths. Another and often overlooked important method is to reach out to relatives who may have heard stories from their eldery family members as this source can unearth previously unrecorded locations or names that would otherwise remain lost.
Of course the article also states how the web is now a wonderful resource to help you plan your ancestor search while in Ireland with government records from both the Rep. of Ireland and Northern Ireland now accessible online.
And then when actually in Ireland, the writer covers the importance of local churches and graveyards but also local county libraries as these can hold a wealth of information not as easily accessible at a national level.
So if you are planning your trip to Ireland and really want to make the most of the journey by tracing your Irish roots then read the article in full here:
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