Some Irish Genealogical Sources
|Keeping in mind there are numerous places to
look for information on the massive number of people who migrated
from Ireland in the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries, it's no
surprise there are many places to look for ways and means to
individuals and families. In spite of detailed Irish census information from the mid-19th
Century onwards, sometimes it's just impossible to find who you're
looking for. In some cases, people just disappeared; in other instances, they
deliberately tried to vanish, particularly if they were fleeing our
British neighbours' police/army who still remain in dominance after
nearly 900 years over six counties in the north.
Some of the sites I have included below offer, in general, free or almost free services. Those that charge are noted. There are, of course, numerous fee-based genealogy sites out there ready to gobble up your money, but many seem to offer a lot less than their ads tend to indicate. Beware!
Irish Parish Records -- Fee based
Ulster Historical Foundation -- Fee based
Cyndi's List -- Northern Ireland fee based
Here are some personal thoughts on DNA testing businesses that may be of value to you. I have personally used three of the major companies for researching my own DNA. This might seem odd, given that the bases for the testing would be working with the same base product. But, believe me, you'll can get get much different results with using more than one of these agencies. For instance, waiting for nine months for the test to be completed and results posted to you might be considered by some to be a bit irritating. This could be especially so, hypothetically, if the company then blackballed you with specialty family groups it sponsors because you complained about the long wait for services.
Among those with which I have had
personal experiences were Ancestry.com, Myheritage.com and Family
Myheritage.com led to many of the same results promised and provided by Ancestry. I don't have as much experience with this company, but I am at least neutral in my comments on their services.
Family Tree DNA is a different
story. I do NOT recommend using this firm's
do not care to elaborate on why at this time.
All of the above links were operating as of 28.1.2020. If you find a broken one, an email to pobeire[at]gmail.com would be appreciated.