Have you ever wondered just how your ancestor immigrated? If you have then this is a natural question, although it is not always the starting point for a genealogist.
The Journey Home Genealogy takes immigration of the Irish seriously. Consider people would have arrived on ships, but they may have spent time in an intermediate country first. This was very common. They may have arrived as indentured servants in the 1600s which was the equivalent of a white slave, for a set term of years. They may have arrived as prisoners or free settlers. Your ancestors may have been merchants or with the British Army, all of which took the Irish from their homes. They may have been kidnapped and sold in white slavery rings along the coastal area “spirited away.” They may have been escaping the cruel realities of hunger and excruciating poverty.
What took them away from Ireland, and under what conditions, is a story all in itself. It compliments the story of how they physically left.