Irish Genealogy by Dwight Radford
As I ponder why I love Irish family history so much as a professional genealogist, I also have to smile. It simply reflects so much of my personality. It is very difficult by its very nature, which means with each client case I work on, I embark on a new mystery. Yes, there may be only a hand full of primary sources we all use in our research, each case has me utilizing those same old sources in new and exciting ways. The hunt and the challenge keep me going to no small extent.
Common names, fascinating characters, intriguing history, all keep Irish family history from become stale and boring. Combine this with the emigration part of your research, and you have an amazing story. From Australian prisoners, to colonial indentured servants, to soldiers, to pioneers, to the hungry all had reasons for leaving Ireland.
It’s all of their stories that captivate our imaginations. In this blog, I will be discussing various records and how to use them. I will provide important links for your reference. Let me know your discoveries.