Are you tracing your Irish Roots?
Many of Lisheen Castle’s visitors have traced their roots or are in the process of discovering their Irish ancestry. As St. Patrick’s Day approaches a lot of people’s thoughts turn to their Irish Heritage and the need to know more about where they came from.
Tracing your ancestry online can be a very time consuming, albeit thoroughly interesting and satisfying past time.
If you find that you have exhausted all the conventional avenues but have come to a full stop in your searches – you may want to try some more unusual methods.
Elaine Hannon has written a blog on ‘7 Unusual Ways To Trace Your Irish Ancestors’ for the Irish Roots magazine website, in it she suggests looking for information via some out of the ordinary internet searches such as:
- Possibly your ancestor had a dog – dog licences are recorded since 1865 in Ireland, oroginal transcripts are availble to view
- you may have information on the National school they attended – the National Archives has a list of school registers
- if your ancestor made a will – the Index to Calendars of Wills and Administrations can be searched in the National Archives
- contact or visit the local library where your ancestor lived
- find out the local newspapers in the area where your ancestor lived and search their archives
You can view Elaine’s blog and the associated links for these searches by clicking on the button below and linking to the Irish Roots Magazine which has a Spring issue entitled 100 Ways to Trace Your Irish Ancestors.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!