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Irish Ancestors - Placenames

   I keep reinterating the fact that in order to be successful in Irish research you need to know the name of your ancestor’s townland. This is the most difficult piece of information to find…depending on the timeframe, most records in the United States will say just "Ireland."  …

   Two weeks ago I wrote about the Irish Family History Foundation and their pay-per-view website for finding church records.  I mentioned that the records for Kerry and western Cork, as well as Carlow and Dublin City are available at

   First of all, Happy St. Patrick’s Day.   Many of the websites I’ve discussed have had special promotions for Irish research this month.  I usually tweet about them when I see them, so if you’re on Twitter, you can follow me

Irish Family History Foundation

   During the late 1980s and early 1990s, local centres in Ireland began a project to index records making them available, for a fee, through county Heritage Centres.  This was a time of high unemployment in Ireland, and young people were trained on computers by having them transcribe these records.  …

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