St. Patrick’s Day

May the luck of the Irish be with you!

St. Patrick’s Day originated as a religious holiday to commemorate St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. However, since its beginnings in AD 387-461, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved and spread throughout the world as a celebration of Irish culture.

Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by Irish and non-Irish people around the world. As the beam outside of Guinness’ Storehouse states:

However, if you happen to be Irish on every day of the year, your heritage and lineage may be of great interest to yourself and your family.  In order to discover more about your Irish ancestors, we recommend two guides for the dedicated and curious family historian.

Your Irish Ancestors: A Guide for the Family Historian

Your Irish Ancestors provides an entertaining insight into everyday life in Ireland during the past four centuries. Many records, like the early twentieth century census returns and school registers will be familiar to researchers, but others have been traditionally overlooked by all but the most experienced genealogists.  Each chapter takes the form of a detailed social history showing how the lives of our ancestors changed over the centuries and how this is reflected in the records that have survived. Your Irish Ancestors will help family historians put their ancestral research in historical perspective, giving them a better understanding of the world in which their ancestors lived.

Tracing Your Northern Irish Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians

Tracing Your Northern Irish Ancestors is an expert introduction for the family historian to the wealth of material available to researchers in archives throughout Northern Ireland.  An easy-to-use, informative guide to the comprehensive collections available at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland is a key feature of Ian Maxwell’s handbook. He also takes the reader through the records held in many libraries, museums and heritage centers across the province, and he provides detailed coverage of records that are available online. Unlike the rest of the British Isles, which has very extensive civil and census records, Irish ancestral research is hampered by the destruction of many of the major collections. Yet Ian Maxwell shows how family historians can make good use of church records, school registers and land and valuation records to trace their roots to the beginning of the nineteenth century and beyond.

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