Author: Irish Heritage

Trace your Irish family all the way back to 1595!

Niall Cullen, Findmypast Two exciting new Irish family history resources have just been made available on Findmypast. These fascinating new collections are a fantastic addition to the largest collection of Irish family history records anywhere online and include indexes of your ancestors’ wills and marriages, right back into the 16th century. (more…)

5 books for tracing your Irish ancestors

Niall Cullen, Findmypast Discovering your Irish family history has been made more accessible and affordable than ever over the past decade, with millions of Irish records now available online. However, if you are a traditionalist who still likes to use a book for research, here’s a list of 5 titles that will come in very…

Discover what your ancestors were doing in 1901

Abigail Rieley, Findmypast You’ll now find the 1901 Irish Census on Findmypast. For the first time, you can search these fascinating records using all variations of a name and narrow the results you get by birth date. Not only that, but you can also search for two members of a household at the same time.…

Celebrate International Women’s Day with findmypast

To celebrate International Women's Day, at 3pm GMT on Sunday 8th March, Findmypast will be hosting a webinar on searching for women in their historical records. As, historically, women's names changed or were not recorded, finding female ancestors can be tricky. This webinar will help users trace maternal lines and get further with their family…

Walt Disney’s Irish Roots

Niall Cullen, Findmypast The surname “Disney” doesn’t sound very Irish. It derives from the Normandy French name D’Isigny, which is probably why Walt Disney’s Irish family history can be easily overlooked. Records on Findmypast, including the exclusive Landed Estates Court Rentals 1850-1885 reveal a little more about cartoon mogul’s past. Walt Disney’s great-grandfather Arundel Elias…

Discovering Irish Patriots in prison records

Niall Cullen, Findmypast The Irish Prison Registers 1790-1924 on Findmypast are an excellent source for tracing your Irish family history and provide a wealth of information about the prisoner including their name, address, place of birth, occupation, religion, education, age and even physical descriptions. The records have also become a popular record set for historians…

Discover your 1798 Rebellion ancestors

Niall Cullen, Findmypast The 1798 Irish Rebellion is famous for being a key early revolt against British rule in Ireland and involved well-known figures like Theobald Wolfe Tone and Henry Joy McCracken. The rebellion lasted 5 months and affected most of the country with crucial battles fought locally in the counties of Antrim, Carlow, Cork,…

fingmypast - Irish poverty relief records

Discover your poorest Irish ancestors in new records

Mary McKee, Findmypast The recently released Irish Poverty Relief Loans, 1821-1874 on Findmypast are a fascinating source for those building their Irish family tree. They record the names of over 600,000 people in rural Ireland, before during and after The Great Famine. Geographically, the records mainly cover the counties on Ireland's west and south-west coasts,…

Wedding in Ireland

Irish marriage records: Uncover your ancestors’ nuptials

Niall Cullen, Findmypast Marriage records are the cornerstones for building any family tree. Not only do they provide a glimpse into one of the most important events in your ancestors’ lives but they can tell you a great deal about them too like their age, residence and fathers’ names. In Ireland, civil registration began in…

Nearly 700,000 new Irish records available on Findmypast

New records available for people researching their Irish roots

Nearly 700,000 new records are being made available that could be vital for people looking to trace their Irish ancestry. The Poverty Relief Loans records, from the National Archives in London, have been digitised by family history website Findmypast.com. The site has also added a new, easier to search version of the Ireland Census 1911.…

FindMyPast webinar

Findmypast to help people trace their Irish roots

People of Irish origin all over the world will be given a helping hand in tracing their family roots tomorrow - Friday 23 January. The website Findmypast.com, which provides information for people who are looking into their family history, is to hold a webinar which is intended to help people use their information more effectively.…

Is there a hero in your family - find out with Findmypast

Are there heroes in your family tree?

If you have a heroic ancestor that you’re particularly proud of, there’s a new place to celebrate their life – Findmypast’s Hall of Heroes This online memorial uncovers the remarkable stories of ordinary relatives in our family history as well as war heroes, cultural icons and everyday champions. From unsung underdogs to military medal recipients…

FindMyPast newspaper rercords

Tracing your Irish family history: Newspapers

Niall Cullen, Findmypast Unlike today, your Irish ancestors would not have access to news on demand 24/7 from TV, radio and the internet. In fact, the only mass media available for much of their lives would have been newspapers. This makes the publications of the time an incredible resource when tracing your Irish family tree.…

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