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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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Tracing your Irish family history: Newspapers

FindMyPast newspaper rercords

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 …

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