I’ve always heard that Irish genealogy is a challenge, but I didn’t worry about it much until I got my DNA results. There, plain as day, was the proof that 15% of my lineage is Irish. At that point I started digging back into the family tree and *think* that my Irish roots are from Robert McClelland. But the truth is, I haven’t done any research on him, so that could be nothing more than a guess.
Fortunately, though, I have two great paid resources and some wonderful freebies that are perfect to get me started tracking down those Irish ancestors.
The first is Sharon Carmack’s course on Irish Research 101 at Family Tree University. Sharon knows more about Irish genealogy than anyone I know. Her course begins March 7 and if you click the link below and use the coupon code you can save $10 off the course.
The second is a book I just ordered, The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide. (Save 30%). It includes:
- Tips and techniques for identifying your Irish immigrant ancestor and tracing him back to Europe
- Crash-course guides to Irish naming conventions, history and geography
- Maps of administrative divisions to help you identify the civil and military records your ancestors would have created
- Case studies that apply concepts to real-life research problems
- Lists of resources for further research, including Irish archives, heritage centers and genealogy websites
For the first time in my life I’m jumping with both feet into non-U.S. research; last week I ordered the German Genealogy Book Bundle which is supposed to arrive this week. If you hear the sound of hair being pulled out, it’s just me learning a bunch of new stuff!
Free Irish Genealogy Resources
I didn’t forget my promise to give you free resources as well as the paid ones above. Here are some to get you started:
I wish you success in tracking down your Irish ancestors and I hope to see you over in Sharon’s course or browsing through the book on Irish genealogy. Good luck to me too!
Of course I have to ask myself, if not the McClellands, who?