Finding Your Irish Ancestors

By Patricia McMorrow Premium

Irish Genealogical Society Intl.

<> At 2,300 members, this Twin Cities group is the largest of its type in the United States. Records are incredibly comprehensive and volunteer researchers are good sounding boards who point you in the right direction — free. Membership is $20 per year and includes a starter kit in finding ancestors. The group also is a co-sponsor of the fourth Irish Genealogical Congress, set for 2001 at Trinity College in Dublin. Contact <>, PO Box 16585, St. Paul, MN 55116.

Irish Tourist Board (Bord Failte)

<> Main office is in Dublin (Baggot Street Bridge, Dublin 4, Ireland), but call the New York branch at (800) 223-6470 and ask for their basic information kit on tracing your ancestors.

National Archives of Ireland

<> Ever-expanding Web site includes genealogical centers in Ireland, national school rolls, prison records and archival links.

Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland

Brochure listing members, specialties and fees available for $5 by writing Genealogical Office, 2 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.

The Irish Times <> This Irish newspaper lets you search its online ancestors database for your last name for free — but you’ll pay $5 to read any details.

The Irish Family History Foundation <> This resource, which has branches in several Irish counties, charges £150 for a family history report, which includes sorting through baptism, marriage and death records, tombstone inscriptions and census reports for your ancestors.

From the January 2000 issue of Family Tree Magazine