“Walking, I can almost hear the redwoods beating. And the oceans are above me here, rolling clouds, heavy and dark. It is winter and there is smoke from the fires. It is a world of elemental attention, of all things working together, listening to what speaks in the blood. Whichever road I follow, I walk in the land of many gods, and they love and eat one another. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.” — Linda Hogan
Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/ *) is a popular genealogy website. They offer extensive records that focus predominantly on records found in the United States. Ancestry.com is a website that requires a paid subscription for access to the documents available. Some local libraries pay for a limited access version that is available inside your local library branch.
The Ellis Island Foundation (https://www.statueofliberty.org/ellis-island/) offers The Family History Center that allows users to search through passenger records of immigrants coming to the United States through Ellis Island. Again, this is another free resource that offers document access. There are also several articles that offer tips and tricks when searching names.
IrelandXO (https://irelandxo.com/) is a volunteer-run organization helping those looking to connect with their Irish Roots. They provide a large community of support for researchers. It is recommended that individual researchers sign up and create accounts so they can receive emails that provide helpful tips and articles for researching Irish genealogy.
Irish Genealogy (https://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/) is an Irish Government run website that highlights readily available resources from the government. Several of the links provided through the website are repeated from IrelandXO.
Library of Congress (https://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/) offers resource guides that are available through the Library of Congress. Some of the resources are only available at the library and will require an appointment, others can be accessed through the website. They also offer an Ask the Librarian option on the website for further assistance.
National Archives (https://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy) offers extensive resources and tools for starting and researching your genealogy. There are several training courses available through the website for those who are unsure where to start.
The National Genealogy Society (https://www.ngsgenealogy.org/) is an organization that provides a large inventory of resources, search guides, and tools for both starting and advancing a genealogy project. Some of the resources include conferences, training and books.
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These are some helpful articles for Irish Genealogy from IrelandXO. It is recommended to sign up for the website to be able to receive emails with articles and tips about researching Irish genealogy. Some helpful articles include:
“How to Research Historical Irish Church Records”
“Irish Naming Conventions and Baptism Traditions”
“Ten FAQs About Irish Marriage Records”