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Irish Genealogy: A book, a webinar, blog posts and free records!

With today being St. Patrick’s Day, there is always a flurry of Irish research approaching the day. So, this year, I thought I would round up some of those articles so you can tap into to a little help for those difficult Irish ancestors. If you're quick, there's also some links to a few websites with free access to Irish records. 

Irish Genealogy Help: DIY and Pro on Genealogy Gems by Lisa Louise Cooke

Why are Irish Records so Weird? By John Grenham at John Grenham – Irish Roots. And here's a link to his webinar of the same name with  Legacy Family Tree Webinars
Don't forget John's book. It's on my bookshelf. 

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IGRS 80th Anniversary Archives - Last year was the 80th anniversary of the Irish Genealogical Research Society, and they launched a story writing project. They collected stories of readers about their favourite Irish born ancestors.  This is a round-up of those stories, tales of Irish men and women across the last 300 years. Some great insight into the lives of the Irish. 

Terri O’Connell (a good Irish lass) has an 8 Day Irish Research Series she posted last year but still quite relevant.  8 Days of Irish Research – Start here.

FindmyPast is a great a terrific resource for Irish Records. Check out A Complete Beginner’s Guide to FindMyPast Records  and 10 Things You Need to Know When Starting Irish Genealogy Research

Don’t forget our own Irish Research Page for Beginners. 

Saving a Little Green 

And if you’re not sure if you’re Irish, or just how Irish you might be, Ancestry is also offering 20% their DNA kit.

In celebration of St. Patrick’s the following websites are offering free research. Watch the ending dates, they vary. Maybe honour the day by dedicating to a day of Irish Research. 
American Ancestors, the website of the New England Historic Genealogical Service (NEHGS), is celebrating offering free access to its Irish resources from March 15-22. Included are unique databases (notably Boston Catholic parish records) and a guide to Irish genealogy. is offering free access to its Irish collection, until 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 19. 

Findmypast is making their entire collection of Irish records free until Friday, March 17 (6:59 pm CDT).  

Do you have an Irish brick wall? My Irish brick walls are Phelan and Stapleton. What are yours?