Beyond the usual problems encountered in genealogy-lost records, inaccurate indexes and transcriptions, and variant spellings (to name a few)-Irish-American research presents a unique set of obstacles. So much of Irish genealogical investigation depends on knowing the exact location of where your ancestor came from in Ireland. The prevalence of common surnames, the lack of a nationwide search capability, and faulty family tradition can make it difficult to discern your ancestor's true origins and will give anyone a genealogical headache.
Despite all these road blocks, there are ways to discover where in Ireland your ancestor came from. This Portable Genealogist will identify some common brick walls that arise in Irish research and help you develop research strategies that will ultimately lead you to a new set of records-and possibly even your ancestral homestead.
The four-page laminated guide can fit easily in your research binder.
By Marie Daly