In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Ancestry.com hosted a free webinar "Finding your Irish Ancestors in America and Ireland". I have quite a few Irish ancestors and I've been looking forward to this webinar.
The description of the presentation from Ancestry.com: "In this two-part class, team taught by Loretto “Lou” Szucs and Eileen Ó Dúill, you’ll learn how to find your family in America, what you’ll need to follow them back to Irish records and what tricks you can use to learn more once you get there."
The first half of the presentation was lead by Loretto Szucs and went over the numerous records available to US Ancestry.com members for researching their Irish ancestors and key research tips. What I learned:
* Naturalization records prior to 1906 have very little biographical information.
* Pay attention to the names of witnesses on naturalization records, you might see these names again!
* To find burial records in Ireland or the US, a local historical or genealogical society may have indexed cemetery records.
* Use the card catalog to see what special record collections may be available for your specific research.
Examples: Emigrant Savings Bank, Voter Registration, Local Histories
The second half of the webinar was conducted by Irish Genealogist Eileen O Duill. I really enjoyed her presentation. What I learned:
* Importance of knowing the County your Irish Ancestors came from, many detailed records are held at the county level.
* In 1922 the majority of Irish public records were housed in Dublin at the Four Courts Building, and during the crossfire of Civil War the building was set afire and most public documents were lost.
* On a brighter note, during a time of prosperity the Irish Government had the entire 1901 and the 1911 census for all 32 counties digitized and made available online. You can search these records on Ancestry.com with a worldwide membership or for free at the National Archives of Ireland.
* With a worldwide ancestry.com membership you can browse thousands of glass plate negative images (1870-1910) from the Lawrence Collection.
I've had recent luck tracing my Irish ancestors, finding many potential siblings of my great grandfather Samuel Shaw who have stayed in Ireland! This specific Irish genealogy comes from County Down, Ireland. I've shared a picture passed down to me, it's of my great grandfather Samuel Shaw who came from Ireland abt. 1874, holding my grandmother abt 1917! More to come on my Irish roots. I'll also be at the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade tomorrow, pictures to follow.