Tracing my Irish Ancestors Back to the Emerald Isle
One of the biggest challenges in my family tree has been pinpointing where exactly in Ireland my ancestors lived. It’s one of those unknowns that I’ve been trying to nail down for a while.
If you have Irish ancestors who came to America (particularly around the time of the Great Famine), you know just how hard it is to research.
With so many of Ireland’s civil records destroyed in the fire of 1922, we have to rely mostly on parish records and Griffiths Valuation (1848-18641) for our mid-nineteenth century research.