It is well known that research into Irish family history is not always easy. Some valuable records have been lost, others start too late for your purposes and those you can find are difficult to read. Don't worry! Here we hope to share some advice and show you that family history research is enjoyable and worthwhile, and most importantly not at all as difficult as you might think. 

A Guide to Using the IrelandXO Website

Our goal is to try to identify the townland, parish and county where your ancestors lived - we are not a genealogical service but our volunteers are here to offer advice when the

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Roman Catholic records

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Marriage Record, Cork, Ireland

Ireland's Global Diaspora

The Irish nation cherishes its special affinity with people of Irish ancestry living abroad who share its cultural identity and heritage.

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Irish Emigrants arriving in Ellis Island New York

Genealogy Advice

The tips below are designed to offer you some basic advice in the search for your Irish ancestors. If you are coming to Ireland as part of your vacation and you intend doing some research, the following tips will be useful.

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What is a Parish?

In Ireland, people most readily identify themselves with their Parish. It is how school and religious systems are generally organised. Parishes often ignore the boundaries of Towns and Counties, making them more specific to the local Community.  In the 19th Century, emigrants from Ireland usually named their Parish as their point of origin and Ireland Reaching Out seeks to connect their descendants back to that same place.

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Religious Organisations

Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland Parishes are administered by Dioceses.  Every Diocese now has its own website and you can click on the links below to find out more about the Church-led initiatives in your Parish.


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Family History Research Useful Information

Access to records, archives and heritage information have dramatically increased in recent years with many state bodies digitising documents and images, promoting their awareness, and sharing them online with the public. Here are a selection of the best genealogical sources and repositories when carrying out your Irish family history research.

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Parish Survey

Document the emigrants who left your community and trace their living descendents all over the world today.

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Researching Records

Researching Parish Records

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