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Discover what IrelandXO can do for you by following our 'How To' videos below

IrelandXO User Guide Videos

Since 2009, we have helped thousands of Irish people discover the history of their families and reconnect with their parish of origin. Our website is dedicated to helping anyone of Irish descent connect with their roots in Ireland. To get the most from our website follow our tips below.

1. Find and Explore your Ancestral County and Parish. 

Every civil parish in Ireland has a dedicated page on our website where you can explore the ancestors, buildings, and timelines associated with that particular parish. Check out our video below to find and join your parish and keep in touch with the descents of the same place living in Ireland and all over the world. There are more than 2,500 individual community groups on IrelandXO! You can join any one that you have a connection or interest in, and as many groups as you like. 

2. Explore and Contribute to our Ancestor Database

Our members continue to help us build our archive of Irish ancestors. Today there are just over 20,000 ancestor profiles available to browse in our database. You can explore ancestors by county, parish, place of immigration, and even by Family name!

We've had many stories of families connecting via a shared ancestor profile so we encourage anyone with details of their ancestors to share them with fellow members.  We encourage all members to continue to document the stories of their ancestors for future generations of the Irish Diaspora.

3. Post and Search our Message Board 

The IrelandXO message board contains more than 40,000 message board posts and replies. Every day our volunteers up and down the country and many international volunteers are helping people find our more about their Irish family history. You can search the message board by county and parish and we may already hold the key to connecting you with your ancestors. You can search the entire archives by going to the main IrelandXO page and inserting your key search terms - perhaps a family name or a townland.

Audrey, contacted us on the message board looking for more information about the McNulty side of her family. Our volunteer Mick was kind enough to drive to the homestead her ancestors descended from! Watch the video below!

5. Keep in touch via your Personalised MyIrelandXO Dashboard

Every member has their own personalised My IrelandXO dashboard, where all their messages, ancestors and preferences are stored. Make sure you a fully registered and logged in to access your dashboard.

4. Keep an eye on our most recent News Articles

Every week we send our members two newsletters, these vary from articles on genealogy tips to stories of famous Irish ancestors to accounts of historical events. Sign up to receive these newsletters here. Make sure you pop over to Facebook page, give us a like and be part of the conversation.

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Below are some of our most recent newsletter articles;

We will be adding more videos all the time, so if you would like to suggest a video regarding how to use the IrelandXO website, please let us know by emailing

We hope you have found the information we have shared helpful. While you are here, we have a small favour to ask. Ireland Reaching Out is a non-profit organisation that relies on public funding and donations to ensure a completely free family history advisory service to anyone of Irish heritage who needs help connecting with their Irish place of origin. If you would like to support our mission, please click on the donate button and make a contribution. Any amount, big or small, is appreciated and makes a difference. 

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