Guidelines for Ireland XO Volunteers when giving genealogy advice on the Message Board

Here are some simple guidelines to follow when replying to queries as an Ireland XO Volunteer.  They are designed to help you understand the scope of the free genealogy advice that can be offered, and also to observe some basic rules designed to protect the privacy of our members and Volunteers alike. These guidelines are also available to all members, so that they understand the objectives and limitations of the family history advice give on the Ireland XO message board.

 

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Volunteer User Guide: News & Events

Creating a News or Event article for your community is a superb way to promote local news and attract attention from national and International Diaspora to events happening in the area.

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Genealogy Resources

It is well known that research into Irish family history is not always easy.

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NLI Scanned Microfiche of Church Records

Message Board User Guide

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

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A pathway in Rahoon Cemetery in Galway City

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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Heritage Resources

Ireland's cultural heritage is incredibly rich, with folklore and legend brought to life every day in the buildings, ruins and natural landscape that surround us.  

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Ross Errilly Friary

Exhibitions

Heritage and Genealogy related research projects

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A view of Queenstown Harbour C1900 Library of Congress Prints and Photographs

Education and Training

The following list outlines some of the available educational courses, programmes and resources available relating to the broad study of Irish culture and heritage.

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Trinity Bust Dublin Ireland

Glossary

Here is a list of recurring terms that appear on our website. They are mainly genealogy related and may help you to define your terms of reference when conducting family history research.

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