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.
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.