What an exciting time it is for Irish descendants in the U.S. and around the world!

The recent explosion of online genealogy records has made access to family history records possible from the comfort of one’s home. As a result, the new-found myriad of records and DNA test results have ignited a renewed interest by both Irish and Irish Americans in discovering their “roots.” Finding one’s Irish ancestors can indeed be a very exciting adventure.

However, tracing Irish ancestors in Ireland continues to be an extremely challenging task despite the availability of online records.

On June 30, 1922, the Public Records Office in Dublin was burned during the Irish Civil War. Records lost in the fire included the 1821, 1831, 1841 and 1851 Ireland Censuses, over half of all Church of Ireland Registers, the majority of wills and testamentary records, and pre-1900 legal court documents.

The loss of so many historic Irish records created many gaps of time during which it is very difficult to find Irish records online. Once online resources are exhausted, it becomes necessary to find someone who can “swing into action” in Ireland and search for records that only exist in places such as libraries, archives, historical societies, churches, and graveyards.

As a result, Old Friends Genealogy, LLC, and Irish Clann Connections have joined forces in an effort to bridge the gap between “chasing” Irish American ancestors in the U.S. and Ireland. Old Friends Genealogy is based in the U.S. and is the business name for genealogy researchers Kate and Mike Lancor. Irish Clann Connections is based in Ireland and is the business of genealogist Eilish Feeley.

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