Genealogy Tours of Ireland
The Great Irish Famine of the 1840’s, which saw over two million people leave home soil in search of a better life, rendered emigration an everyday occurrence in Irish family life. Times have changed, but emigration, whether for economic reasons or simply a quest for adventure, remains something of a rite of passage for Ireland’s youth. It is little wonder then that the Irish diaspora spreads far and wide, with over eighty million people worldwide claiming to be of Irish descent. Of this eighty million, over thirty million Americans can trace their roots back to the green, green grass of home. Of course, there’s never been a better time to trace those Irish roots: Ireland is something of a world leader in genealogy, with multiple online resources, such as extensive census records and the Civil Registration Index of births, marriages and deaths available to help you trace your roots and grow your family tree.
Get in Touch with Your Irish Roots with a Tailor-Made Ireland Vacation
Tracing your origins online is all well and good, but nothing beats the truly authentic experience of setting foot on home soil. As a country that embraces its history and preserves its natural beauty above all else, making the trip to Ireland feels like following in your ancestors footsteps and taking a step back in time.
If you’ve decided to trace your Irish genealogy, then you’re in good company. The tradition of tracing Irish genealogy is believed to date back to the ancient Irish kings who, upon inauguration, would have their ancestry recited in order to establish a hereditary right to rule. Nowadays, you’re more likely to get your genealogy fix on television, via TV programmes such as ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ than in a king’s court, but the fact remains, that from ancient times to modern, genealogy is a point of interest for one and all.
What’s in a name?
From Byrne to O’ Brien, Ireland has a plethora of traditional surnames, each with a distinctive history, not to mention some very interesting meanings. Here are some of the more popular traditional Irish surnames, to help you on your search.
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