Irish Origins is a blog of Irish Heritage, Genealogy, Culture and a linkpendium of FREE resources to help trace Irish ancestry at home and abroad
According to Wikipedia… ‘Since 1700 between 9 and 10 million people born in Ireland have emigrated. This is more than the population of Ireland at its historical peak in the 1840s of 8.5 million. The poorest of them went to Great Britain, especially Liverpool those who could afford it, almost 5 million, went to the United States
After 1840, emigration from Ireland became a massive, relentless, and efficiently managed national enterprise. In 1890 40% of Irish-born people were living abroad. By the 21st century, an estimated 80 million people worldwide claimed some Irish descent; which includes more than 36 million Americans who claim Irish as their primary ethnicity’
Tracing these generations, whether back to Ireland or to where they settled is one giant jigsaw puzzle. Genealogy is a minefield of databases, maps, dates, names, guesswork, confusion, dedicated research and pure chance!!
Irish Records are scarce, with little conformity and continuity in the ones available, intensifying the above statement exponentially
The posts and information including all the links to FREE Genealogy Resources on this site will help dispel any confusion when beginning to trace Irish ancestors and in some way, help those who try to complete the puzzles
Much of the data in the linked websites has been compiled by enthusiastic amateur genealogists / historians / lovers of their past. There is no tribute too great for the hours / days / years they have committed to gathering / collating and publishing this information. The purpose of Irish Origins is to gather links to this information and make it available through this site in the same manner as it was initially gathered