Irish Roots

No matter how familiar a record source appears to be, it can always surprise. After decades of staring at Griffith’s Valuation, the main mid-19th c(...)

Benedict Anderson’s classic account of the history of nationalism, Imagined Communities (1982, rev. 1993) asks a simple question in its early pages: w(...)

Irish Roots

It has become too easy to take FindMyPast.ie for granted. Okay, so they have all Irish prison registers before 1924 (covering 3.6 million individuals)(...)

Irish Roots

A recently published list of the top 100 genealogy websites in the world (in the online Canadian magazine GenealogyInTime – see bit.ly/1AMsxIu) makes (...)

Irish Roots

The meat and potatoes of Irish genealogical research used to consist of hour after hour spent at a National Library microfilm reader slowly going thro(...)

For decades, public health scientists have been assuring us that the common cold is caused by our spending half the year indoors sneezing on each othe(...)

Irish Roots

In Ireland we tend to congratulate ourselves on the way we deal with death. Or, more precisely, with other people’s bereavements. There aren’t many pl(...)

Irish Roots

The revolution in online record access continues. So what can we expect in 2015?The “big one” is the arrival online of the National Library’s microfil(...)

Irish Roots

Those tea-towel maps that show the locations of Irish surnames have always seemed more than a bit absurd. Imagine giving directions based on them: “Ta(...)

In Myles na gCopaleen’s wonderful parody of Gaeltacht autobiography, An Beál Bocht (The Poor Mouth), the narrator, Gaeilgeoir Bonaparte O’Coonassa, de(...)