Brian Boru – Ancestor Of The O’Brien Clan

Brian Boru was born in the first half of the 10th century and died in battle in 1014 in the Battle of Clontarf. As one of the greatest kings of Ireland, he gave his name to the O’Brien clan and many other variations of the name. This article takes you through his rise from a … Read more

Irish Nicknames For First Names

When you’re researching old documents, it’s useful to have a list of nicknames that may be recorded as a first name. The first section of this document has male Irish nicknames. The second section has female Irish nicknames. You can scroll through the lists, but you can also search for a specific name. Juse use … Read more

Workhouses In Ireland

If your ancestors experienced poverty in 19th or early 20th century Ireland, they may have had to enter a Workhouse. The Workhouses were introduced in Ireland in response to the Potato Famine of 1845. This article will give you an overview of these institutions. Why Were Workhouses Introduced In Ireland? The early decades of the … Read more

The Irish Potato Famine And Genealogy

Were your ancestors or relatives living in Ireland during the Irish Potato Famine? The failure of three annual potato crops led to the emigration of one and a half million people, mostly to the United States and Canada. The disaster plays a massive part in the family tree of so many people of Irish ancestry. … Read more