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

Where Did The Irish Settle In Chicago? (Explained)

Irish immigrants were a major part of building the early settlements of Chicago into the city that it is today. Where did the Irish first settle in Chicago? And how and where did they expand as the city grew? This article goes right back to take a look at the first wave of Irish immigrants. … Read more

Civil Registration Districts Of Ireland

When you start researching your Irish ancestry, you’ll start to become familiar with the civil registration districts in Ireland. This is how the official registration of births, marriages, and deaths is organized. This article gives you the full list of Irish civil registration districts ordered by province and county. But first, we’ll give some background … Read more