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Today almost 80 million people worldwide have Irish ancestry. Many are looking to Ireland for clues as to where their ancestors came from, but did you know that here in Ireland we're also wondering what became of our cousins who took the boat?  

So, for #IrishHeritageMonth we are inviting you to give your Irish ancestors a shout-out telling us where they settled, when, and what you know about where they came from. Let's see if we can't reconnect and discover more in time for Paddy's Day!

Sharing what we know helps researchers on both sides of the pond connect the dots. 

Help us help you #BringTheirMemoryHome to Ireland. 

As soon as the details you share are published (by our moderator) your ancestor becomes discoverable to others searching for a match on the worldwide web (including local volunteers and long lost cousins!) Here's how it works

BROWSE  Irish Ancestors Database

How do I share my Ancestor's details?

LEARN MORE Ancestor's Masterclass

I don't know where in Ireland my Ancestor came from ... help!

You don't need to know what county your ancestor was from in order to add her/him to our Ancestor Chronicles.

  • Just type "Ireland XO" instead of a county or parish when prompted.

BROWSE  Irish Ancestors Database

Already added your ancestor?

Did you tag where your ancestor emigrated? Our new "Place of Migration" filter can help you search for possible relatives by destination (as well as in Ireland).

So if it's been a while, be sure to update it as follows:

Ready to add your Irish ancestor?

To add your Ancestor to our database now, click the button below:

  • If you're not already a member, click GET-STARTED to join us... it's FREE!

READ MORE Finding Ancestors in Ireland



We hope you have found the information we have shared helpful. While you are here, we have a small favour to ask. Ireland Reaching Out is a non-profit organisation that relies on public funding and donations to ensure a completely free family history advisory service to anyone of Irish heritage who needs help connecting with their Irish place of origin. If you would like to support our mission, please click on the donate button and make a contribution. Any amount, big or small, is appreciated and makes a difference. 

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