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Old 10-27-2008, 01:36 PM   #1
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Default Irish Roots! Looking for my virtual shovel.....

....to start tracing them down that is. Would like to do this via internet if possible but, not absolutely required. I'd like to do this without paying a fee tho' fer sho'.

A long time ago my brother traced our lineage back to Ireland. He managed to shake the leaves off of our family tree enough to find out our clan name, crest, and colors. Well, he is gone now and that information has gone with him.

Oddly enough, without intent, I have managed to give both my boys Gealic names and have thought it might be cool to trace our roots thus giving the names even more solidarity, per se. Also, I am playing with a new name for my brewery (as you can see in my sig, translation corrections welcome) A few Googles pooped up links of places that will gladly take my cash to "generate" a lineage for me. I don't trust this.

So, where do I start? I don't have a clue where to begin but, I am confident there is someone here that has done this and has some tips and possibly some warnings. I am eager to read them.

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Old 10-27-2008, 02:40 PM   #2
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What part of Ireland is your family from?

How far back can you get now?

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You could try genealogy.com a cousin of mine traced our roots back to 1500 in England and I believe that he used that site. If nothing else there could be someone else out there from you family that has traced your history and would be willing to share.

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Old 10-27-2008, 03:14 PM   #4
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What part of Ireland is your family from?

How far back can you get now?
I honestly don't know. Prior to my brothers findings, I didn't even know we had any roots in Ireland. Any and all info he found was taken with him. This was a long time ago that he traced it, well before I cared anything about our lineage. I remember seeing the kilts he made and the crest he kept in an album but it was so long a go the details are gone. Best I can remember now is that the kilt was plaid. Duh!

As for how far back I have gotten, I haven't. Don;t know where to start except a google. I will try the geneaology.com thing and see where that leads me.
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Also try finding your oldest living relative and ask! You be amazed at how simple that can be yet it can release an amount of information without going through agencies...

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Plan your next vacation to Washington DC, and go through the National Archives. That's where my aunt put my family's lineage together.

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Ive spent the last year to year and a half tracing my family and as far as free sites go this one has helped the most
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Talked to Gramma on Mum's side. Turns out I have a cousin I have never met that has been doing the same for about 3 years now. Supposedly has a Redwood (meaning huge) of a Family tree put together. Gramma is gonna have her send me the stuff.

Maybe that will get me somehwere. Maybe it'll show me more than I want to know.

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Talked to Gramma on Mum's side. Turns out I have a cousin I have never met that has been doing the same for about 3 years now. Supposedly has a Redwood (meaning huge) of a Family tree put together. Gramma is gonna have her send me the stuff.

Maybe that will get me somehwere. Maybe it'll show me more than I want to know.
I did find a skeleton in our closet But I also found out that the Grandfather my Mom had been told growing up was dead, really wasn't. At least not when they said he was. Turned out he took off just after the birth of my Mom's dad and lived a fairly long life.
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I did find a skeleton in our closet But I also found out that the Grandfather my Mom had been told growing up was dead, really wasn't. At least not when they said he was. Turned out he took off just after the birth of my Mom's dad and lived a fairly long life.
Yeah. I already know out of the gate that it will get "interesting" regarding my mothers side. With any luck the cousin's data will get me through a lot of the confusion.

As I was growing my grandparent always told stories about name changes because some early ancestors were horse theives. There have also been a lot of stories regarding "slave relations" in barns. So, I fully expect to see a lot of twists and turns in this tree.
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