Shaking Your Family Tree in Ireland
Many of us who wear the green on St. Patrick's day have heard stories about our Irish ancestors our whole lives—with over ten times as many Irish descendants living outside of Ireland as in (an estimated 70 million), it's not surprising that Ireland throws the doors to the homeland wide open for genealogically motivated travelers. Nearly every county and major town has established genealogy and heritage centers to help you piece together the past, imagine what life was like for your relatives, and even reconnect with long-lost family. If you can match a surname to a place, the National Archives in Dublin is an excellent source of information with census and property records going back for centuries. Or just leave the research and planning to the pros and book a custom genealogy tour of your family's ancestral towns.