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Let's start your journey at the beginning.  It all begins with you.  These articles are suggestions for gathering information about your ancestors. 
This section is an introduction to genealogy. It includes core genealogical information, record sources, and research strategies.
Strategies for researching Irish ancestors are primarily the same as those used by genealogists worldwide. Before you begin your research, here is information to help you get started and organized.
  • The Introduction to Genealogy article is a guide to get you started.  It covers a methodology that begins with yourself, work from the present to the past, keep records of your search, organize your results, share your results with others and continue to learn.
  • Begin Your Irish Research is an article about gathering information about your ancestors.  It outlines a methodology to begin researching your ancestors.  Included are topics such as, information about how to define who you looking for, where you should look for information and what makes up a picture of your ancestors.
  • IGSI’s June 2023 webinar was Challenges in Irish Family Research:  Brick Wall Panel.  Here is Tom Rice’s excellent brick wall introduction.  Tom points out that, “ Most situations or genealogy problems are not true brick walls but rather a failure on the researcher’s part.”  The article covers a strategy, sources for learning about your ancestor’s specific time and place and tips for successful research.
To enhance your learning, we have created a resource page of valuable websites, articles of interest, blogs, podcasts, Facebook groups, videos and a bookshelf.  There are suggestions for interviewing relatives, how to date pictures and information to get you started.  Check it out here: Start Here - Links.