Welcome to findmypast, the best online resource for tracing your family history. Whether your ancestors are from the UK, Ireland or elsewhere in the world, we can help you trace your roots. As you begin your journey, here are a few key ideas to help you get started:

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  1. Start with what you know. The journey to your Irish heritage begins with you. Gather information about your nearest relatives, especially your parents and grandparents. For each person, record their full name and any details you might have about their dates and places of birth, marriage, and death. You might not have exact dates, full names, or all the details just yet. This is normal at this early stage and you should be sure to record everything you know.
  2. Create your online tree. Findmypast’s online family tree allows you to enter details about each of your relatives, including photographs and other materials you might have. Add yourself first, followed by your parents. From there, start adding you grandparents, until you’ve included all of the information you’ve uncovered thus far.
  3. Search for more information. It’s likely that important information about your Irish family history is in your home or with other relatives. You may discover some crucial clues by talking to your relatives and gathering family records, such as copies of birth, marriage, or death certificates, family bibles, keepsakes and other treasures. You can also begin exploring findmypast's rich collections from Ireland and the United States. With findmypast's free 14-day trial, you can search for your parents or grandparents in the U.S. census and birth, marriage, and death collections. 

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