|The Moynahan siblings: Left to Right: "Paddy", Kelly and Cindi (c. 1963)|
Links to Our Logistics Planning
|Destination: Southwest Ireland|
- Make A Travel Budget. The complete funds for this trip are being provided by our generous brother but we are planning as frugally and cost effectively as possible. We agreed to personally assume the costs for our own meals, attractions etc.. That left the trilogy of travel expenses to be budgeted: flight, car and accommodations. Family Tree has the best "Genealogy Trip" worksheets for budgeting:
- Family Tree Magazine - Research Trip Budget Worksheet (you have to provide your email to receive the sheet but it's worth it)
- The BEST times to go to Ireland? Well that all depends. According to Frommer's, Spring and Fall (Autumn) are the best times to visit Ireland. Other factors like costs and crowd density are also effected by the time of year you visit.
- Irish Weather: There’s no avoiding the rain in Ireland no matter what time of the year you land on its shores (so we best have rain gear!) But we need to know the temperature for packing so we rely upon the AccuWeather Channel (and short-term forecasts are viewable at Met Éireann)
- Public Holidays and Holy Days in Ireland: We thought it best to avoid these times of year because many businesses and attractions would likely be closed. (Added bonus: Gaelic calendar)
- Festivals and celebrations in Ireland: It's the luck of the Irish if your travel plans can meet up with and Irish festival or celebration!! Rick Steve's provides a list for 2019
- We agreed to support unionized/nationalized airlines. Air Canada is our airline of choice here in Canada and we researched all of the other airlines operating from Canada to Ireland. Researching airlines (airline safety, quality and cost comparisons) was harder than expected https://www.airlineratings.com/airline-ratings/
- The tickets are booked ! We are halfway there! Now the fun begins (Steps 5-9)
- Driving: How to Master Driving in Ireland (as a tourist!)
- Distances and roads: Unlike America, we wont be relying on GPS and Siri to guide us! Maps of Ireland are needed for planning our road trip
- Gasoline: "Petro"
- 7 Tips for Renting a Car in Ireland (Beware #6)
- The collaborative itinerary will combine genealogy and sightseeing.
- Solicit recommendations from friends
- Each county has it's "must-sees". We made a list
- Family Tree Magazine - Research Trip Packing List (you have to provide your email)
- What to Wear in Ireland: A Packing Checklist for the Emerald Isle!
- The little things: like electric power adapters, currency,
Three things that I did when I learned that we were going to be visiting Ireland: (1.) I upgraded my ancestry.ca account (temporarily); (2.) I subscribed to John Grenham's Irish Roots and (3.) I registered at Ireland XO
- Finding our Bowler/Brennan Ancestors in Co. Kerry
- Finding our Broderick Ancestors in Co. Clare
- Finding our Hussey Ancestors on Co. Galway
- Finding our Coughlin & Duffy Ancestors in Ireland
- Finding our Moynahan Ancestors in Co. Kerry
- Finding our Roach Ancestors in Co.Cork
- The Flight
- Arriving In Dublin
- Road Trip Day 1
- Road Trip Day 2
- Road Trip Day 3
- Road Trip Day 4
- Road Trip Day 5
- Road Trip Day 6
- Driving Back to Dublin
- Last Day in Dublin
- Heading Home
Planning A Genealogy Trip To Ireland
- http://www.celticquest.net/ Celtic Quest, LLC, organizes genealogical research trips to Ireland’s archives and repositories.
- My Ireland Tour My Ireland Tour offer private tours of Ireland and Northern Ireland, customized to your specific interests and requirements.
Finding Your Ancestors Town
- 10 Tips for Finding Your Ancestor’s Town
- "Tracking Irish generations in land valuation records", by Richard M. Doherty (Page 54)
- Irish Genealogy Toolkit For those who don't know the exact location of the ancestral home – and they make up a sizeable proportion of the descendants of emigrants – this is the first and biggest stumbling block they encounter.
- Hunt For The Townland Part I: You know the county but not the townland. Pin down your Irish ancestry origins.
- Next steps for your ancestry research: Your Irish ancestry research can really start to move on apace once you have a strong sense of the direction, the real geographical direction, it should take. At this stage you can start learning about the place of origin of your Irish ancestor.
Maps of Ireland & Placename Databases
- https://www.logainm.ie/ga/ the Placenames Database of Ireland (launched in 2008), developed by Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge (DCU) and The Placenames Branch (Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht).
- Placenames searchable index of the 1851 General Alphabetical Index to the Townlands and Towns, parishes and Baronies of Ireland along with street listings from Dublin, Cork and Belfast cities
- Placenames and Surnames John Grenham Search Tool
- Townland Search Page searchable database of all the towns and townlands in Ireland used for the 1851 cenus, detailing the County, Barony, Civil Parish, Poor Law Union and Province for that town or townland
- Early Irish Maps c.1558 – c.1610 National Archives collection of early maps of Ireland, created when land ownership was transferring from the native Irish to English settlers, $ to download maps
- Townland of Origin blog (2013-2017) archived online - still a great resource
Connecting With Irish Locals
- Ireland XO
- Local Genealogy Societies in Ireland
- Local Historical Societies in Ireland
- Local Libraries In Ireland
Connecting With Experts on Irish Genealogy
- Claire Santry's Irish Genealogy News - The most up to date reporting
- John Grenham's Irish Roots - An often humorous commentary on the often frustrating world that is Irish genealogy
- Donna Moughty's Irish Genealogy Resources Blog - Expert posts about research sources and other observations
Understanding Irish History
- The Great Irish Famine: In Ireland, the Great Famine was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration between 1845 and 1852. It is also known, mostly outside Ireland, as the Irish Potato Famine. During the famine approximately 1 million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland, causing the island's population to fall by between 20% and 25%. The proximate cause of famine was a potato disease commonly known as potato blight.
- Travel Through The Ireland Story: Even though this site has not been updated since 2001, it has great information on the Irish Famine Years
Using Your DNA To Find Your Irish Ancestors
- Irish Origenes: Since Irish surnames can still be found concentrated in the area where they first appeared, one can examine the distribution of the surnames that appear in ones DNA results (see: surname distribution maps) and identify an area common to all and pinpoint a ‘Genetic Homeland.’ The Genetic Homeland is the very small area, usually within a 5 mile radius where one’s ancestors lived for hundreds if not thousands of years.
- Genetic Genealogy Ireland: presentations from the 2015 conference
- Index of FREE Irish Genealogy eBooks: The availability of FREE eBooks and eJournals on the internet grows by the day. This page attempts to collect them all!
- The Irish Archives http://www.theirisharchives.com/ is a family history research tool for users whose main interest is that of Irish genealogy and the search for family roots in Ireland. We've collected thousands of Irish ancestry and genealogy related links, and continue to do so on a daily basis, allocating them to dozens of suitable categories for ease of search. This is family history research made easy: no cost, point, click, and read.
- Digitized Irish Records In The Familysearch Catalog
- Census Substitutes and Putting The Pieces Together (2006)
|The Moynahan siblings dressed in period costumes (c. 1981)|
"Tar Abhaile" (Come Home)
(Read about all six episodes here: : episode 1, episode 2, episode 3, episode 4, episode 5, episode 6.)