There are many ways of tracing your family’s roots in Ireland – from surfing the Internet to visiting old graveyards in areas where you think your ancestors came from. Each county in Ireland has a genealogy center manned by a professional genealogist who can assist you in tracing your Irish ancestors, identify an old homestead, locate a family gravestone or even find living relatives. All centers are affiliated with The Irish Family History Foundation , the largest online provider of family records.
Emigration spurred by poverty and famine in the 19th and 20th centuries led to the Irish putting down roots all over the world, with over 60 million people worldwide claiming Irish ancestry according to one estimate. This is quite a number considering the total Irish population of today is just 5.6 million.
In 1800 Ireland’s population was almost twice as large at that of the United States
The first Irish-Americans were the Scotch-Irish, who left the North of Ireland in the 18th century and settled in the southern United States
Of all the U.S. Presidents, 22 claim at least part Irish ancestry from Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama
Source: Tourism Ireland
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