Irish Immigration and Genealogy

‘Most countries send out oil or iron, steel or gold, or some other crop, but Ireland has had only one export and that is its people’

John F. Kennedy on his presidential visit to Ireland 1963

Ireland, for a small country has been more affected by emigration over the last two centuries than any other European Country.  Since 1800 approximately ten million people have emigrated from Ireland.  It is quite fascinating and curious as it includes many reasons for such emigration – pre-independence, religion, poverty, dissention and famine. The emigration of so many during the Famine 1845-55 led to the establishment of communities in Canada and particularly significant communities in the United States. No other European country contributed as many emigrants to this fascinating ‘New World’ between the mid-nineteenth century and the start of the First World War as Ireland did.  Today such networks of Irish-American communities are thought to be some 34 million people – according to the 2013 American Community Survey.

Your introduction to Genealogy will be provided exclusively by Ireland’s leading Genealogist – Mr Paddy Waldron (CIGO). Mr Waldron is a leading authority on Ancestry, Genetics & DNA.  

Mr Waldron’s lecture on Irish descendancy and genealogy will include how to marry oral family history, documentary records and DNA evidence to recreate a family’s history, with examples of success stories.  He will whet your appetite to discover your origins!

We advise you to do your genealogy homework.  The results of a search can only be as good as the input available.  We will assist you as much as possible during your tour and on your return home.  For further information and advise please email us on info@wildatlanticwaydaytours.com quoting Genealogy