Do you have Irish Ancestry? Join us in the Irish Roots Project!

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Starting a new thread as the previous one  has over 100 answers !! 


The Irish Roots Project co-ordinates the efforts of Wikitreers who have Irish ancestry and/or would like to improve the profiles of Irish people and the Irish diaspora on Wikitree.

There has been an explosion of free Irish genealogical records in the last few years and there has never been a better time to bust those brick walls and improve the Irish profiles on Wikitree.

If you would like to join the project we would love to have you.  Please post an answer below (including your research interests and what you would like to work on) and follow the instructions on the project page.


asked Mar 22 in Requests for Project Volunteers by Maria Maxwell G2G6 Pilot (109,930 points)
I would love to join your project!  McHenry and Darsey irish here.  :)  please add me! Thabks
Hi Amanda and welcome to the Irish Roots Project.
I would love to join the Irish Roots Project.  My Grandparents came here to U.S. from Ireland in the early 1900's.  I have spent hours tracing my Irish Roots and just recently found (part of) my great-great grandparents names.  (McKinley)
Hi Helen and welcome to the Irish Roots Project.   Good luck with your research.

32 Answers

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Researching my paternal and maternal Irish Roots
answered Mar 23 by Vickie Bryant G2G Crew (320 points)
Hi Vickie and welcome to the Irish Roots Project.   Good luck with your research.
I would like to join the Irish Project. I have Irish ancestors on my Mother's side and in my Husband's family.
Hi nearly missed your post !   Welcome to the Irish Roots Project Mary Ellen.
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I'd love to join this project. According to my DNA, I'm 41% Irish....I've always thought I was part leprechaun. :)  Thanks, Maureen
answered Mar 25 by Maureen Deegan G2G2 (2,450 points)
Hi Maureen and welcome to the Irish Roots Project.
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I have Irish ancestors on both sides of my family and want to learn more
answered Mar 31 by Mary Tomlinson G2G Crew (630 points)
Hi Mary,  welcome to WikiTree and to the Irish Roots Project.
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According to my DNA test I'm 55% Irish but I haven't found any documentation to connect me with Ireland other than some of my surnames that appear on those Irish Surname maps. Perhaps this project will shed some light on my Irish roots.

Kind regards,

answered Mar 31 by Gary Parriott G2G Crew (320 points)
Hi Gary,   So that I can welcome you to the Irish Roots Project I need you to sign our honour code.  It's just a click.  See   In the meantime feel free to explore our external resources page to help with your research.

Sometimes death certs and census returns in the "new" country are a good source of info re where in Ireland your ancestors came from.  Look to see where their neighbours came from for a possible hint too.    Good luck with your research.
Hi again Gary and a warm welcome to the Irish Roots Project.
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I'm trying to locate each end of my family and my Irish roots are obviously very important to me!
answered Apr 1 by James McGuire G2G1 (1,100 points)
Hi James and welcome to the Irish Roots Project.
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My Fifth Great Grandfather was William Berry Blackstock-08.

He was born in Belfast in 1710 and was the first of that line to "come across" and I would like to find out more!
answered Apr 2 by Michael Jordan G2G1 (1,400 points)
Hi Michael and welcome to the Irish Roots Project.  Good luck with your research.
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I have Irish ancestors on both sides of my family.  Thanks!
answered Apr 3 by Clark Campbell G2G Crew (390 points)
Hi Clark, welcome to WikiTree and to the Irish Roots Project.
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I have Irish Roots! I have a family genealogy book that was published in 1984 that traces back to 1780 and County Tyronne, Ireland. I just got on Wikitree and have a ton of data entry to do. But the facts are in the book and I hope to prove more with updated pictures and proof. (The author just died in September but I hope to continue the work.)
answered Apr 3 by Christie Buckley G2G Crew (820 points)
Hi Christie,  welcome to WikiTree and to the Irish Roots Project.   Have fun !!
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My name is Frank Walsh. I have 100% Irish ancestry. I have traced my ancestors back to County Kilkenny, Ireland but I cannot find any birth records since there are none in the particular parish in question for the years of interest. I am interested in researching Irish records for a number of surnames in Ireland.
answered Apr 3 by Frank Walsh G2G Crew (670 points)
Hi Frank and welcome to the Irish Roots Project.  Good luck with your research.
100% would be unusual, I think. Did you have your DNA tested?
Yes, YDNA67 and atDNA of my daughter and sister. When I say 100% Irish I refer to my family's (Walsh) line from The Rower parish, County Kilkenny and Carrick on Suir, County Waterford. I don't pay much heed to FTDNA's origins estimates.
Your way ahead of me in determining your Irish roots. I'm stalled at my great-grandparents, Dennis Sullivan and Elizabeth (Malone) Sullivan. I know that they were both born in Ireland, but I have no idea where.

Based on my DNA, I'm 47% Ireland/Scotland/Wales.and 17% Europe West.
No not way ahead, just lucky. Family tradition has it that my Great Great grandparents were buried "near the fence" in Belvedere Cemetry in St. John's. After many searches I found the gravestone of Patrick and Mary Walsh with approprriate dates and County origins. Subsequent searches of the RC Basilica marriage and baptismal records gave me their native Parishes and children. As I said, just lucky.
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I am specifically interested in the surname Parnell, and I have tons of information that could be added, with good sources.  I am fairly new, so I'm trying to do things properly, and not step on any toes, however, I do see many errors and poor source links.  Also, I'll add that most of what I have is pre-1900.  Is there anyone else working on Parnell lines in Ireland?  I also have the jump across from England pre-1700, for the famous Parnell line, (poet Thomas, Sir John, CSP, etc.) and I will be pursuing that, but I guess that's a different project.

Thanks, Cliff
answered Apr 4 by Cliff Parnell G2G1 (1,630 points)
Hi Cliff, welcome to WikiTree and to the Irish Roots Project.   For the England Project see
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Research has brought me just over 4600 ancestors. 29% are Irish/Scot/Welsh. Some royalty and want to learn more. Maybe I can help others too.

answered Apr 4 by Christopher StJohn G2G2 (2,000 points)
Hi Christopher and welcome to the Irish Roots Project.
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I am trying to fill in the blanks on the family tree for my children.

I have Irish on my mother's side (trying to locate the actual line) and my husband has Irish on his sides.
answered Apr 4 by Chontae Feldman G2G Crew (450 points)
Hi Chontae and welcome to the Irish Roots Project.  Good luck with your research.
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I am the second great-grandson of Dennis Sullivan and Elizabeth Malone who were born in Ireland in the early 1800's.  I don't know where they lived in Ireland, so this is a brick wall I'm trying to break.  Also, my DNA testing shows that I'm 47% Ireland/Scotland/Wales ancestry.
answered Apr 4 by John Sullivan G2G Crew (540 points)
Hi John and welcome to the Irish Roots Project.   Good luck with your research.
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Hello everyone, I'm from the province of Québec, Canada, and am very proud of my Irish roots on my maternal side (according to AncestryDNA, I'm 32 % Irish). I know that my Irish ancestor (John McCaughan) came to Montréal from Co. Antrim in 1820, but have had so far no luck in finding his family in Ireland. Hope I will be able to make some progress.
answered Apr 4 by DianeV
Hi Diane,   looks like you were not logged into WikiTree when you made your post.   Can you let me know your WikiTree ID so that I can take your request forward.   Many thanks. Maria
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Hi all, I would like to be included in the Irish Roots project. I have a deep connection on my paternal side. And a mystery on a possible surname change sometime around 1820. I visited Rossnacaheragh on the Muintervara peninsula where all my relatives absconded from in the 1870's  this past summer looking for clues, but no luck. Thank you Andrew Sullivan
answered Apr 4 by Tim Sullivan G2G Rookie (290 points)
Hi Tim and welcome to the Irish Roots Project.
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I’m researching my maternal paternal side which is linked to Ireland. Any help is welcomed. I am looking forward to learning more.
answered Apr 4 by Teresa Smith G2G Rookie (290 points)

Hi Teresa and welcome to the Irish Roots Project.  See for a wealth of Irish research sources.   Good luck.

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Hi all!

I've been proven to be 59% Irish, which coincides with all the Golden, Lynch, Lee, Barry, Fitzgerald, Keegan, Flanagan, Nolan, O'Brien, Dease, Plunkett, Nangle, Nugents running around my family tree!

I'm descended from Earls and Barons and Baronets and Knights in Co. Meath, Westmeath and Kildare as well as lots of plain ol' commoners in the same areas as well as Roscommon and Cork and who knows where else.

Patrick Golden and wife, Mary McDonough immigrants from Boyle, Roscommon, Ireland.


Edward Lee, son of immigrants from Co. Cork, Ireland to Ontario, Canada.  He emigrated from Ontario to New Haven, Indiana in 1850



So I'd definitely like to join the Irish Roots Project!



answered Apr 4 by Liz Carson G2G Crew (800 points)
edited Apr 5 by Maria Maxwell
Oops!  Sorry.  I don't know how the photos came out so large - nor how to make them smaller.  :)
Hi Liz and welcome to the Irish Roots Project.   I managed to re-size the images.   Great photos.
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Hello, I'd like to join.  My main focus is the Maharees, Castlegregory, County Kerry (but I work on the whole Dingle Peninsula too!), and Courtmachserry & Timoleague/Clonakilty, County Cork (and the surrounds).  The surnames in particular are McCarthy (landowners) and O'Driscoll (pirates!).

Thank you,

Sheila (McCarthy-2108)
answered Apr 6 by Sheila McCarthy G2G2 (2,090 points)
Good morning Sheila,   I see Maggie has sorted your badge.   A warm welcome to the Irish Roots Project.
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I'm currently researching my Riley and Trainer/Traynor lines. A couple of my others are Fitzpatrick and Breckenridge. I have plenty of brick walls to get around.
answered Apr 7 by Donna Allen G2G Rookie (230 points)
Hi Donna and welcome to the Irish Roots Project.
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Researching my maternal great great grandmother who was born in Ireland and settled in Quebec, Canada. I have found more information on this site than ever before so am hoping I will finally get to know more about her. Very exciting!
answered Apr 7 by Deb
Hi Deb, I'm so glad that you found us.    You do not seem to have been logged into WikiTree when you posted your message.   Have you already joined WikiTree ?  If so can you let me know your ID please.  Good luck with your research.
Hi Maria, sorry about the oversight. This is my first time trying to navigate my way in the world of genealogy :) I believe I am now a member and it looks like my ID is 202? Thanks for your help!
Hi Deb thanks for getting back to me and welcome to WikiTree.   I've sent you a private message.

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