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 in Requests for Project Volunteers by Maria Maxwell G2G6 Pilot (133k points)
I would like to join. I am Newport Mayo OMalley, Hannigan, Gilmartin, Manning, Masterson, Bracken (for a friend), Fitzgerald just for starters! So many brick walls in Ireland. I have imported a GEDCOM from Ancestry but am just starting to find my way around WIKITREE. I added a few unsourced in the source-a-thon. But had to go back and watch the videos again to remember how to do it. And happy to help with orphans, too.
Hi! I'm interested in joining this project. My father's side comes primarily from County Louth and County Monaghan.
Hi Beth,  Sorry for the delay in picking up your post.   Welcome to the Irish Roots Project.
Hi Melanie and welcome to the Irish Roots Project.

I would like to join and give whatever help that I can. I have Irish Roots being born, reared and still living in Northern Ireland.

Thanks, Jill.
Hi Jill welcome to the Irish Roots Project and thanks for your offer of help !!  Most appreciated.    There are always questions on G2G from WikiTreers seeking advice.   Perhaps you could help with some of these.   

Also we have to change our current county categories over to free space projects.   Would you like to do this for one (or two !!)  of the NI counties. you are interested in ?
I a just back from Ireland where I looked U usefully for my g g grandfather Patrick Morrissey. He was born around 1803 and was a hero in the Carrickshick Incivent in 1837. He came to Newfoundland, Canada nd lived to be 80

I'm so jealous, Hope you had a great time and congrats on finding Patrick. It got me looking and the Tithe_War_1831-1836 category wasn't created yet, so I made one. The Carrickshock Incident was part of it. You can add Patrick to it. I'm interested to see his story.

I would like to join the Irish Roots project. I have Irish roots on both my maternal and paternal lines, including surnames Carroll, Corcoran, O’Brien, McLaughlin, Lane/Lean, and Barrett; and a special interest in Counties Cork and Kilkenny.
Hi Kathy,  sorry for the delay in picking up your post !    Welcome to the Irish Roots Project and good luck with your research.

123 Answers

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Researching my paternal and maternal Irish Roots
answered by Vickie Wooley G2G Crew (380 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 by Maureen Deegan G2G3 (3.5k 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 by Mary Tomlinson G2G Crew (850 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 by Gary Parriott G2G Crew (380 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 by James McGuire G2G1 (1.3k 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 by Michael Jordan G2G3 (3k 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 by Clark Campbell G2G Crew (480 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 by Christie Buckley G2G Crew (940 points)
Hi Christie,  welcome to WikiTree and to the Irish Roots Project.   Have fun !!
Do you have any connections to the Buchanan surname in County Tyrone?
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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 by Frank Walsh G2G Crew (790 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 by Cliff Parnell G2G1 (1.7k 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 by Christopher StJohn G2G2 (2.7k 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 by Chontae Feldman G2G1 (1k 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 by John Sullivan G2G Crew (700 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.
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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 by Tim Sullivan G2G Crew (350 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 by Teresa Smith G2G Crew (350 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 by Liz Carson G2G1 (1.2k points)
edited 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 by Sheila McCarthy G2G2 (2.2k 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 by Donna Allen G2G Crew (320 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 by
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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