New to genealogy; looking for direction

+6 votes
I’m a newbie to genealogy research and would appreciate a push in the right direction! My great, great grandfather, Thomas Earley, immigrated from Ireland, according to the older generations of my family. When he came over in the 1800s, apparently immigration records were kept at the state level. Mississippi has no online records extending that far back, and I don’t know his parents’ names or city of origin. What should my next step be?
in Genealogy Help by Nikki Reed G2G Crew (320 points)
Nikki, do you have a Family Search account. They are free. you can plug in what information you know there and maybe come up with clues on the whole family.        []

3 Answers

+6 votes
Hi! Start with what you know and have Primary evidence of. Then venture lout into what might be, And look at situations from different angles

 I: he arrived on a ship? Maybe where he left Ireland would give clues. I really hope these suggestions help.Document every source that helps you along. Happy Hunting!
by Yvonne Coup G2G Crew (510 points)
+8 votes

Irish genealogy can be a challenge due to the political situation in Ireland for a long, long time.

Here are some sites that may be helpful:

There books as well; search the online bookstores or your local public library.

by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (501k points)
Thank you so much for the resources! Wish me luck!
+4 votes
Nikki, did you notice how quickly folks responded to your query? This is exactly what this community is all about. And this is the place to ask your questions. Great advice and suggestions in the answers. Go for it! I wish you the best of luck as you begin to work your families out.

Happy hunting!
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)

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