Essential blogs and sites for Irish Genealogy

A few years ago I gave a talk at the National Library on using social media for genealogy. I covered all the main mediums and particularly focused on message boards. Since then, the area has grown exponentially.

Here are my top blogs to keep an eye on for news and updates, apart from my own of course!

Irish Genealogy News

Claire Santry’s blog should be your first port of call. Twice a month on Mondays, she posts a great list of events and lectures of relevance. In between those times, she puts together all the new record releases. More than just regurgitating press releases, she demos the material and reports on it. Claire is also on Twitter.

John Grenham’s blog

John Grenham is one of the most well-known genealogists in Ireland. He’s the author of Tracing your Irish Ancestors (now in it’s 5th edition!) For many years, he ran the now defunct Irish Ancestors part of the Irish Times business but has moved that content to his own site. His blog is a little more eclectic than others but is always interesting.

Dr Maurice Gleeson gets 2 mentions here because he runs the incredible Genetic Genealogy Ireland YouTube channel, which compiles all the talks given at Back to Our Past each year. There’s a related Facebook group. He also runs his own blog, which is not updated quite as regularly as some of the others I’ve mentioned here but what he does post is thought-provoking and particularly relevant for Ireland.

Robert Estes is your essential guide to the world of genetic genealogy. Her focus is not necessarily Irish – though she dos have some Irish ancestry – but everything she talks about is applicable to us. Roberta is active on Twitter too. You can also receive her blog posts as a newsletter.

Irish Genealogical Research Society’s Facebook page

The IGRS’s Facebook page collates news from many sources and is worth liking for the content alone. Stay for the excellent free advice doled out there and on their forum.