Looking for Danny Boy

While in the midst of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day you may be thinking about your Irish ancestors.  If you have already done some Irish genealogy you are probably  aware  that many of Ireland’s vital records were destroyed through actions both accidental and deliberate.   This makes the complete Irish census for the years 1901 and 1911 now available on line a treasure trove of information.   These records may be searched by name, county or townland and contain such information as marital status, occupation, religion and country of birth.  Those interested in viewing scenes from Ireland’s past should check the Lawrence Collection recently added to Ancestry.com which is one of the library’s databases.  This collection contains more than 21,000 images taken during the years 1870-1910 and can be searched by subject, location or county.  Of course, the library also carries many books to  help you on your way to finding your Irish past.  Happy exploring.  Erin go Bragh!

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