I’ve been absorbed with the past recently- delving deeper and deeper into my Irish past.
For a long time those records were few and far between but now along with the ‘paid’ site I belong to I’ve been accessing a fairly new site ‘Irishgenealogy‘ which allows look up and sightings of birth death and marriage registrations – for free.
It seems all of my 8 Gt Grandparents from Co Armagh and Co Monaghan ‘lost’ family to migration- as far as I can make out they appear to be some of the very few in their respective families who stayed in Ireland.
From the middle of the 19th and into the 20th century they saw many of their aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters and cousins leave, some went to Canada, others to USA and others even came down here to Australia.
They’re still making themselves known – those DNA discoveries that is.
So many families of those migrants are getting in touch and introducing themselves
Pity I didn’t know of them years ago – I could have saved a fortune in hotel rooms!