If you are interested in Irish Genealogy then next month will be reason to celebrate, because Ancestry is adding the searchable Irish Catholic Parish Registers to its database.
This is going to blow down many brick walls for a lot of descendants of the great Irish diaspora, of which I count myself among. Most of my ancestors were Protestant Ulster Scots who came to America in the mid 1700’s from Ireland and this is not going to help in my search for them….but my great-grandmother, Katherine Quigley, emigrated from County Roscommon, Ireland in 1893 to Philadelphia. She was Catholic and would have been included in the Catholic parish records.
On a related note, I am traveling to Ireland at the end of May to stay with some friends in Dublin and then meet my extended family in Roscommon, where I can peruse the actual records if I wish. But I will probably be too busy dowsing for gold hoards, scuba diving for bog mummies and inspecting tapestries.
Actually, I might look at some records, but mostly I will be concentrating on oral histories from my kinfolks that I am very excited to meet.
Reference: Genealogy Insider