Since thousands of key records were lost in the tragic Four Courts explosion—19th Century censuses, various church records, wills and testaments, and more—finding the stories of our ordinary Irish ancestors has been immeasurably more difficult.
Women made up about 50% of the Irish population, but far less than 50% of the records. Plus, there is much less surviving documentation for non-elite women and girls. How do you find our ordinary female ancestors?
Until now, many thought it impossible to trace the lost stories of the common people in Ireland. However, with the digital era comes many more opportunities to find and access millions more surviving sources, right from your home.
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