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Posted by on Dec 11, 2011 in Audio & Video, Families, Genealogy, History | 4 comments

Ireland Unveils the Certificate of Irish Heritage

Certificate of Irish HeritageIreland has launched it’s Certificate of Irish Heritage in an effort to engage with individuals of Irish descent and honor their ancestors.

The online application is open to persons who were not born on the island of Ireland who provide supporting documentation connecting them to one or more Irish ancestors. The process is easy to use provided you have a digital copy of your ancestor’s birth certificate, death certificate, census document, affidavit, or other document.

Applicants can choose from three certificate designs and they also offer an selection of Irish-made frames. Certificates begin at €40.00 (US-$54 plus delivery costs). Learn more about how to apply >>

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4 Comments

  1. Hey guys. My question may take a little more digging, or help to complete. I was born Timothy Michael Conroy. My parents separated when I was an infant. I have no connection to my father, or any way to trace back any relatives to Ireland.
    What do I do? How do I prove- besides my birth certificate- that I’m Irish, to purchase a plaque? I could use any help you have…

    • Hi Tim,
      I hope this will help you.
      I had the same situation with my father. I don’t want to sound like a commercial here but I found all I needed to know through Ancestry.com. I didn’t know anything more than the information on my own birth certificate (where it list my father’s name and place of his birth in the US).
      In less than a year I traced back my Irish ancestors to the pre 1800′s! I even found out what county in Ireland they came from.
      Census, immigration, and travel records were the most valuable since my ancestors settled in Canada instead of the US and some birth, marriage and death records weren’t available. Once I found out where they settled, I contacted the local museum’s archivist and she was an enormous help! I was able to obtain newspaper stories, court records and even wills. Those were things that I couldn’t get through Ancestry. I paid about $45.00 for the search and all the copies she sent me but to me they are absolutely priceless!
      My mother wasn’t a whole lot of help but she did know my grandmother’s name (on dad’s side),That information was a critical cross reference for census and marriage records about my father’s parents,so if it’s possible ask your mother as much as she’s willing to tell you about him or a member of his family…even the tiniest detail can turn out to be a huge clue. Also, keep notes!
      I hope this is helpful in some way. I was where you are a year ago, I now have 5 generations of Irish names added to my tree! I had no idea just how Irish I was until I began digging. The greatest thing is knowing that my grand kids will now know the people they descend from and some little life stories about them.
      ádh mór (good luck)
      Kenna

    • Firstly, thanks for sharing your story, Kenna.

      Tim, I know the certificate is intended to be accessible… they are most concerned with finding out which ancestor links you to Ireland… but to get to that, you will need to focus your attention on your father’s history and do all you can to dig up more info on him. You may also want to get some advice from Megan Smolenyak at http://www.honoringourancestors.com/contact.html.

      Good luck and please keep us posted on your progress.

  2. Thank you both. i finally broke down, and subscribed to Ancestry.com. In two hours, I found grandfather and great grandfather, and their wives, on fathers side, through cross referencing, I think I have everything on this side of the Atlantic, that’s pertinent. There are a few discrepencies, but 95% of the info matches up. Now, I need to find where in County Cork, they lived, and, keep digging…
    I’ve found that I am 3rd gen American, with my great grandfather arriving here 1878/80
    Thanks again for the tips. Will continue to dig, now that I have a trowel and a spot to dig.

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