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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, two genealogy websites are offering
free records for a limited time. Note that you’ll need to set up a
free account with each site in order to view your search results:
UK and Irish genealogy website Origins.net is offering access to its collection
of Irish directories from March 16 until March 18 at midnight GMT (that’s about
8 p.m. ET in the United States). Recently added is Thom’s Irish Almanac and Official
Directory for 1845 to 1900. You could learn the person’s exact occupation, as well
as address and parish of residence. Note that the most “disadvantaged” classes—small
tenant farmers, landless labourers and servants—are usually absent from these directories. Learn
more about Origins.net’s Irish Directories collection and start searching here.
Ancestry.com is opening up its US
passenger lists and border-crossing records through March 17—search here whether
your ancestors came from Ireland or elsewhere. The search here initially netted zero
results for my name search on Edward Norris born in 1827, but after I clicked Edit
Search to bring up the advanced search window, and then clicked Search again, it worked.