Ireland XO: Finding Irish Ancestors with Reverse Genealogy

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A few months ago Ireland XO was launched. But just what is Ireland XO?

Well let me tell you. Putting it simply it is a reverse genealogy program that has been created by the Irish Government with aims of connecting the Irish Diaspora through family and local history. Ireland XO doesn’t wait for people of Irish descent to trace their roots, they simply go the other way. Working through voluntary effort at a townland, village and parish level in Ireland, they identify who left those areas, and trace them and their descendants worldwide. Ireland XO offers a free … yes FREE service, and it is a not for profit organisation.

So if your ancestors came from Ireland and you would like to find out more about them, the Ireland XO program will endeavor to help you as part of your research. This reverse genealogy entails the tracing and recording of all the people who left Ireland and seeking out their living descendants worldwide. Those identified or recognised as persons of Irish heritage or affiliation are invited to become part of a new extended Irish society.

Not only could you make connections through local and genealogical historians to long-lost kin, or find exactly where your Irish hailed from, your stories can help heal the deep scars about those who disappeared.

map - ireland 1808, 250Amongst the many features this website offers, you’ll find counties’ experts and locals ready to help you. There are leads to DNA programs and perhaps even a local representative to meet you when you travel back to your Irish homeland, to guide you to ancestors’ very haunts and houses. There is so much included on this website suitable for researchers of every level. For instance you can find out what county or province your parish is in, there are links to “resources by county”, forums to ask your queries, details of upcoming events, and a HELP button.

Ireland XO currently has over 2500 parishes engaged with active volunteers assisting in answering questions and queries and they are continuing to add new parishes regularly. To check if your parish already has a profile click here.

If you are researching Ireland, this is a website you need to bookmark, and sign up for. Remember it is free, but you do need create a log-in to access parts of it. So for the next phase in your Irish research head to …

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7 thoughts on “Ireland XO: Finding Irish Ancestors with Reverse Genealogy

  1. margaret rothwell-miller says:

    my ancestors were suppose to have lived in Cain Wexford co I have been told his name was Patrick married to Mary Kenvis? Not sure this is the right spelling. They then moved to Craan Wexfrord or co Carlow near New Deer Park and rented land from Joseph Rothwell. around 1820.

  2. Hi Margaret, if you’re wanting some help with your research, can I suggest going to the website, and writing to the volunteers for each county or region that your ancestors came from, and they may well be able to help.

  3. Tried to join and told my email addy already exists. Followed the process for forgotten password several times a week ago and again now. Get the message that an email has been sent yet none arrive. Yes, checked my junk mail folder but nothing there. Please advise. Many thanks Carol

  4. Researching Quinn, Enniscorthy County Wexford.

    Thomas Quinn1856 Enniscorthy

    Married Elizabeth c1885 Enniscorthy

    Children 5 – includes one child deceased.

    Living children
    James c1886
    Bridget c1892
    Frank c1893
    Mary Eliza 1897 Enniscorthy died 1988 Slough Berkshire England. Married Harry Piper 20 Dec 1923 England

    1911 Census Quinn family lived at Shannon Hill Enniscorthy.

  5. Carol, you’d need to contact Ireland XO themselves about the issue you’ve had creating an account, as well as advising who you’re researching.

    You can find all their contact details here:

  6. colleen r doyle says:

    I am searching and beg your help. searching where my grand father Michael Doyle was born in Ireland He was born in 1855 give or take 2yrs. He spent most of his life in brooklyn ny St Patrick Kent ave Buried 1903 Holy Cross cemetary Brooklyn ny St Pat’s is where all his children made there scarements and were schooled. He married Mary Keogh born in Ireland in 1850 also buried in Holy Cross cemt. 1905 Iwas raied in a catholic orphanage and am now 75 yrs. I want to go back to Ireland once again just to know where Michael Doyle and Mary Keogh came from in Ireland. No record can I find that says where they came from in Ireland or were they married in ny USA

  7. colleen r doyle says:

    1 386-322-7497 3656 unit f23 jackson st Port Orange FL 32129

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