The Ulster Historical Foundation team and I had a rollicking good time talking about the challenges Americans have doing Irish research. Fintan Mullan, Executive Director of UHF; Gillian Hunt, Research Officer; and William Roulston, Research Director of UHF walk us through what not to do in our genealogy research.

Five Common Misconceptions or Mistakes in Irish Research:

  1. Irish research is pointless as the records were all destroyed.
  2. The only records to search are for the period your ancestors were in Ireland.
  3. The Irish location recorded in American records is definitely correct.
  4. You can always be sure of the origins of a family because of the surname.
  5. People never changed religious affiliation.

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