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Wednesday 26 April 2017

Who do you think you are? Legacy project is launched

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys launches the online genealogy toolkit with Muckross College students (from left) Niamh Grimes-Dooley, Rosie Ferry, Tuathla Greene, Lara Pairceir and Caroline Gough Photo: Maxwells
Arts Minister Heather Humphreys launches the online genealogy toolkit with Muckross College students (from left) Niamh Grimes-Dooley, Rosie Ferry, Tuathla Greene, Lara Pairceir and Caroline Gough Photo: Maxwells

Ryan Nugent

Keen to find out if your ancestors were rebel leaders or landed gentry?

The National Archives has launched its new '2016 Family History' website as a legacy project under the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys met with students from Muckross College in Donnybrook, Dublin, yesterday. The students have been trialling the website for the past few weeks.

The website provides tips on how to find your ancestors, and brings together a range of online resources.

Through informative videos and step-by-step guides, case studies and targeted tasks, students are able to learn how to explore the numerous Irish historical records available online, including the census, civil records, military archives and church registers.

"There is such a vast array of online historical records available, the challenge can often be knowing where to start," Ms Humphreys said.

"This new genealogy toolkit gives ample tips on how to do just that.

"Encouraging students to explore their family history can give them a greater appreciation of the seismic events which were happening in this country a century ago."

The website is aimed primarily at second-level students, but the director of the National Archives, John McDonagh, believes it will also be useful to the general public.

Irish Independent

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