St. Patrick’s Day is the day that people of Irish descent from all over the world celebrate their Irish heritage. Even those who aren’t Irish (or don’t know their Irish) love to celebrate this day. Although Ireland has a population of 6 million today, over 100 million people worldwide claim some Irish heritage. So, that’s a lot of people celebrating their Irish heritage.
FamilySearch.org is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by encouraging everyone with even a wee bit of Irish blood running through their veins to acknowledge and honor that heritage by finding a picture of an Irish ancestor and adding it to the FamilySearch.org website. If you have a relative who has a story about one of your Irish ancestors, write it down and add it to FamilySearch so that other family members can see your story and learn about their Irish heritage.
Many say that it’s impossible to do research on their Irish lines back in Ireland because “all the records were destroyed by fire in the war.” But that is only partially true. According to David Rencher, Chief Genealogy Officer of FamilySearch International, many other record and non-record sources exist that make discovering your Irish roots a very real possibility.
To learn more about what you can do to celebrate and share with others your Irish heritage, visit FamilySearch’s Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day webpage.