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# Ancestry

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# howiya now cyril
Doris has had its day, as new research reveals which baby names are going 'extinct' in Ireland
A study of Irish birth records by Ancestry revealed which names have fallen from usage since 1917.
# Heritage
Potato stealing and pig theft: The stories of Irish convicts sent to Australia now available online
Many of the people sent from Ireland to Australia for petty crimes “generally weren’t coming home”.
# Honolulu
After 60 years of friendship, these Hawaiian men have discovered they're brothers
The two childhood friends both researched their parentage separately.
# Ancestry
Australia's deputy prime minister may not be eligible for parliament due to dual citizenship
Barnaby Joyce is the latest politician in Australia to fall victim of the obscure citizenship rule.
# misconceptions
Study on ancestry of Irish Travellers details genetic connection to settled community
The research comes as the Irish State is expected to formally recognise Travellers as an ethnic group.
# criminal past
'Garda Pulse system' from the 1800s reveal details of Ireland's most famous Victorian crimes
The digital archive details crimes such as murder, assaults, theft, and bestiality around the country in the 1800s.
# Family Tree
10 million Irish parish records are now free to search online
The documents show the impact the Great Famine had on Ireland’s population.
# who do you think you are
Tell your auntie in Chicago! There's a simple new way to trace your Irish roots
Over 1,086 parish records are now available online and access is free.
# Emigration
Why did so many Wexford people choose Georgia as their new home in the 1800s?
A new research project is aiming to find out just that…
Column: So, we have recognised Tom Cruise's Irish roots... where's the harm in that?
Those who are cynical or opposed to the efforts of The Gathering should ask themselves why, says Larry Donnelly who questions what ignites such hostility to seemingly harmless endeavours like that of certificates of Irishness.
Conan O'Brien gets in on The Gathering buzz
He was wearing his green jumper…
Column: ‘Gabriel Byrne is wrong – The Gathering is volunteerism at its best’
Why do we always have to knock ordinary people who are trying to rebuild Ireland, writes Eddie Barrett.
# Irish Roots
5 things that connect Grace Kelly to Ireland
Following numerous visits to Ireland, this island isn’t keen to let go of its link to the famous Hollywood actress. So much so, Mayo is even giving her a festival.
# Jobswatch
Ancestry website to create 50 jobs in Dublin
The US company has chosen Ireland as a base for its international operations, which will be expanded over the next two years.
# First Lady
Michelle Obama shares husband's Irish roots
Part of Michelle Obama’s ancestry has been traced back to Irish immigrants.
# Ancestry
What iconic names are featured in the 1940 USA census?
The 1940 USA census gives an insight into life for ordinary Americans – but also the lives of well-known celebrities from that era. We take a look at some of them.
# Your Say
Poll: Is the 'proof of Irishness' certificate worthwhile?
The government has confirmed that a ‘Certificate of Irish Heritage’ will be available to members of the Irish diaspora from October. What do you think of the move?…
# Last Will
The final fortunes of Irish figures published
The details of fortunes – or lack thereof – left behind famous Irishmen like Oscar Wilde, Charles Stewart Parnell and Ernest Shackleton are now available online