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The Letter from Ireland Podcast. Join us as we travel in the footsteps of your Irish Ancestors - visiting their homelands and telling their stories as they put down roots in so many places around the world.

The Letter from Ireland Podcast - with Carina & Mike Collins Mike Collins

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 23 Ratings

The Letter from Ireland Podcast. Join us as we travel in the footsteps of your Irish Ancestors - visiting their homelands and telling their stories as they put down roots in so many places around the world.

    What Drives Genealogists Crazy About Ancestry.com

    What Drives Genealogists Crazy About Ancestry.com

    In this episode, Mike Collins chats with Jayne McGarvey (our Green Room genealogist) about what drives a genealogist crazy about how some people use ancestry.com. We talk through the strengths and weaknesses of ancestry.com, problems specific to Irish ancestry research and how people can improve the way they use ancestry.com. Lots of nuggets from a practising Irish ancestry genealogist.

    • 47 min
    One Story From The Irish Land Wars

    One Story From The Irish Land Wars

    Join Mike and Carina as they chat about just one reader story from the Irish Land Wars of the late 1800s. Our reader shares an amazing story of immigration and now understands the reasons why her family were so reticent about talking of their Irish family history.

    • 15 min
    The Tithe Applotment Books - 7 Questions and 7 Answers

    The Tithe Applotment Books - 7 Questions and 7 Answers

    Join Mike and our head genealogist in The Green Room, Jayne McGarvey, as we chat about the usefulness of the Irish "Tithe Applotment Books" when discovering more about the location and lives of your Irish ancestors during the early 1800s.

    • 46 min
    Join Us On a Trip Around The Aran Islands

    Join Us On a Trip Around The Aran Islands

    Join Mike and Carina as we take around Inishmore - the largest of the Aran Islands which lies at the mouth of Galway Bay to the west of Ireland. It's a magical part of the world - and we travel around in the company of a very special tour guide.

    • 38 min
    A Creative Mind Born From a Pandemic

    A Creative Mind Born From a Pandemic

    We are (hopefully) at the closing stages of a pandemic as I write. However, our ancestors had to endure many pandemics and famines through the centuries - and all without the same access to medicines we enjoy today. Today's show is all about one famous Irish author whose mother had to endure a pandemic in her native Sligo town before heading off for a new life in Dublin.

    • 19 min
    The Key To Understanding Your Irish Surnames (#602)

    The Key To Understanding Your Irish Surnames (#602)

    Did you ever wonder how the Irish surnames in your family tree originated and evolved? This handy guide talks you through many Irish first names - and how they eventually led to Irish surnames - with plenty of examples along the way!

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

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I Love these podcasts

I've been a long time fan of the website, but I really like hearing it spoken even better. The information is great as always, but hearing the Irish accent makes you feel like you are actually there. Even though many of the stories are not about my specific ancestors, I feel like it brings them to life for me. I can understand what their lives could have been like and it connects me with all the people and the Irish culture. Thank you so much for helping me discover so much of my Irish heritage.

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