I recently had an opportunity to interview Feargal O’Donnell, Vice Chairman of the Irish Family History Foundation, about the availability of Irish records -- especially new ones. Feargal discussed the existence and non-existence of Irish records. He points out that millions of records are available but many people of Irish descent are unaware of that availability. He also dispels some myths about Irish record keeping in the 1700s and 1800s.
Feargal also discussed the work of the Irish Family History Foundation and especially of the Foundation's web site at www.RootsIreland.ie. The Foundation expects to eventually have 40 million records available on the site, going back to the 1500s.
The RootsTelevision camera crew caught our conversation on videotape and you can watch and listen to our conversation at http://rootstelevision.com/players/player_conferences.php?bctid=1792947734. I bet you'll love his accent! If your ancestors had similar accents, you will want to watch this video.