Irish Roots Special Interest Group

This group usually meets from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ion the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Members gather in the LCGS Resource Room at the Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home at 1600 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.
The LCGS Resource Room is located on the east side of the building. The entrance is just south of the carport. There is a sign at the door.
Be sure to check out our recommended links to Irish research websites in our Research Links area.


An Irish researcher's GOAL – Find the specific place of your family origin in Ireland.

1. Pedigree Chart
2. Family Record
3. Chronology
  • Mine your family sources – Family records, Bible, old letters and papers, scrap books, photos, family traditions, stories and obscure references. (Find the family pack rat.)
  • Vital records, church, funeral home and cemetery records. (Don’t forget the tombstone even if you have the death certificate and cemetery record.)
  • Obits of all known family members of first two generations here and any affinity persons who may have traveled with your ancestor or been a witness on documents or is a neighbor or is that friend that visited periodically from out of town or shows up in old photographs.
  • Federal and state census records from first appearance through 1930.
    (NOTE: federal census records are available through the Lee County Library
    web site, if you are a member of the library, at Heritage Quest online and, at the library, through the Ancestry Library Edition web site. From 1900 on, you get year
    of arrival and 1920 on, the naturalization status.]
  • Naturalization record; esp. the declaration of intention or petition to naturalize.
    (NOTE: the declaration may be located at an earlier location than where the final certificate is located. Similarly, it could be in any court – not just a federal court.)
  • Probate and will records may well mention relatives in Ireland.
  • Land records. Look for first deed or original land grant (and back up documentation). Look for a deed signed by all of the heirs in order to clear title after the death of the last of the original landowners, especially if there is no probate file.
  • Military records; esp. civil war pension records with backup documentation.
  • Local, family and parish histories, esp. vanity histories. (Don’t forget the affinity groups that I noted in Obits above.)
  • Document everything (even where you found nothing so you don’t check it again).
  • Organize your results.
  • Fill in your timeline.
4. Indicators:
  • Names (given and surname) that your ancestors used and the spellings.
  • Religion.
  • Time of emigration and age at emigration.
  • Location of settlement in North America and subsequent locations. (Don’t ignore Canada.)

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