Do you have Irish roots? Yes there Jews with Irish roots –many Eastern European Jews stopped in Ireland en route to their destination in North America. Also records in North America that have Irish connections—obituaries from US newspapers, Missing Friends from Boston Pilot, NY Emigrant Savings Bank records, All Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967 and more. In celebration of St. Patricks’ Day, Ancestry.com is offering free access to their Irish collection through March 17 at 11:59 pm ET. There is also a 5-minute audio tape by Julianna Smith who gives hints on what is available and how to search the records. To access the records you will need to register- its free- with a name and password- no credit card required. I put in the search field “Jewish sounding” names and came up with a variety of records. Ancestry also has a link for a free downloadable guide on where to look for your Irish ancestors in the United States.
To start your search go to: http://www.ancestry.com/cs/Satellite/us/irish
Remember if you start to search records outside their “free access” Irish collection you will be directed to subscribe or to the 14-day free offer where you have to provide your credit card and remember to cancel the subscription before the 14 days. This is not the current free access offer –be aware of where you are clicking.
I have no affiliation with Ancestry.com and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee