Tonight’s program “Who do you think you are?” told Rosie O’Donnell’s family’s story. Soon after she began her journey O’donnell discovered her roots traced back to County Kildare, Ireland. Since I was born there and still have family there I found her journey most interesting. Tonight I learned some history regarding the perils of Ireland’s people as well as some additional research tips.
I was aware millions of people left Ireland due to the potato famine, but, I never understood how devastating it actually was to so many families and the many children who lost their life due to no potatoes/food. I had absolutely no idea what a poor house was or that it even existed. The living conditions were absolutely horrific.
While researching my family I always new to use census, birth and death certificates, baptismal records, wills, and tax bills. However, I never thought to use obituaries as an aid in my research. Which is odd since I use them in my heritage scrap books. In the future I’ll look in the newspaper’s archives to see if I can find some information regarding family members whose records have been lost or destroyed both here and in Ireland.