I was recently at a genealogy seminar and the lady sitting next to me did not know her mother’s maiden name. In a recent poll, Eneclann, Ireland’s leading Irish historical researcher and publisher, revealed that while 89% of Irish people are able to name all of their first cousins and grandparents, only 31% are able to name all of their great-grandparents.
Now is the time to collect your family information and learn as much as you can so it can be passed along to future generations. Building a reliable tree with documents, photos, stories, and details that can only be found through family books, interviews with relatives, and gathering those magic heirlooms that pieces everything together takes time, effort, and patience. If you are stuck and don’t know where to begin, or you could use some ideas for interviewing your relatives, read the rest of this article.
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