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•  Do you have the luck of the Irish?
•  Just Launched on Ancestry.ca
•  New Ancestry.ca App for iPhone and iPad
•  Irish Canadians, Kissed by Success
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Do you have the luck of the Irish?
With St. Patrick's Day still fresh in our minds we want to start by asking a question; do you have the luck of the Irish? You may have a little Irish in your ancestry, but even if you don't, you have probably experienced that lucky moment as you've worked on your family tree. The discovery of an amazing new fact, photograph, document or maybe even another living relative you weren't aware of.

This month we want to highlight some of the great Irish collections available on Ancestry.ca. These collections include land and property records, photographs database and over 19,000 detailed maps of Ireland that can take you to the very spot where your ancestor lived. Our Born in Ireland search form can help you find your Irish immigrant ancestor easily, or our new collection of 40,000 Irish images can showcase the length and breadth of Ireland and allow you to experience the land of your ancestors.

So take a moment to explore these collections.

 

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Ottawa, Beechwood Cemetery Registers, 1873-1990
Few Canadian cemeteries are as decorated as Ottawa's Beechwood National Cemetery. Located in our nation's capital, Beechwood is one of only four cemeteries in Canada to be recognized as a National Historic Site. Beechwood is the final resting place of remarkable Canadians such as Tommy Douglas, the father of Canada's health care system; Sir Robert Borden, Canada's eighth Prime Minister; and even the inventor of organized hockey, James G.A. Creighton. This collection includes 115,000 names including residences, occupations, cause of death and relationships to relatives and friends. Beechwood Cemetery
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U.K. Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
UK Passenger Lists Hundreds of ships carrying thousands of passengers arrived in the United Kingdom from ports throughout Europe and the Mediterranean from 1878-1960. These 'Board of Trade' passenger list records, in fact images of the actual registers, are taken from The National Archives and made available in this collection. As these ports were not always the final destination of the ships, many names can be found in this collection, not just those of English ancestors. As a result this collection is of significant importance to any Canadians who are researching their family history in Europe.

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Lübeck, Germany, Genealogical Register, 1200-1910
The city of Lübeck is the largest German port on the Baltic Sea and was an important port and trade town from the 13th Century on. So this collection is of great importance to those Canadians with a German heritage or a family history that may have travelled through this key European port. This register includes lineages of families from Lübeck and includes 12 different books penned by seven different authors from the 13th Century through to 1910. A wealth of family history information is included in these books including dates, places of birth, marriages, deaths and even residence and occupation.

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Lübeck, Germany, Vital Records
Vital Records Although civil registration in Germany wasn't widespread until the start of the 19th century; the German port of Lübeck on the Baltic Sea was recording Births, Deaths and Marriage Banns as early as 1811. These databases contain civil registration records from the city of Lübeck from the time civil registration began up to Germany's unification. This update adds more birth records, marriage banns, and death records, all scanned from original registers.

•  Lübeck, Germany, Births, 1811-1875
•  Lübeck, Germany, Deaths, 1811-1875
•  Lübeck, Germany, Marriage Banns, 1811-1871
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Irish Canadians, Kissed by Success
About a year ago I discovered that in addition to my English and Scottish roots, I also had a few Irish ones. Spotting Ireland on an ancestor's marriage record and Antrim County, Ireland on the death certificate of another, I joined the more than nine million Canadians who claim to have Irish ancestry, according to a 2011 national online survey.

The question is: who wouldn't want to be Irish? Irish-Canadians have been responsible for many important accomplishments in this country since before confederation. Canada's Rideau canal system, for example, is largely indebted to Irish-Canadian engineering ingenuity. In the 1850s, Irish immigrants helped to build the St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railway from Portland, Maine to Montreal, uniting Canada's vast and sprawling provinces.

Moreover, it's a little-observed fact that one third of Canada's twenty-two Prime Ministers have Irish ancestry! Given Irish-Canadians' penchant for achievement, the adage "kiss me, I'm Irish" might be altered to "kissed by success."

Given the long and celebrated history of the Irish in Canada, is it really any wonder why so many Canadians claim to be of Irish descent?
Researching whether your ancestors came from Ireland can be challenging since many records were destroyed in the 1922 fire at the National Archives in Ireland, but you never know what you will find if you just start digging. There is still a wealth of Irish records available online through Ancestry.ca and fortunately there are many other ways to discover your ancestors' origins using Canadian records available online. Census Records, Passenger Lists, marriage, birth and death records and records from the Roman Catholic Church, in addition to churches from other denominations, are all great starting points to learn if you hail from The Emerald Isle.

There may be a pot of gold waiting for you at the bottom of the next rainbow.

Lesley Anderson
Genealogist, Ancestry.ca
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