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Old 03-19-2013, 10:19 AM
 
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Hi all!

I’m interested in history and have done a lot of research on Irish Americans so this is where my idea has come from. I'm also starting a photography course.

I’d like to help Irish Americans find information on where their ancestors came from. As I’m Irish living in Ireland, I could visit the area and take photos of the parish and the family home if the address is known. I’d also get booklets and information on the parish, local church, local Irish sports clubs (football and hurling) and information about the history of the area. I could then create a personalized album and send by post and email.

Do you think many people would be interested in this? It would be a business venture as I’d have to charge (reasonably) for my time.

I could work with a Genealogist if more information about tracing lineages and history is required.
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Log home in the Appalachians
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Hi all!

I’m interested in history and have done a lot of research on Irish Americans so this is where my idea has come from. I'm also starting a photography course.

I’d like to help Irish Americans find information on where their ancestors came from. As I’m Irish living in Ireland, I could visit the area and take photos of the parish and the family home if the address is known. I’d also get booklets and information on the parish, local church, local Irish sports clubs (football and hurling) and information about the history of the area. I could then create a personalized album and send by post and email.

Do you think many people would be interested in this? It would be a business venture as I’d have to charge (reasonably) for my time.

I could work with a Genealogist if more information about tracing lineages and history is required.

Sounds interesting, I do have some Irish ancestors that were located in Dunnyhora,Mullaghbrack,Armagh Co... Born somewhere around 1688
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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Hey Irish, sounds like a wonderful idea and I hope it turns into a successful business for you . You would have to swim over to Wales to help me .
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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There used to be a site called Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness - it went down but there are alternatives you can join on Facebook and there's a Wiki where you can offer to help people out:

//www.facebook.com/groups/raogkinternational/
//www.facebook.com/groups/33868082803/
Find a WorldWide Volunteer - Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Wiki
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Im off at the weekend to Westport on the Mayo coast and would be glad to get photos of towns , graveyards or whatever for anyone interested.
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:09 PM
 
Location: CHicago, United States
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Hi all!

I’m interested in history and have done a lot of research on Irish Americans so this is where my idea has come from. I'm also starting a photography course.

I’d like to help Irish Americans find information on where their ancestors came from. As I’m Irish living in Ireland, I could visit the area and take photos of the parish and the family home if the address is known. I’d also get booklets and information on the parish, local church, local Irish sports clubs (football and hurling) and information about the history of the area. I could then create a personalized album and send by post and email.

Do you think many people would be interested in this? It would be a business venture as I’d have to charge (reasonably) for my time.

I could work with a Genealogist if more information about tracing lineages and history is required.
Certainly, there people who would want some assistance. There currently are many people doing similar things. For a fee. My ancestral home county of Longford has one or two people, and I believe someone at the local library in Longford does similar (and the Library receives a fee). Not everyone can get to Ireland, or knows where to start the search. The challenge for you, though, is making this a profitable business. I don't think that's going to happen. But I do wish you all the best.
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:19 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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One thing you might do is start taking some general photos of churchs or towns near where you live. You would need examples any way. Not sure how you would connect with the people who might want these pictures. Maybe see previous post about Longford, ask someone there what they're doing.

As far as gravesites are concerned, findagrave.com has volunteers who do this sort of thing for free.
Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Jacurutu
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I have a single Irish line - with the unhelpful surname of "Irish" by the time it is recorded in the United States...
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:09 PM
bjh
 
Location: Memphis - home of the king
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That is a valid surname. There are families in England with the surname English.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:14 PM
 
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I'm first Gen Irish American, both my parents came from county Kerry when they were around 20..I have been their 9 times as a child.. but I don't need anything looked up.. We have as much family on that side of the pond as we do here in the States..



Great Idea though, good luck, also where in Ireland do you Hail from ??
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