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  • Ireland Reaching Out Programme -- "reverse genealogy"

    This should be of interest to those with known or suspected Irish roots:

    "The Ireland Reaching Out (IrelandXO) programme is based on a simple idea;
    instead of waiting for people of Irish descent to trace their roots, we go the
    other way. Working through voluntary effort at a townland, village and parish
    level in Ireland, we identify who left those areas, and trace them and their
    descendants worldwide. IrelandXO offers a free service and it is a not for
    profit organisation.

    This reverse genealogy entails the tracing and recording of all the people who
    left Ireland and seeking out their living descendants worldwide. Those
    identified or recognised as persons of Irish heritage or affiliation are invited
    to become part of a new extended Irish society.

    IrelandXO offers an extraordinary opportunity for local parish communities to
    extend the numbers of people committed to their parish by inviting its own
    Diaspora worldwide to become involved in their place of origin. This programme
    is an opportunity to boost tourism and bring economic benefit to the area.

    IrelandXO currently has over 500 parishes engaged with active volunteers
    assisting in answering questions and queries and are continuing our rapid roll
    out to all areas in 2013.

    Throughout the expansion of the programme we endeavour to respond to all
    enquiries even in communities where we have yet to confirm a volunteer
    presence."

    See also the FAQ.

    Website: http://www.irelandxo.com

  • #2
    Interesting. I would have suspected that the motive for this was to encourage tourism but they say this is a volunteer effort.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bertp View Post
      Interesting. I would have suspected that the motive for this was to encourage tourism but they say this is a volunteer effort.
      In the above they do say "This programme is an opportunity to boost tourism and bring economic benefit to the area."

      I think that it's been recognized for many years in Ireland that, given that huge Irish Diaspora, genealogy is a business opportunity.

      Nonetheless, its a great idea.

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      • #4
        I went to the site, wound up registering and then donating a few euros. Though not tied to DNA, DNA sure could be useful in making the connections and in filling in gaps if connections can be made. I'd like to see this in Denmark and in Scotland, too...



        Originally posted by gtc View Post
        This should be of interest to those with known or suspected Irish roots:

        "The Ireland Reaching Out (IrelandXO) programme is based on a simple idea;
        instead of waiting for people of Irish descent to trace their roots, we go the
        other way. Working through voluntary effort at a townland, village and parish
        level in Ireland, we identify who left those areas, and trace them and their
        descendants worldwide. IrelandXO offers a free service and it is a not for
        profit organisation.

        This reverse genealogy entails the tracing and recording of all the people who
        left Ireland and seeking out their living descendants worldwide. Those
        identified or recognised as persons of Irish heritage or affiliation are invited
        to become part of a new extended Irish society.

        IrelandXO offers an extraordinary opportunity for local parish communities to
        extend the numbers of people committed to their parish by inviting its own
        Diaspora worldwide to become involved in their place of origin. This programme
        is an opportunity to boost tourism and bring economic benefit to the area.

        IrelandXO currently has over 500 parishes engaged with active volunteers
        assisting in answering questions and queries and are continuing our rapid roll
        out to all areas in 2013.

        Throughout the expansion of the programme we endeavour to respond to all
        enquiries even in communities where we have yet to confirm a volunteer
        presence."

        See also the FAQ.

        Website: http://www.irelandxo.com

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