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Castles of Ireland illustrates the extent of Norman settlement in Ireland

This is an early image from my days making the Castles of Ireland map.

Ireland's answer to the great wall of China?

While plotting over 1,375 castles in Ireland for the Castle of Ireland Map, one stuck

Criteria for the Surnames of Ireland database

In the course of this website I have had some emails from those involved in surname groups questioning the accuracy of some maps. I have used 2 sources in making these maps: (1) 1911 census of Ireland (2) MacLysaghts book: 'The Surnames of Ireland.' As a scientist I am trained to look for, or spot paterns emerging in the results. With surnames that pattern can reflect ethnicity. For example Irish Surnames (lets say those of Gaelic Irish origin) typically begin with O' or Mac, people with these 'Irish Surnames' are also typically over 90% Catholic in 1911.

New 'Hickey' Case Study Added

I always ask my customers to allow me to publish online their Case Studies, and thank you to Mr Hickey for allowing me to do this. The objective is 2 fold; Firstly everyone's DNA story is different and the more examples that can be put on the website the more people can understand the process and apply this technique to their own DNA results. Secondly I hope it will encourage more people to take the DNA tests, as at the end of the day the findings from each of these Case Studies can be confirmed through DNA testing.

National Archives of Ireland adds link to Irish Origenes website

The data used to construct the surname distribution maps (nearly 5,000) was taken from the 1911 census of Ireland.

Discover Northern Ireland links Irish Origenes

There is now a link to the Irish Origenes website from the Discover Northern Ireland Tourist board.

Irish Origenes features on Irish Roots magazine Facebook page

I am very greatful to Irish Roots for helping in spreading the word on their Facebook page. The more Irish people who choose to take a DNA test, the more there are who will successful pinpoint their 'Irish Genetic Homeland.' The Irish Origenes Facebook page is under construction and I hope to add to it shortly.

Irish Clan Map and Castles of Ireland Map now available

At last!

The Genetic Homeland featured on Irish American News

The Internet never stops surprising me! Within minutes of releasing an email notifying some papers, journals, websites of the freely accessible databases on the Irish Origenes website, a picture of me and my boys appears on the Irish American News webpage, that was quick, the article can be read here.

Tourism Ireland has added a link to Irish Origenes site

After all my hard work I am very pleased that Tourism Ireland has linked to my website smiley. I am hoping that I can get a similar link from the UK tourist boards for both Scottish and English Origenes websites.

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