I saw this recently on FindMyPast – How to make connections across oceans with the Catholic Heritage Archive: https://www.findmypast.com/blog/help/catholic-irish-american-ancestors. It’s a long article, but thought I would give a glimpse of it. There is a video in the link.
If your ancestors emigrated, you could discover them in multiple Catholic record collections.
By 1900, 12 million Catholics were living in the United States. The Catholic population there was largely made up of emigrants from countries like Ireland, Italy, Germany, Poland, and others. These emigrants continued to practice their faith in their new surroundings, resulting in parish records that are now accessible online for the first time through our Catholic Heritage Archive.
As the Catholic Heritage Archive currently includes records from Britain, Ireland, and America, if your relative moved from one of these countries to another, Findmypast can help you to trace them in several record collections. Take a look at our example below.
Catholics moving from Ireland to America
Millions of Irish people left the Emerald Isle for America during the 19th and early 20th centuries. If you find your ancestor’s marriage record in our American Catholic records, it may include where they were originally from. If that place is listed as somewhere in Ireland, your next avenue of research should be our 10 million Irish Catholic Parish Registers – searching for their baptism is a sensible starting point.–snip–
Do you have Catholic ancestors?
The Catholic Heritage Archive has opened up a whole new world of family discoveries for anyone with Roman Catholic relatives. Visit our A-Z of records and type ‘Catholic’ into the search field to browse through the collections available. Where has your Catholic past taken you? We’d love to hear what you’ve uncovered. Tag us with#FindmypastFeatured on social media to share your finds.