(My intent was to submit this for the Irish Heritage and Culture Carnival hosted by the Small-Leaved Shamrock, but I was overcome by events and couldn't get it written in time. The deadline was 28December and here I am writing on 29 December. What this means is I put it off until the last day and then stuff happened as they say. Anyway, this is what I would have submitted if I had planned things a little better)
I have a big problem with Irish genealogy. The problem isn't with the resources available, but it's with my ancestors - they did everything at the wrong time. Instead of coming to the US during the potato famine (1845-1849) with the majority of Irish immigrants, my 3rd great grandfather (Richard Hartford), along with his wife and three small children, left Ireland sometime between 1830 and 1832. Additionally, instead of coming straight to the United States where there are census records available back to 1790, they went to Canada. Even though I haven't had much luck finding my family in Ireland, and have had slow success in Canada, I have discovered the Irish Origins genealogy site (a part of The Origins Network) and a few books that really got me interested in Irish History.