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Extract: “Irish genealogy gained a reputation long ago for being a frustrating one-way street to disappointment and headache. Thankfully, calming potions and analgesics are no longer essential equipment for the amateur genealogist because family history in Ireland has entered a golden era. More and more records – many of them free – are now available online and offline. So, if you’ve been longing to find out who your ancestors were, and how they lived, there’s never been a better time to start looking”.