There is not just one way to trace Irish ancestry. As with any research, it is a kind of detective work and the more useful information, the better. There are many means of gathering the information that will tell you about your Irish forbears. In the past, someone seeking information on their ancestry would spend a lot of time in libraries and various registries and record offices looking at books, archived birth and death registers, microfilm, census information, and legal documents.
In our modern age, the internet has made the ancestry tracing process a lot easier. But either way, the basic approach to tracing Irish ancestry or any ancestry remains the same – it is simply to gather information from a variety of sources and assemble it as coherently as possible. This article will point you in the right direction.