Memorial Cards are a wonderful resource for genealogists and family historians. For many people searching for their Irish roots, they provide information that has passed from living memory. The cards were (and still are in some cases) printed when someone dies to honour them and were traditionally kept in prayer books so that the living could remember the dead and pray for their souls. Sadly, many of these cards are destroyed in house clearances because people don't understand their value. They often can fill the gap between historical records and living memory.
Our friends in Clare have done an incredible job with their collection.
I would like to announce the launch of the Kerry Memorial Card Project 2013.
Volunteers will enter details from Memorial Cards into a database.
This database is open to the following,
Memorial Cards for anyone born in Kerry,
Memorial Cards for people who lived in Kerry for most of their lives
or Memorial Cards for anyone who died in Kerry.
If you would like to contribute Memorial Cards from your family please scan the originals front and back and mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to add an email address at which possible family members can contact you, please do so.
We hope that this database will find a home online but until then you can use the same email address to make enquiries. This will be a slow task but we are very excited by the possibility that it will help people with Kerry roots all over the world to find their family of origin.
Please share this blog with anyone you know who is searching for their Kerry roots... and thank you.