Welcome to Irish Ancestors Direct monthly blog. We intend to use this space to keep you up to date on genealogy developments past and present. As genealogy and history fanatics we welcome your comments and observations. There is great satisfaction in filling in the gaps in your family tree. By the time you get to your great grandparents you have a vast array of family surnames to research. That is why we say genealogy is a hobby for life! Over the last few decades the methodology for researching ancestors has been considerably enhanced by the advent of the internet. Imagine how difficult it was to undertake research pre computer and internet days. A prime example of what was achievable is a very interesting book that was published in 1992, “The Kerrytown Brosnahans” by Sean G Brosnahan. This is a history of Brosnahan (Brosnan) ancestors who left east Kerry in the 1860s bound for New Zealand under an assisted passage scheme. The journey by sea took three and a half months and a number of Kerry families travelled and settled in Kerrytown. In July 2013 Brosnans from all over the world, including Sean G Brosnahan, converged in Castleisland for a very successful clan gathering.