Ireland is an island that is steeped in beauty as well as history. It may be a small country but there is no denying that it is bursting at the seams with deep-seeded history and heritage at every turn. There are over 2 million people in Australia alone who have ancestors who once called the Emerald Isle their homeland. When you start researching your family history you never know what you are going to find. There are over 2 million church records online as well as local genealogy centres throughout Ireland to help you trace your Irish heritage.