The year 1922 sends a collective shudder of epic proportions down the spines of people who are tracing their Irish ancestors. That is when the western block of the Four Courts in Dublin, which housed the Public Record Office of Ireland, exploded. Destroyed were what many consider to be the basic sources of Irish genealogical research. This event is the main reason why tracing Irish ancestors is such a challenge. During this class we will discuss the core building blocks of Irish genealogy and learn how to at least partially mitigate the destruction of the genealogical records that were lost. * The words "Basic Sources" do not indicate easy research, they are important fundamental sources needed to accurately prove a genealogy.