I'd like to inform anyone here at the IRELAN forum that if you're not aware of it you should be, that we have an IRELAND (yes, this surname in its original form was IRELAND, not IRELAN, and this is well documented factually)website, not in its 10th year which has vastly more to offer for this particular surname than all the IRELAN/IRELAND site combined.
The site is free of charge, but does come with a few minimum requirements that nearly anyone can meet, even the novice among us. At the site we've combined:
over 1100 members worldwide all researching this surname
over 2250 photos and images
over 10840 postings and messages
over 1.030 Gb of compiled data
over 120 private reported genealogies (to remain private!)
many personal and private holdings being shared nowhere else
a dedicated address book for networking
uniquely maintained databases
the only y-DNA project dedicated to this surname and its variations.
Just to give some insight, we are coordinating the research on many fronts and for many of the specific lineages, we now understand better being or not being related in the genealogical sense. Most valued researchers of this surname are members of the ISGS and through that body have coordinated the research and driven it to accomplishments no single nor group effort has to date. We've dispelled or proven a number of valued previous historical works, with some very interesting implications for the overall work concerning this surname.
Should anyone have an interest in this surname then you're asked to seriously consider joining us in tandem. Although counterintuitive, there is a precendence for keeping the coommunity a closed one. I would be glad to explain the rational beind this philosphy. To put it briefly though, our success in comparison to these more public forum speaks for itself. Albeit, they are visited as soon and often a new posting is generated, the real discussion, dialog and analysis takes place at the ISGS. To put it bluntly, the organization has yielded more in the past 10 years than all previous studies combined before. Through a combination of shared effort, concerted time and resource management, we've been able to cut the amount of redundant work across all fields. A good amount of our holdings, as stated, come from private archival holdings and as such will never be found in the public domain. That alone makes us unique to the study of this surname. In fact, it's been our finding that much more than 50% of the documentary evidence and more than 90% of the photographic, is in private, nnot public holdings. Many of those will not be found and are expressly on loan to us with that understanding.
Finally, the privacy of our forum allows us certain advantages that a public forum simply will not. Very up-to-date material sharing.
So, if you want to really research and share. Do it with your cousins at the ISGS and join this more concerted effort. Feel free to contact me, Bob IRELAND, through my given email (click on the links assocated with this message. I am listed) and lets get the process of getting you on-board moving along. Remember, IRELAN is an historical scriptual misrepresentation of the IRELAND surname, not as in some oral tradition, an attempt to make a protest. IRELANs hail from IRELANDs, even the genetics drive this point home clearly and unambiguously.