If you’re looking to dig a bit deeper into the lives of your Irish ancestors, you may have overlooked one very important resource: newspapers. Since your ancestors’ only mass media access would have been the papers, you can find out a great deal from them. Additionally, for the better part of the 19th century, most papers got their content from local and regional sources. This means much of the reporting would be specifically about villages or towns. And, luckily for you, the privacy laws we enjoy today were not around then. So expect to find full names, addresses and the like. To find more out about your Irish ancestors, you may just have to get your hands dirty.