Mike Mulligan

Mike is a Principal Product Manager at Ancestry, based in our Dublin office. Mike has been doing on family history since he was young growing up in Donegal surrounded by generations of cousins.

AncestryDNA – The Irish Connection

Posted by Mike Mulligan on January 25, 2017 in AncestryDNA

Recently my friend Harry asked me if I could look at his AncestryDNA Ethnicity Estimate, as he was a little puzzled by the results. The puzzle for him was he had a fair amount of Irish in his estimate even though he wasn’t aware of any Irish ancestors. I asked him if he had any Read More

The 1916 Easter Rising – The Aftermath

Posted by Mike Mulligan on May 19, 2016 in Ireland

20th May 1916, exactly 100 years ago today, my great grandparents Edward Mulligan and Bridget Merrins were married in Dublin. It was a typical Irish wedding for the time.  There was one aspect of the wedding that was not typical however. Edward and Bridget were married just weeks after the 1916 Easter Rising. Dublin was in Read More

The Easter Rising – The importance of May 3, 1916

Posted by Mike Mulligan on May 3, 2016 in Collections, Ireland

The Easter Rising is a seminal event in Irish history when a small group of Irish Volunteers rebelled against the might of the British Empire in pursuit of an independent Ireland. It is an event which would have very personal consequences for many Irish families. Last month Ancestry released free forever the Easter Rising Courts Martial collection. Read More

The Ireland that we dreamed of

Posted by Mike Mulligan on March 17, 2016 in Ireland

I first visited America in the 1990s when I went on holiday to Boston to visit my cousins.  Boston is a city I absolutely love and for an Irish person it can feel like a home away from home. During that first visit one of my cousins asked me if we had electricity in my home. Read More

Introducing the Irish Catholic Parish Registers collection

Posted by Mike Mulligan on March 2, 2016 in Collections, Ireland

Ancestry has just launched the Irish Catholic Parish Registers collection containing over 10 million baptism, marriage and death records, covering every diocese in Ireland. For anyone with Irish ancestry, this is an incredibly exciting collection. The parish registers along with the Irish Census (1901/1911), Irish Civil Registers (birth, marriage, death) and land records (Griffith, Tithe Read More

AncestryDNA – The Viking in the room

Posted by Mike Mulligan on June 23, 2015 in AncestryDNA, United Kingdom

At genealogy conferences I’ve spoken about AncestryDNA genetic ethnicity estimates. When the topic of Scandinavian ethnicity comes up, there tends to be an elephant in the room, or more accurately a Viking. At some point I invariably get asked by someone if having Scandinavian genetic ethnicity in their estimate means they are descended from Vikings. Read More