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Research: Irish Ancestors
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This course is an introduction to the first two centuries of family history research in Ireland, covering both Northern Ireland, which remains part of Britain, and the Republic of Ireland (Eire), which has been independent since 1922. The emphasis is in doing the research yourself from wherever you happen to live, rather than merely covering the resources available in Ireland. Irish records are available worldwide if you know where to look, and this course will show you where they are and how to utilize them.

Consideration is given to the difficulties inherent in Irish research, key items in Irish history and geography and to emigration (the Irish Diaspora). Major original sources covered are civil registration, census (including substitutes where this is lacking), church registers and probate. These are followed by discussions of the usefulness of occupational records, locating research already done or in progress and a brief guide to resources for planning a genealogy research trip to Ireland. Addresses of Irish archives, family history societies and websites are given and the course contains a bibliography and handy forms to use for key resources.


Module 1
Note about Web Addresses
Introduction to Irish Research

How Difficult Is Irish Research?

  • Major Texts

    Irish History

    Irish Geography
  • Administrative Subdivisions
  • County Index Maps
  • 6" O.S. Townland Maps
  • More Historical Maps
  • Modern Maps
  • Gazetteers

    Module 2
    Civil Registration
    Introduction to Civil Registration

    Availability of Civil Registration
  • Using the Indexes
  • Yearly Addenda
  • Obtaining Certificates
  • Using Microforms at the Family History Center
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Northern Ireland

    Information Given on Certificates

    English Sources for Irish Civil Registration

    Module 3

    What the Census Returns Show
  • Availability
  • 1901 and 1911 Index and Records
  • 1926 Records
  • Street Indexes for 1901

    Searching the Census
  • Finding the District, Parish and Family
  • Census Dates
  • Extra Helps With Census

    Alternatives to Censuses
  • Abstracts
  • Church Registers & Vestry Minutes
  • Claims for Old Age Pensions
  • Griffith''s Valuation Lists
  • National Schools Registers 1850-1950
  • Parish Histories
  • Return of Owners of Land 1876
  • Spinning Wheel Survey 1796
  • Tithe Surveys 1823-1837
  • Workhouse Records

    Church Registers
  • Finding the Right Parish
  • Church of Ireland (Anglican)
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • Presbyterian Church
  • Methodist Church
  • Other Dissenting Churches
  • Availability of Church Registers

    Calendar Changes in 1752
  • Old Style and New Style
  • Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the Lost 11 days

    Phonetic Spellings
    Monumental Inscriptions

    Module 4

    Survival of Probate Materials
  • Irish Wills & Administrations 1536-1857
  • Irish Wills & Administrations 1858-1920
  • Irish Land Commission
  • Irish Deeds & Settlements for Land 1708-1929
  • Wills & Administrations from 1920
  • Wills of Irish in England 1858-present

    What if the Will Does Not Survive?
    Further Reading

    Locating Research Already Done or in Progress
  • Published Family Histories Research Already Done
  • Locating Other Researchers Work in Progress

    Genealogy Trip To Ireland

    Irish Archives
  • Archives in Northern Ireland
  • Archives in the Republic of Ireland

    Irish Genealogical Project and Heritage Centres
  • Irish Heritage Centres

    Irish Family History Societies

    Additional Websites
    Useful Forms


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