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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.


Course Content

Module 1

Introduction
Introduction to Irish Research
How Difficult Is Irish Research?
Major Texts
Irish History
Emigration
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
Birth
Marriage
Death
English Sources for Irish Civil Registration

Module 3
Census
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
Probate
Introduction
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
Occupations
Locating Research Already Done or in Progress
Published Family Histories Research Already Done
Locating Other Researchers Work in Progress
Genealogy Trip To Ireland

Module 5
Case Study
Case Study Outline
Case Study Information
Case Study Elizabeth Kelly
Appendix
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
Bibliography
Additional Websites
 
 

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