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Searching Irish ancestry

Postby KayFarndon » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:13 pm

I have never had cause to do any research in Ireland and need some pointers please. Any advice, Internet sites and any easy ways, please feel free to give me some ideas.
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Searching Irish ancestry

Postby brunes08 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:30 pm

A brief overview of Irish census returns can be found on census.nationalarchives.ie. Unfortunately many have been destroyed either deliberately or accidentally. However, you should be able to see some for 1901/1911 on the same site.


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Re: Searching Irish ancestry

Postby AdrianB38 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:15 pm

I always recommend https://www.irish-genealogy-toolkit.com/ though it's not the sort of site that you can sit down and read from end to end!

The biggest issue with Irish Genealogy is the 1922 fire in the Dublin PRO that destroyed pretty much everything that was in there. Thus, great swathes of documents are missing pre-1922 - though there might be indexes of them (e.g. marriage licences), compiled pre-1922. Something like 2/3 of pre-1869(?) Church of Ireland parish registers were destroyed in that fire. The much vaunted Roman Catholic registers might help you if you know where your guys came from - but the filming and writing is fairly appalling, leading to problematic indexing - see John Grenham's take on some of the issues on https://www.johngrenham.com/blog/2018/10/15/the-catholic-registers-are-rotting/. Apparently the RC registers have been filmed (except it's clear some weren't) but they're not in any archives so anything could have happened to them since the filming...

However, the one glorious bit is that the Irish government have filmed the Civil Registration certificates and are slowly(?) putting them on-line for free on https://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/. But civil registration started in Ireland much later...

The important thing is that you squeeze as much data out of the "other", non-Irish, end as possible - particularly - religion? birthplace?

Good luck! ;)
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Re: Searching Irish ancestry

Postby KayFarndon » Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:40 pm

Many thanks to both of you, especially Adrian, very helpful and I will begin my searching! I will say watch this space, because I am sure I will get sticking points.
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