Starting to trace your roots can seem a daunting task, but there are two things that make it quickly seem more manageable.
The first is that you almost certainly already know more than you think, and the second that there is a LOT of help and information already out there, if you know where to find it.Read More
Official records in the past were not in the language of the people, Irish, but in either English or Latin, which can lead to a lot of confusion over names.
Dates too may be slightly inaccurate and a single place can have multiple names. How do you make sense of all this?Read More
There is no doubt that land division in Ireland is complicated. But as genealogical records are invariably tied to civil, administrative and church divisions understanding them from the get-go is vital.
This quick primer on land division will have you up to speed in no time.Read More
An overview of the major genealogical and other records of interest to you while tracing your ancestors in Ireland – with links to more detailed information about each.
Many Irish records are simply unavailable, they were destroyed by fire on two famous occasions in the past – but this isn’t as bleak a situation as it is often assumed to be.Read More
Sadly none of the Irish census records from the 19th century remain other than a few isolated fragments.
A recent project at the National Archives to put the entire census returns of 1901 and 1911 online (some are already available) will result in an extremely valuable researchable archive for researchers.Read More
Churches of all denominations hold a wealth of valuable genealogical information for anyone who is researching their roots in Ireland.
Unfortunately they are also quite scattered, with each religious denomination holding their records separately.Read More
Property and land holding records in Ireland are more important than they might otherwise be because of the absence of 19th century census records.
They are often the only way of filling in the gaps, and fortunately are very extensive. The downside is that many emigrants were not from land owning families.Read More
If an Irish ancestor was involved in a trade or profession, worked for the government or was in the church or military, chances are they appear in a trade publication.
Quite a number of these are available, but like the land records they will not generally include mention of the very poorest people, who made up the majority of emigrants.Read More
Newspaper archives, registries of wills and cemetery records and grave inscriptions can be valuable information sources for genealogical research in Ireland.
There are now several online databases of these resources where you may get lucky and find valuable nuggets of information about your family.Read More
You don’t absolutely need any special software, but having an easy method of storing and cross referencing information can be extremely useful, especially as the volume of data grows.
This is a brief list of widely available genealogy software, both free and available for a reasonable charge, with some of the pros and cons of each.Read More
A network of family history centres in Ireland, plus many professional genealogists, provide a range of services to people researching their Irish roots.
Some of the centres are community based and run, others are professional services. In most cases they charge a research fee, and in some a fee to access or search their records.Read More