Tracing Your Irish Roots

Tracing Your Irish Roots

It's often said that people are Ireland's most important export. Millions of people left their homes here to seek a better life in another country. For some it was a …

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Finding Your Irish Roots: How to Begin

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 …

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Making Sense of Names, Places and Dates

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 …

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Understanding Irish Land Divisions

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 …

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Finding and Searching Irish Records

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 …

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Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: Church Records

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 …

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Births, Marriages & Deaths: Civil Records

Extensive civil records exist recording the births marriages and deaths in Ireland after 1864. Prior to that, the records are less complete. This is a quick guide to finding those records …

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Census Records in Ireland

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 …

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Researching Irish Property & Land Records

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 …

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Other records: Newpapers, Wills and Graves

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 …

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Trade & Occupational Records

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 …

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Genealogy Software: Do you need it?

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 …

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