How to Trace Your Irish Ancestors: An Essential Guide to Researching and Documenting the Family Histories of Ireland's People

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The Purpose of This Book is to highlight the most important documentary evidence available to the family historian wishing to research their Irish ancestry. It is aimed primarily at researchers whose time in Irish repositories is limited, and who want to know what is available locally and online.

Unlike the mainland United Kingdom, which has very extensive civil and census records, Irish ancestral research is influenced by the destruction of so many of the major record ...

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Overview

The Purpose of This Book is to highlight the most important documentary evidence available to the family historian wishing to research their Irish ancestry. It is aimed primarily at researchers whose time in Irish repositories is limited, and who want to know what is available locally and online.

Unlike the mainland United Kingdom, which has very extensive civil and census records, Irish ancestral research is influenced by the destruction of so many of the major record collections. To make good this loss, duplicates, copies and abstracts of the lost records have been assembled over the years by archivists across Ireland so that today, in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) alone, researchers have access to more than 53 shelf kilometres of records! Nevertheless, researchers are compelled to become better acquainted with lesser-known collections that serve as substitutes - such as tithe assessments, school registers and land and valuation records - than their counterparts in England, Scotland or Wales.

This book covers more than eighteen individual sources of information, making it simpler to organise your search and easier to carry it out both locally and on the ground.

About the Author:
Author, IAN MAXWELL is a former Records Officer at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, and is now a freelance writer for Family History Monthly and Ancestor magazines contributing numerous articles on both Irish, Scottish and English history and genealogy and lecturing on these subjects too

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845283759
  • Publisher: How To Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Abbreviations     ix
Introduction     x
Where to begin     1
Start at the beginning     1
What do I need to know?     2
How far back can I go?     2
A walk round a graveyard     3
Visit a LDS Family History Centre     3
Visiting the archives     4
Document your findings     5
A note about Irish surnames     6
Administrative divisions     8
General Alphabetical Index to the Townlands and Towns, Parishes and Baronies of Ireland     8
The townland     9
Unofficial place names     9
The county     9
The barony     10
The parish     10
The poor law union     11
District electoral divisions     11
Ordinance Survey maps     12
Civil registration     13
Birth certificates     13
Marriage certificates     14
Death certificates     14
The indexes     15
General Register Office, Dublin     15
General Register Office, Belfast, and district registrar's offices     17
Church of Latter-Day Saints     19
Census returns and old age pension claims     21
1821 census     22
1831-4 census     22
1841 census     23
1851 census     23
1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 censuses     24
1901 census     24
1911 census     25
1901 and 1911 censuses online     26
Census substitutes     28
Fiants of the Tudor sovereigns, 1521-1603     28
Calendars of patent rolls from the reigns of James I and Charles I     29
Seventeenth-century muster rolls     30
Depositions, 1641     31
Poll tax, 1660s     32
Books of survey and distribution     33
Census of Ireland, c. 1659     34
Subsidy rolls, 1663-66     34
Hearth money rolls     35
'Census of Protestant householders', 1740     38
The religious census, 1766     39
Irish Tontines, 1773, 1775 and 1777     39
Petition of Protestant Dissenters, 1775     40
Catholic Qualification Rolls     40
The flaxseed premium 1796     40
The Ulster Covenant, 1912     41
Wills and testamentary records     42
Wills before 1858      43
Wills 1858-1900     45
Wills from 1900     46
Election records     48
Qualifications for voting     48
Freeman records     49
Freehold registers     50
Poll books     50
Electoral registers and voters lists     51
Boards of guardians records     52
Life in the workhouse     53
Who managed workhouses?     54
The Great Famine     54
Emigration     55
New roles and responsibilities     56
School records     60
State-run schools     61
Practical skills     62
School attendance     62
School registers     63
Salary books     65
Migration     66
The Great Famine     67
A diverse community     67
Records in Britain     68
Census returns     68
Wills     69
Servicemen     70
Births, marriages and deaths     70
Family Records Centre     71
Emigration     72
Research in the United States     72
Research in Canada      76
Researching in Australia     79
Researching in New Zealand     82
Research in Britain     85
Research in Ireland     86
Landed estate records     91
Estate records     91
The records     94
Finding estate records     97
Encumbered estates     101
Taxation and valuation records     103
Tithe applotment books, 1823-38     103
Tithe defaulters     105
Valuation records     105
The townland valuation of the 1830s     106
The first general valuation (Griffith), 1848-64     106
Irish Land Commission     110
Registry of Deeds     112
Church records     115
The Church of Ireland     115
Registers     115
Vestry minutes     117
Church Temporalities Commission     117
Marriage licence bonds     118
The Roman Catholic Church     118
The Presbyterian Church     121
The Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church     123
The Reformed Presbyterian Church     123
The Methodist Church     123
The Religious Society of Friends      124
The Moravian Church     125
The Baptist Church     126
Congregational Church     127
Huguenot records     127
Jewish Records     128
Military records     130
National Archives, London     131
General Register Offices, Dublin and Belfast     132
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register     132
The Royal Irish Fusiliers Regiment Museum     133
The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regiment Museum     133
Militia     134
Yeomanry     137
Volunteers     139
Printed sources     140
Ordnance Survey memoirs     140
Street directories and almanacs     143
Newspapers     146
Law and order     150
Policing     150
Records of service     151
The Garda Museum and Archive     153
Irish Revenue Police     154
Researching in Northern Ireland     154
The courts     155
Crown and Peace records     155
Local government     157
Corporations     157
Town commissioners     158
Grand juries      158
County councils     161
Researching online     163
Message boards and mailing lists     164
General sites     165
Irish websites     167
Archives     169
Societies     171
Useful research resources     173
Index     193
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