Irish Genealogy Records - A Comprehensive Guide

During the past decades, Irish genealogy has gained a reputation for being a frustrating and disappointing pastime for amateur family historians. Countless stories have emerged of people hitting dead ends and the dreaded brick wall. Fortunately, there are now more occurrences of successful discoveries of long forgotten ancestors due the the dedication of genealogists such as the team representing MY IRISH ANCESTORS.

Beginners - Where to start

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Irish Genealogy - Discovering your past

If you are only beginning research into your Irish ancestry, the best place to start is by speaking to older family members such as grandparents. Compose a short questionnaire and get family members to fill in details of what they know. Get details such as full names, dates of birth, places of birth, marriage and death / burial details and if any, emigration details. Place names are also very important, such as the name of a townland, parish or village. There may old stories concerning ancestors so record these facts as they might be useful in future research. Remember, the more you know the easier it will be to find further information regarding ancestors.

Major Sources of Irish Ancestry

Church Records Land Records Directories
Registry of Deeds Wills Emigration Records
Newspapers

Genealogy Sources for each Irish County

Antrim Armagh Carlow Cavan
Clare Cork Derry (Londonderry) Donegal
Down Dublin Fermanagh Galway
Kerry Kildare Kilkenny Laois
Leitrim Limerick Longford Louth
Mayo Meath Monaghan Offaly
Roscommon Sligo Tipperary Tyrone
Waterford Westmeath Wexford Wicklow

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Irish Census records - A Brief History

Because of Ireland's turbulent history and the destruction of millions of records has made research very challenging. Almost all of the census records from the 19th century have been destroyed. The first all Ireland census took place in 1821 and from then it has taken place every 10 years. Tragically, in 1922 during the Irish Civil War, when the Public Records Offices in the Four Courts buildings in Dublin was destroyed, almost all of the census records of 1821, 1831, 1841 and 1851 were lost. All that survive of these returns are as follows;

  • 1821 - Parts of counties Cavan, Fermanagh, Galway, Meath and Offaly (formerly known as King's County)
  • 1831 - Fragments of County Derry / Londonderry are all that remain
  • 1841 - The parish of Killishandra, county Cavan are all that survived.
  • 1851 - Only a few parishes in County Antrim remain.
  • The census returns of 1861 and 1871 were destroyed shortly after the census was completed.

    During the First World War, the census returns of 1881 and 1891 were completely destroyed by order of the British government. Apparently, the government felt that there might be a shortage of paper and so ordered that these returns be pulped for use in the war effort. Many historians do not believe the reason for this destruction and claim the returns were destroyed solely because the British were about to hand control of Ireland back to the Irish and wanted to destroy as many administrative records as possible. Incidentally, the corresponding census returns for Scotland, England and Wales were not used and still survive to the present day.

    There are two complete census that remain, they are from 1901 and 1911. The find out more about these census click the links below under the heading "major sources of Irish Ancestry"




    My Irish Ancestors - Genealogical Record Collection

    Since 1997 our team of researchers have gathered millions of records from several sources. We have filing cabinets full of microfilms of ancestral records dating back to the 16th century. Our records cover every Irish county and if we do not have a particular records we are able to find it in one of the records offices or county libraries situated throughout Ireland. Below is a small example of what we have;

  • Civil Records from 1849: Details and indices of births deaths and marriages dating from 1849
  • Griffith's Valuation 1848 - 1868: A country-wide property survey of every Irish dwelling during the mid 19th century
  • Tithe Applotments 1823 - 1838: A valuation of property throughout Ireland to specify tithe payments to the Church of Ireland.
  • Landowners & Tenants 1876: A comprehensive record collection of landowners and tenants in Ireland
  • Spinning Wheel Entitlement lists 1796: Almost 60,000 recorded in this 18th century record.
  • Church Records: Our own collection of parish registries dating from the early 1600's.
  • Country-wide Directories: A large collection of directories of towns and cities from early 19th century.
  • Wills and Admons: These records date from the 1500's
  • Townland Maps: We have maps of every townland & parish in all counties of Ireland
  • Emigration Records: From Ireland to all parts of the world.
  • Cemetery Records: We have many headstone inscriptions from several parishes throughout Ireland
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