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This record is the register of 237 pupils (almost all boys) enrolled in a charity school founded in Cloyne, Co. Cork in 1726.  The records available are for most of the period from 1742 until 1864 (excluding 1777-1808).  The original register book is in the Representative Church Body Library (Ms 870) in Dublin and these extracts and illustrations are provided with their permission.  The school was…

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Fig 1: A still from the Virtual Treasury video tour of the Public Record Office. This shows the top floor of the PRO with its central atrium providing light for researchers working in the building.

The original Public Record Office of Ireland was a state-of-the-art building located on Church Street in central Dublin. It was completed in…

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Victims and Criminals 1821-1860

Irish family historians must resort to some strange sources for information.  Our new e-Book  is a good example.  It contains information on approximately 3,000 persons named in notices seeking information on perpetrators of crime in the period 1821 to 1860. They are effectively ‘Wanted’ posters or ‘Proclamations’ seeking information on those involved in serious crimes and offering rewards for their capture.  Their value is that they name…

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As promised, below is a list of the websites I presented (plus others), and a short synopsis of their relevance. I have not detailed the major subscription sites.

Major Church Records

An Ancestor Network blog with a background to Catholic records is here;   Catholic Church Records are available free at    Thisi si ree site from National Library of Ireland with digitized images of all microfilms of Catholic records…

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We have some good news for you. The moment you have been waiting for has finally arrived! The DNA Academy managed by our partners at is now open for registration. Registration will be open for the Winter 2022 cohort for two weeks or until seats are full, so make sure to head over and claim your seat as soon as possible.


For 20% off…

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Wicklow Library Service Genealogy & Ancestor Network

County Wicklow Library Service and Ancestor Network are offering 5 free online Family History workshops. Everybody is welcome to join us.

Tickets (which are no cost) can be booked at the following link:

Participants can register for all the workshops in advance or each separately.

More information can also be found at

Week # Day, Date, Time Topic Title Speakers

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Ancestor Network is proud to be a partner with Irish Central on the Irish Heritage Tree Program as it is aligned closely with our ethos and essence.

There are two primary reasons for this.

1) We want to do our part in improving the environment and contribute to a more sustainable world leaving it in a better place for our children and grandchildren.

2) We are an Irish genealogy…

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A huge resource of family history information  is available in the journal articles,  books and manuscripts that have been written by genealogy enthusiasts and scholars over centuries. Flyleaf Press has just published a second edition of our listing of these family histories. It is called ‘Sources for Irish Family History – 2021’ and is available as an e-book from here.

The new 282-page e-publication contains…

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In June\July 2021, Ancestor Network, Ireland’s preeminent and most trusted Irish genealogy research, advisory and publishing business, ran a series of workshops on topics that you have told us you would like to know more about.

In the four sessions we covered, Irish Catholic Church Records, Irish Rentals as a Family History Source, Understanding Irish Placenames by and Planning a Genealogy Research Visit to Ireland.

We have now edited these sessions…

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Using Sports Archives as a Record Source

This piece of work was researched and written by expert Genealogist, Hilary McDonagh

When most people think of sports it is about playing, organising or supporting. But sports also generate records which can embellish the bare facts about our ancestors’ births and marriages.  Are these records in archives?  Sports Archives provide a unique source for genealogists and other researchers.  They  can transcend gender, religion, ethnicity and culture.  Whilst their importance…

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