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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 www.registers.nli.ie    Thisi si ree site ...
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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 ...
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This blog contains information to support a  talk by Dr Jim Ryan on ‘Irish Church Records’.  The talk outlined the record-keeping practices, and current availability of records, for the major Irish churches, i.e. Roman Catholic,  Church of Ireland (Episcopalian or Anglican), Presbyterian, Methodist and Quaker. Over 98% of the population were members of one or ...
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Small Sources 69:  Estate papers are an intriguing mix of the myriad  documents generated by a  family and their staff in the management of their estate and its tenants, and in their own daily lives,  often over several generations.   The contents typically comprise  rentals, deeds, personal and business correspondence, staff records, maps and wills.  While ...
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Registration of births, deaths and marriages in Ireland started in 1864 except for non-Catholic marriages which start in 1845. There are over 15.5 million records available on-line and they are a major resource for family history research.  A separate blog provides the details of the records that are available and how to access them.  However, ...
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Civil records of birth, marriage or death are the gold standard in proof of an event in an ancestor’s life, and certificates make a nice artefact in your collection. In Ireland, civil registration of births, deaths and marriages started in 1864,  except for non-Catholic marriages which start in 1845. Within the Republic of Ireland, the ...
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When we start researching, it seems like our family history will be a never-ending tapestry of people and events. New lineages spread out in all directions and exciting connections with history and with other families are discovered. The numbers of different lines of family which can be researched, and the diversity of their lives and ...
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