Cindi's Blog on Irish Research
February 15, 2012
I would really like for all of you Irish researchers out there to learn how to begin your Irish research, but first things first. If you don’t know where in Ireland your ancestor came from, you must do a very thorough search of records in the place or places where your ancestor immigrated. You are looking for any evidence of where he or she came from—marriage records, church records, tombstones, obituaries, etc.
You then must learn as much as you can about Ireland and the available records. First look at the country of Ireland: townland or town, civil parish, barony, or county. In 1922, Ireland was divided into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Learn about the parishes. There are two types of parishes in Ireland—civil and ecclesiastical.
Sources such as maps, gazetteers, local histories, etc. will also help. See such books as:
- A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland
- General Alphabetical Index to the Townlands and Towns, Parishes, and Baronies of Ireland: Based on the Census of Ireland for the Year 1851
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