The purpose of this page is to make more widely available a handout given out at the recent WDYTYA live
The following is based on the talk given by one of the Society's Fellows, Roz McCutcheon, at the Who do You Think You Are Live in February 2012.
Civil Registration: Non-Catholic marriages registered from 1845 & deaths available from 1864. Indexes available at www.familysearch.org
Parish Records: The Irish Government is committed to making all surviving parish records available free online to researchers. Some counties are already online. Check www.irishgenealogy.ie For certificates, apply via www.groireland.ie
The Irish Genealogical Research Society [IGRS] celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2011. It maintains a valuable library of rare books & unique manuscripts in London. It publishes a substantial Journal plus two newsletters a year & issues an e-bulletin monthly. It also maintains a very active Facebook page See link below.
There is also a members’ section on the website www.igrsoc.org where a rolling programme of material is uploaded, and there is also a members’ discussion forum & look-up service online.
Claire Santry is a member of the IGRS council. She is a journalist, & writes a regular blog on Irish genealogy. Her website is full of useful links: www.irish-genealogy-toolkit.com/
Quaker Records: The Friends' Historical Library in Dublin has uploaded a comprehensive collection of records of births, marriages and deaths. See www.quakers-in-ireland.org
Newspapers: Vast holdings in both the National Library of Ireland and at the British Newspaper Library in Colindale, London. Many collections of biographical extracts are available at the Irish Genealogical Research Society [IGRS]. Several Irish newspapers were included as part of the British Library 1800-1900 newspaper project where all issues are fully digitised and searchable.
There are several also several sites online:
Wills: See the above mentioned recommended books for will sources, and also:
Census: For a useful guide to what is currently available online see: www.censusfinder.com/ireland.htm
The examples used in this talk were taken from:
Pension searches: These can be found at: www.ireland-genealogy.com (formerly pensear.org). You can now quickly search through the database of hundreds of thousands of names from the lost Irish census of 1841 and 1851, and even view thumbnails of the records you will purchase. The collection is especially rich for Ulster.
Registry of Deeds: This vast resource in Dublin contains memorials of all deeds of the registered since the Registry was opened in 1708. The coverage is nationwide. Nick Reddan, who founded and hosts this website, reports that we now have over 85,000 index records from 10,643 memorials of deeds. The coverage of the index entries is here: freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~registryofdeeds