The Luck of the Irish – Irish Migration Patterns and Resources

By Jeanne Rollberg “Erin go Bragh” means Ireland forever!  The holiday season is a good time to think of the traditions of each country of our migrant ancestors. When we think of Irish forebears, we may often envision Midnight Mass or the tradition of leaving two candles on the sill on Christmas Eve –to symbolize…

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Genealogy in Ireland: Part 5 – Getting the Most out of the 1901 and 1911 Census of Ireland

By Jayne McGarvey Most of us will by now be fairly familiar with reading Census Returns, but do you make full use of the additional forms included with the Census?  Most of us will use Form A, the handwritten version of the transcript seen below.  This one is my great-grandparents and their children in 1901.…

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Genealogy in Ireland: Part 4 – Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths in Ireland

By Jayne McGarvey Civil Registration of non-Catholic Marriages commenced across the entire island of Ireland in 1845 with all Births, Marriages and Deaths commencing in 1864. The Superintendent Registrar’s Districts were not set up using the system of Civil Parishes or any other traditional land divisions but instead used the system of Poor Law Unions…

Genealogy in Ireland: Part 1 – Getting Started

By Jayne McGarvey Are you considering exploring your Irish roots for the first time, or want to investigate your family history further but are unsure where to start? Irish genealogy has somewhat of a reputation for being a disappointing and frustrating pastime for amateur family historians. Stories of people hitting the dreaded brick wall, and that all the…

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An Update on Irish Records Now Available On-line

By Jayne McGarvey Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.  This seems rather a good day to review some of the more recent collections that…