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1 Genealogy Introduction Create an Irish Family Tree By Mike Towey, Dublin, Ireland Email Tel +3531-441-6177 Mike Towey Dublin, 1

2 Genealogy Introduction Create My Family Tree In this presentation I will present a basic approach to creating My Family Tree. I will discuss the primary sources available for genealogical research in Ireland. Creating your family tree is a continuing task, it is never completed. Mike Towey Dublin, 2

3 Genealogy Introduction Create My Family Tree These are the areas discussed in this presentation Where/How do I start researching my family tree. Births, Marriages and Death records. Census Records. Griffiths Valuations, Tithe Allotments, Estate records. Where the primary genealogical records can be found. How Ireland is divided for administration purposes. Some Useful Internet Sites. Questions and Answers. Mike Towey Dublin, 3

4 Genealogy Introduction Where / How Do I Start Initial Research Start with yourself and work backwards. Talk to your relatives: Start with oldest. Consult old family records: Letters, photographs, gravestones. Find your ancestors place of origin in Ireland. The townland. Deal with the facts: Legends are rarely 100% accurate. Develop a research plan: Decide which ancestor’s branch you will study first. Record your data: You will accumulate huge amounts of information. Get organised: You may lose valuable data. Don’t be too ambitious: It’s difficult to get data before 1800. Mike Towey Dublin, 4

5 Genealogy Introduction Record Searches Where to look: Birth, Marriage and Death records. Census records. Church records. Land records. Wills and Probate records. Emigration records. Adopted country records: USA Latter day Saints libraries. What to look for: Find out more about your surname and naming patterns. Locate and interview distant relatives. Put queries on message boards and newspapers. Join an Irish Family History society. Learn more about Irish History. Hire a professional genealogist: Careful of internet charlatons.

6 Genealogy Introduction Births, Marriages and Deaths Index to Civil Registration. In Ireland civil registrations began in 1864. A National index was set up in three sections: Ireland Births 1864 – 1958. Ireland Marriages 1845 – 1958. Ireland Deaths 1864 – 1958. The records cover all of Ireland and are supplemented with obituaries from newspapers plus indexes to wills and gravestone details. Using the volume and page number from the index you can order photocopies of the full registry entry for Birth, Marriage and Death records.

7 Genealogy Introduction Census Records Ireland’s complete census are currently available for 1901 and 1911. These are digitised and available free online. Ireland is planning to release digitized 1926 census in 2016. Some Background on Censuis records: Irish Census began in 1813 but was flawed and deemed useless. Second attempt was made in 1821, then every decade after. Latest census was 2011. Records from 1821 to 1851 were destroyed at Public Records Office during 1922 Civil War in Ireland. Some fragments survive. Records from 1861 to 1871 were destroyed shortly after collection. Records from 1881 to 1891 were pulped by government order during WW1. The 1921 census was delayed until 1926 because of Civil War.

8 Genealogy Introduction Griffiths Valuations, Tithe Allotment, Estate Records Griffith Valuation of Tenements -- 1847 to 1863. Survey led by Richard Griffith, a Dublin geologist. He and his team valued the whole country, county by county. Records are arranged by County, Barony, Poor Law Union, Civil Parish and Townland. Lists head of household and value for every property in Ireland. Tithe Allotment books 1823 to 1838. A valuation, Parish by Parish, to determine tithes payable by each landholder to the upkeep of the Church of Ireland. Estate Records for 1700’s and 1800’s. Provides valuable records on employees of wealthy families. Some records survived but difficult to track down.

9 Genealogy Introduction Where some records are kept Public Records Office (PRO) or General Registry Office (GRO). Werburgh St, Dublin 01-8940080 Holdings include: All BDM civil registration records, 1864 to present. It’s the research branch of GRO in Roscommon. There is a research room. Photocopies of records can be obtained. National Archives of Ireland. Bishop St, Dublin 8, 01-4072300 Holdings include: Census returns, Tithe Allotment books, Griffith's Valuations, Wills, Estate Records, Parish Records, Workhouse Records. National Library of Ireland (NLI) Kildare St, Dublin. 01-6030200 Holdings include: Catholic Parish Registers (originals are in the Parishes), property maps, newspapers, directories, family histories, local history stuff. Other Sources: Dublin City Library and Archives, North Mayo Family History, South Mayo Family History, Roscommon Heritage and Genealogy Centre. The Internet: Some Internet sites are free, some are fee paying.

10 Genealogy Introduction Ireland Administrative Divisions Provinces (4): Connaught, Munster, Leinster and Ulster. Counties (32): 26 in Republic of Ireland and 6 in Northern Ireland. Barony: Before 1898 was an important land division for land surveys and early censuses. Spans civil parishes and counties. Still used for genealogy. Diocese: A district supervised by a Bishop. It’s divided into parishes. Civil Parish (2,500): Each county is made up of Civil Parishes. Civil parishes are not same as Church of Ireland or Catholic Parishes. City or Town: May contain many Townlands. Townland: The smallest official division essential for genealogical research. Poor Law Unions: Generally centred on market towns with workhouses for destitute. NOTE Genealogical sources are mostly recorded by locality. Ballaghaderreen town is in County Mayo, Barony of Costello, Diocese of Achonry, Parish of Castlemore and Kilcolman, PLU of Castlerea. Derrinacartha townland is in County Mayo, Barony of Costello, Diocese of Achonry, Parish of Kilbeagh, PLU of Swineford.

11 Genealogy Introduction Useful Ireland Websites Has census and ship lists plus many links to Irish genealogy sources. Has a vast amount of genealogy and historical data. A must for genealogy guidance and information. A blank genealogy form useful for recording data. Public Records Office or General Registry Office. Ireland National Archives. National Library of Ireland. www.dublincity.iewww.dublincity.ieDublin City Library and Archive. North Mayo Family Heritage Centre. South Mayo Family Heritage Centre. Roscommon Heritage and Genealogy Centre. Note: Ballaghaderreen and surrounding townlands were in Co. Mayo until 1898 when they were realigned to Co. Roscommon.

12 Genealogy Introduction Roundtable Discussion Questions. Answers. Discussion among attendees.

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