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Welcome to my site and blog.   My focus will be on methodology, technology, the Internet, Mac computers and Irish research.  Drop me a note on general topics of interest.  If you enjoy reading a blog, let me know by “liking” it and sharing it with you friends.   In 2017 I plan to repeat (and add to) a series I wrote in 2011 on Strategies for Irish research.  Some of the methodology remains the same, but lots has happened since 2011. We now have civil registration online at, images of Roman Catholic baptisms and marriages at the National Library, and the townland valuations at the National Archives.    FindMyPast has brought on a tremendous number of databases covering all of Ireland and in a joint project with Ancestry, created an index of the National Library Roman Catholic images.  

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Irish Census - The Good and the Bad

   So far this year, I’ve discussed the basics of good research, Irish jurisdictions, finding your ancestor’s locality in Ireland, civil registration and church records.  So what’s next?  For most US researchers the question of census records comes up.  …

Presbyterian Church Records in Ireland

Transcript of the records of the 1st Boardmills Presbyterian Church, County Down, dating to 1782. 
FHL 941.65/K7 K29

   Based upon the 1861 census of Ireland, about 9% of the population of Ireland was Presbyterian, mainly centered in the northern counties (where 26% were Presbyterian).   During the Protestant Reformation, John Knox brought the religion to Scotland, and the Plantation of Ireland (1606-1610) brought many of the lowland Scots Presbyterians to Ulster.  …

Indexes to Roman Catholic Records in Ireland

   When I began researching, the only source for Irish Catholic records was the National Library of Ireland.  In the 1990s and early 2000s much of my time in Ireland was spent at the National Library in front of a microfilm reader.  …

Roman Catholic Church Records

   In 1695 laws were enacted in Ireland for the Suppression of Popery - known as Penal Laws.  Clergy were banished; Catholics could not vote, hold office, or own property.  Between 1772 and 1795 Catholic Relief Acts began to gradually restore rights taken away by Penal Laws.  …

Church of Ireland


Parish Church of Rossinver - Leitrim

     In 1560 the Church of Ireland became the State Church of Ireland and all other denominations were “dissenters” and therefore subject to various forms of discrimination and persecution.  …

Religion in Ireland - A Historical Perspective


   As I mentioned last week, it’s important to understand that religion in Ireland is a political issue as well as a spiritual one.  Therefore a brief look at the history of Ireland may help you understand their church records.

Unpuzzling Irish Church Records

Church records for Annahilt
Steeple of St. Nicholas (Green)

St. Nicholas Church in Dundalk (Church of Ireland).  This church is also known as the “green church” because of the color of its copper steeple.  My great grandfather, James Sprague was a stonemason and worked on this church.

   Once you have worked through Irish Civil Registra-tion and arrived at the period prior to 1864, you’ll want to begin working through church records.  If they exist, church records may be the only record our Irish ancestors left.  …

Other Civil Registration Indexes

   Last week I focused on the and their indexes and online images.  The images might not be there because:

   • It’s a marriage before 1882

   • It’s a death before 1891

   • It’s a birth after 1915

Civil Registration in Ireland

   Irish Civil Registration began in 1864 for all births, deaths and marriages, and in 1845 for Protestant marriages.  Even if your ancestors left before that time, it is likely that family members remained. …

Administrative Divisions: Poor Law Unions

  I just realized (as I was about to start discussing records in Ireland) that I was so excited to start the information on finding a locality in Ireland, I neglected to cover Poor Law Unions.  

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