This week’s blog will be short and sweet. All is good but it has been a crazy week, but I wanted to share some Irish resources that were presented in a presentation by Dr. David R. Elliot for the Lambton Genealogical Society of Ontario. Lambton County Branch – Ontario Ancestors – – Lambton County a Branch of The Ontario Genealogical Society (ogs.on.ca) Let’s look.
Some of these sites you may have heard of before. They are free and well worth exploring for your Irish ancestors.
If you are trying to better understand the Townland of your ancestor, check out the IreAtlas Townland database IreAtlas Townland Search Form (thecore.com).
If you would like to find information about Irish Civil Registrations of Births, Marriages, and Deaths.
https://www.Irishgenealogy.ie You can learn more about each collection and what years the records are available. There are images for most of these records.
You can also view Northern Ireland records at www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/search-gronis-online-records. (This one is a subscription site.)
The National Archives of Ireland, Dublin has many records from census to wills to convert rolls and others. www.nationalarchives.ie While most records require a visit—another great reason to visit Ireland—they have a genealogy area with online records you can check out here: Genealogy (nationalarchives.ie)
The National Library, Dublin www.nli.ie has the digitized Roman Catholic Parish Registers. These records are not indexed but you can browse.
The Church of Ireland Parish registers index can be found at the RCB Library (Anglican Archives), Dublin at www.ireland.anglican.org/about/rcb-library
Ask About Ireland (www.askaboutireland.ie ) has the Griffith Primary Land Valuation as well as the historical maps for each townland. Another item is the Thoms Directories for Ireland. I haven’t checked that out, but I have used the maps and Griffith Land Valuation from this site. This site was created by the Irish Libraries and Archives. After 1864 the land ownership and changes are not online so you would need to visit the Valuation Revision Office, Irish Life Complex, Lower Abbey St., Dublin. (Another excuse to visit Ireland.)
For those who have Northern Ireland ancestors, you can find Valuation Revision Books (after 1864) online at www.proni.uk There are other records there too. AND there are documents for Historic Ulster which includes the counties of Monaghan, Cavan, and Donegal prior to 1922.
I think you will be kept busy with these sites, and I will share more another time. Dr. Elliott generously shared this information in his presentation. He also has a book called Researching Your Irish Ancestors at Home and Abroad by David R. Elliott, Paperback | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com) My understanding is that he has another book planned for publication in the January timeframe. He didn’t share the title of this future publication. Have fun exploring your Irish Ancestors.
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