Irish Genealogy “How-To” Videos

The following short video presentations are given by experts in their field,  some of whom are members of the Society.  Each talk relates to a key resource for Irish genealogical research, noting what you can expect to find in the different documents, how to interpret any special annotations and highlighting known problems, issues or pitfalls.

Tips are also shared on where to find the records – online and off – and how to search within them. A fourth presentation on Civil Registration will be added soon.

Be sure to get in touch via our Contact Form to let us know what you think of the presentations and perhaps suggest further topics that we might cover. All images are used by kind permission of the relevant organisations. In this first video, Ireland Branch Chairperson, Claire Bradley, discusses the surviving census records for Ireland. This includes the 1901 and 1911 Censuses as well as fragments of the 19th century census, which are freely available on the National Archives website.

The Censuses of Ireland

In the second video, Dr Susan Hood of the Representative Church Body Library discusses surviving Church of Ireland parish registers, what they contain and where they can be found.

Church of Ireland Parish Records

In the third video, Claire Bradley discusses Roman Catholic parish records, which are available on a number of different websites, some for free and some are subscription based. We make use of the National Library’s images under the Creative Commons licence. Errata: we’re pleased to acknowledge Rootsireland does have records for Carlow (200,000) & Cork (over 1m) and they have now removed the year field as a mandatory search term.

Roman Catholic Parish Records


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