I’ve had limited luck researching Irish records. It’s not that I don’t think I’m trying hard enough, I just think the ‘luck of the Irish’ is simply not with me on this endeavor. When I think strategically about Irish research, there are several apparent disadvantages, namely non-existent census records, late vital records registration, and limited early marriage records for a majority of the population.
The census records I need have been destroyed, and with government registration of births, marriages and deaths in Ireland beginning on January 1, 1864, my options are limited for finding my famine-era ancestors.
But I’ve been conducting some research on www.rootsireland.ie, and I’ve found some very helpful and promising leads. This site has a lot of records for people searching for documents from Northern Ireland, and it has a great selection of items from across the country. The obvious holes in this site revolve around the absence of records from a few densely-populated areas such as Wexford, Kerry(South), Cork counties, as well as the City of Dublin.
So on this note, the comment/question of the day is: What Irish records do you need and why?
Leave your interesting and creative responses in the comment box.
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