Looking at Rootsireland.ie – Those Places Thursday

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.

As with sites such as findmypast.co.uk, scotlandspeople.gov.uk, and findmypast.ie, searching for records is free, but viewing individual documents will cost you about $7 American.

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.

See you at the Library!


About Fountaindale Public Library District's Genealogy Blog

The Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Blog transmits research tips, notes, and other useful information for genealogy, family history, and local history researchers. This blog is maintained and authored by Adult and Teen Services Manager Debra M. Dudek, and contains publications and postings by Circulation Manager Theresa Hildebrand, Children's Services Assistant Cathy Gonsowski, and School Program Associate Laura Didier. The Fountaindale Public Library District offers numerous resources for the public, including books, materials, database access, a monthly genealogy club, and free programming. The Genealogy Club also offers volunteer research assistance by appointment. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the library at (630) 685-4176 or by e-mail at ddudek@fountaindale.org
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