Introduction to Irish Genealogy




Module 1: Getting Started

In this section, you will learn to review family records, use American resources to find additional information, and gain a perspective on genealogical records in relation to Irish history.

  • Principles of genealogical research – Start with what you know
  • A perspective on Irish history

Module 2: Finding Your Townland

In this section, you will learn about Irish land jurisdictions, and search for a townland using American records, Irish maps and other resources.

  • Understanding Irish land divisions
  • Locating a townland
  • Using Irish maps

Module 3: Records of Immigration

In this section, you will learn about the factors that contributed to Irish migration, and the records that provide the year of immigration.

  • Determining the year of immigration
  • Ship’s passenger lists

Module 4: Working with Vital Records

In this section, you will begin your research in Irish records of civil registration, develop your awareness of the availability of church records by denomination, and carry out research for an individual using the online website of the Irish Family History Foundation.

  • Civil registration
  • Church records
  • The Irish Family History Foundation

Module 5: Using Censuses and Census Substitutes

In this section, you will learn about Irish census and census substitute records, and how they can be used in genealogical research.

  • Irish censuses
  • Census fragments

Module 6: Using Land Records – Introduction to Griffiths Valuation

In this section, you will learn about Griffith's Valuation land records, and how they can act as census substitutes.

  • Householders Index
  • Griffiths Valuation
    • House Books, Land Books and Tenure Books

Module 7: Using Land Records – Introduction to Tithe Applotment

In this section, you will learn about Tithe Applotment records, and how you can use them in your research.

  • Tithe Applotment

Module 8: Using Land Records: Valuation Lists

In this section, you will learn about Valuation Lists, and how they can be used to reconstruct a family.

  • Valuation lists
  • Finding the current occupier

Module 9: Working with Other Resources

In this section, you will learn about additional Irish record sources which may be used in your research.

This is a survey section of other possible sources, and will be covered in more depth in the advanced course.

  • Newspapers
  • Gravestones
  • Family histories
  • Local histories and historians
  • Wills
  • Estate records
  • Contacting family in Ireland
  • Molecular genealogy

Module 10: Pulling It All Together

In this section, you will review your findings, and create a research report. You will also consider possibilities for future research.

  • Reporting your research findings
  • Where do you go from here?

 


 

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