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TheGenealogist expands its Irish coverage


TheGenealogist has just added more than 327,300 individuals to their Irish Catholic Parish Record Collection, along with a suite of Thom’s Official Directories covering Great Britain and Ireland.


These new Catholic Parish Registers have links to the original images. They cover the County of Carlow in the southeast region of Ireland.


Before civil registration was introduced in two stages into Ireland, first in 1845 for non Roman Catholic marriages and then in 1864 for all births, marriages and deaths, the parish registers of the various denominations were the main records in which Irish ancestors' vital events would have been recorded. The Roman Catholic church was far the largest denomination in Ireland and so it is these records that the majority of Irish forebears will mostly appear within.


Carlow Castle in County Carlow, Ireland


Also released at this time are Thom's Official Directories covering the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from Victorian times up to the 20th century. These records are great for discovering more about the towns and areas, finding the names of people who held official municipal or government offices, or were professionals such as doctors, clergy, etc.


You can use these books to find Irish businesses from manufacturers of Ales and Agricultural implements to makers of Woolens and Yarns. Thom’s directories allow you to find business advertisements as well as search for tradespeople from Auctioneers and Blacksmiths to Watchmakers and Wine & Spirit Dealers for all parts of Ireland.


The directories released in this package include:

  • Thom's Official Directory of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, 1859
  • Thom's Official Directory of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, 1898
  • Thom's Official Directory of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, 1913
  • These expand the Irish directories already in our collection


This release of Irish records joins those of the Irish Wills, recently made available on TheGenealogist, and so expands the coverage of Irish records on this family history site renowned for its comprehensive search facilities.


Read their article, Alexander Thom – Publisher and The Queen’s Printer for Ireland:


About TheGenealogist

TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections. 

TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

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Family history event in Ireland

If you live in Ireland or have an interest in Irish family history, you may wish to make it along to  the Irish genealogy event this weekend in Dublin. It's called 'Back to our Past'  and is at the RDS  Industries Hall in Dublin. From Friday the 18th October to Sunday 20th October the event  is on, with doors open from 11am to 7pm. There's a number of exhibitors and also The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI) will be offering a free advisory service,  so if you have any queries the experts are on hand! If you'd like more information, please go to the organisers official website at http://www.backtoourpast.com/mysitecaddy/site3/index.htm  
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Tracing those Irish Ancestors...

Family history research can often hit those brick walls which can stop you in your tracks. It is then that the benefits of technology and online research websites come to the fore to help out.

Griffith's Valuation Records in Ireland

Griffith's Valuation records, helps family historians find their Irish ancestors

One such issue can occur when tracing those ancestors who lived in Ireland. In the 19th Century there was an extensive amount of record taking in Ireland to analyse the population of the country. Despite the best intentions, the first Census in 1813 was felt to be greatly flawed and was deemed useless and subsequently destroyed. However, the 1821 census was more successful and produced the first comprehensive record of all the names in every household, fully 20 years before this was done in England! This excellent record taking would have been ideal for the family history researcher looking to trace their records. Unfortunately, the Irish census records for 1861-1891 were pulped by government order during the First World War to clear space, and then an explosion and fire in 1922 destroyed most of the census records from 1821 to 1851. This has proved unfortunate but there are ways around this for the family historian. Griffith's Valuation records provide a valued substitute for the lost census records for Ireland, as it lists every householder in Ireland at the time it was taken. Griffith's Valuation was carried out between 1848 and 1864 and provides records on where people lived and who owned property in Ireland. A typical example of how the records can be accessed online can be seen below courtesy of www.TheGenealogist.co.uk

Simple, easy searching online gives the researcher the following results:

Complete with the original image:

Using the records on TheGenealogist, the database is searchable by forename and surname with phonetic matching and wildcards in combination with County and Barony and lists over 2.6 million Individuals. The information given includes county, Barony, Poor Law Union then divided into electoral divisions, parishes and townlands, and OS map sheet number with link to view available maps. This is the first time that Griffith’s Valuation has been made available with Phonetic matching, Nicknames, Wildcards and OS Maps.
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