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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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New Irish books well worth a read...

For those family historians with Irish ancestry, there's a couple of new books now available from Flyleaf Press which may be of interest. They form part of the 'Tracing your...' series looking at specific counties in Ireland and offer excellent guidance on how best to go about finding records and generally how to discover more about your Irish ancestors. The 2 latest books I have discovered are 'Tracing Your Cork Ancestors' by Tony McCarthy and Tim Cadogan and 'Tracing Your Roscommon Ancestors' by John Hamrock. Cork is the largest Irish county with a diverse social history and equally diverse sets of records available. Roscommon is one of the smallest Irish counties with a history based primarily around agriculture that suffered greatly in the famine. If you need some advice and guidance on researching your Irish history for either of these counties or the other Irish counties for that matter, this series of books will definitely be of interest. They can be ordered at S&N Genealogy Supplies at http://www.genealogysupplies.com/product_search.php?search=Irish&titlebar=true Have you read any of the series? Let us know!

Tracing Your Cork Ancestors

New Irish county books available at S&N Genealogy

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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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