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Finding the Origin of Your Ancestors in Ireland
Roberta Gaynor

I. Learn everything possible about the immigrant and his family from North
American records. It is nearly impossible to trace ancestors without
first knowing the place of origin in Ireland. You will want to have
search every possible source for clues as to this place of origin before
you begin research in Irish records. If you do this it will greatly
improve your chance of success in doing Irish research.

a. vital records (family records - old letters)
b. obituaries
c. church records
d. land records
e. naturalization records
f. immigration records
g. military records
h. court records
i. counties or local histories
j. probate records
k. census records

II. Facts to keep in mind:

a. There were no exact sailing schedules as late as 1850. This resulted
in some people moving for a short time to a seaport town. Main
seaports towns are: Belfast, Dublin, Cork, and Waterford.

b. Many small ships took people to England (especially Liverpool) to
await a larger ship going to America. Some people may have remained in
England for a short period.

c. Place names may have been misheard, misspelled, or misquoted.

d. Traditions may be entirely incorrect.

e. Emigrants often moved in groups. If you cannot get the place of
origin for your ancestor, trace one or more of the families who might
have moved with him or lived near him. They often stayed near each
other after settling in North America.

f. Few emigration records exist for people leaving Ireland. There are no
official records for emigration from Ireland to North America prior to
1815. Your best source would be United States or Canadian immigration

g. History is important because conditions in certain parts of the
country (Ireland) might have been causes for emigration.

III. If, after exhausting all American records, you have not determined the
place of origin in Ireland, there are several general indexes for Ireland
which could be consulted.

a. Civil Registration. 1845-present. Genealogical Society.

b. Surname Index to Tithe Applotment Records (c. 1830). Ireland.

c. Surname Index to the Valuation Records (c. 1850-55. Ireland.

d. Registry of Deeds, Surname Index, 1708-1904. Genealogical Society.

e. Probate Indexes. These are not always for the entire country but
rather for ecclesiastical areas and may be found useful in locating
residence. Genealogical Society.

f. General books about Irish surnames. Genealogical Society.

g. Index to the Collections at the Genealogical Office n Dublin.
Genealogical Society.

h. Index to the Collections at the Public Record Office in Belfast.
Genealogical Society.

IV. Determine the jurisdiction of your place in Ireland in as much detail as
possible. The following jurisdictions will -all- be important and should
be determined:

a. Province - there are four provinces in Ireland consisting of several
counties each. They are: Ulster, Leinster, Connaught, and Munster.

b. County - there are 32 counties in Ireland. There are two counties
that have changed their names, Leix or Laoighis or Laois formerly
Queen's County and Offoly (Ua Failghe) formerly King's County.

c. Barony - the barony is usually an area of land within a county. It is
based on old tribal jurisdictions. There are 325 baronies.

d. Diocese - this is an ecclesiastical division. There are 28 dioceses for
the Church of Ireland. The boundary of each diocese does not always
correspond to the counties boundaries.

e. Parish - this is a smaller division of diocese. It can contain
several towns or cities or there may be many parishes in a large city.
There were 2,447 parishes in Ireland.

f. City and/or town - this is civil jurisdiction.

g. Townland - these are small parcels of land which sometimes represent
small farms or acreage. There are about 60,000 of them.

V. For additional information, there are several printed works.

a. Margaret Dickson Falley. "Irish and Scotch-Irish Ancestral Research",
2 volumes, 1961-62.

b. Wallace Clare, "A Simple Guide to Irish Genealogy", 3rd edition, 1966.

c. Patrick Henchy, "Irish Emigration to North America for the Past Three
Centuries", World Conference on Records Paper, 1969.

d. Heraldic Artists Ltd., "Handbook on Irish Genealogy", 1973.

Jurisdictions can be determined by using the following reference books:

- "1871 Census Alphabetical Index to the Towns and Townlands of Ireland",
1877. Excellent and most useful Irish reference book. It lists each
townland alphabetically and gives the parish, county, and barony for
each one. There is also an alphabetical index by parish and barony.
Very helpful.

- "Topographical Dictionary of Ireland", by Samuel Lewis, 1837. Gives
details on parishes.

- "County Maps of Ireland, Showing Civil and Catholic Parishes and
Baronies", prepared by the National Library of Ireland, Dublin.

- "Special Report on Surnames in Ireland, Together with Varieties and
Synonymes and Christian Names in Ireland" by Sir Robert E. Matheson,
Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co, 1968. This book should be
checked to determine the different spellings and variations of

Additional references:

"A Simple Guide to Irish Genealogy" compiled by Rev. Wallace Clare, 1937,
3rd edition, revised by Rosemary Ffollitt, 1966, Irish Genealogical
Research Society, c/o The Irish Club, 82 Eaton Square, London, SW 1.

"Irish and Scotch Irish Ancestral Research" by Margaret Dickson Falley. 2
vols, Strasbourg, Virginia, 1962.

"A History of Ireland", Edmund Curtis, 1936.

Irish Census Records and Substitutes for Missing Censuses
Roberta Gaynor

I. Background

Religious census returns for certain places were taken in the 18th Century (c.
1740-66). These were some of the first census returns in Ireland and some
still survive today. However, the first complete census returns were taken in
1813. This enumeration was followed by others in 1821, 1831, and every ten
years thereafter until 1911. Most of these census returns have been destroyed.
The 1901 census is the first complete census in existence today. Although many
of the census records were destroyed, there are some substitutes that may be

II. Content ( available censuses only)

A. Religious censuses (1740-66) vary in their details, but may include the
heads of households, parish by parish, and indicate their religion; or may
give statistics only. Some returns are available for Dioceses such as
Ardagh, Armagh, Clogher, Cloyne, Connor, Cork, Derry, Dromore, Down,
Elphin, Ferns, Kildare, Kilmore, Ossory, Raphoe and Ross.

B. 1821 Census gives names of inhabitants, relation to head, ages,
occupations, and information about the house and property. Some returns
are available for parishes A-M, County Gavan; A-D, County Offaly; A-R,
Fermanagh; A-L, Galway; A-T, Meath.

C. 1831 Census gives names of inhabitants, relation to head, ages,
occupations, and information about the house and property. Some returns
are available for the following parishes in Londonderry County: Agevey,
Aghanloo, Arboe, Artrea, Benagher, Glendermot, Killowen, Macosquin,
Tamlaght-Finlagen, Templemore, and Termoneeny.

D. 1841 Census gives names of inhabitants, ages, sex, relation to head,
marital condition, year of marriage, occupation and birthplace (country,
county, or city). The only return available is for Killeshandra Parish,
County Cavan.

E. 1851 Census gives the same information as the 1841 plus a list of those
people belonging to the family that are not present (including their names,
ages, sex, relation to head, present occupation, and country, county, or
city of current residence) and a list of those family members who died
while residing with the family during the last 10 years (including names,
age, sex, relation to head, occupation, season and year of death). Returns
are available for Drumkeeran, County Fermanagh and the following parishes
in County Antrim: Aghagallon, Aghalee, Ballinderry, Ballymoney, Carncartle,
Craigs (Ahoghill), Dunaghy, Grange of Killyglen, Killead, Kilwaughter,
Larne, Rasharkin, and Tickmacreevin.

F. 1901 Census gives name of inhabitants, relation to head, religion, age,
sex, occupation, marital condition, birthplace (country, county, or city),
information on house and property including the name of the lease holder.
This census is available in its entirety.

G. 1911 census gives same information as the 1901 plus the number of years
married, total number of children born alive, and number of children still
living. This census is also entirely available.

III. Availability

A. Most of the existing census records are on film at the Genealogical Society
up to 1901. For the 1911 census, only parts of County Antrim are at the
Genealogical Society.

B. In Ireland, these records are found at the Public Record Offices in Belfast
and Dublin and the Genealogical Office in Dublin.

IV. Substitutes

A. "Old Age Pensioner's Claims" (1841-51). In 1908 the Old Age Pension Act
was passed and with this act came the need for proof of age. In many
instances, census returns of 1841 and 1851 were used. In some cases,
actual extracts are available for these censuses. In most cases, Old Age
Pension Search Forms are all that survive. These search forms ask for the
claimant's name, father, mother, exact address when census was taken, age
in census, age at claim, and census year for which the search is requested.
These records exist primarily for Northern Ireland and most are on film at
the Genealogical Society.

B. "Tithe Applotment Books" (1823-38). This record provides a detailed
account, parish by parish, of the land occupiers in each townland and
includes the extent and value of their individual farms. Those in urban
areas are not included. The Tithe Applotment Books for all of Ireland are
on microfilm at the Genealogical Society. Indexes for these records are
available at the Public Record Offices in Belfast and the National Library
in Dublin.

C. Griffith's Valuation (1848-64). This government survey of all privately
held lands and buildings was taken to determine the amount of tax that each
person should pay toward support of the poor and destitute in each Poor Law
Union. All occupiers or tenants, and the immediate lessors of all lands,
buildings, etc. for private or business use were liable for the tax. In
some areas, these valuations start in 1839; but the majority exist from

1848-64. Such information as the name of tenants, lessor, townland,
parish, and tax will be found on these records. They exist for all of
Ireland and for the most part are available at the Genealogical Society. An
index by surname by parish and county is available at the National Library
of Ireland in Dublin.

D. School Records (c. 1850-1920). These are primarily records of public
schools and include names of pupils, ages, religion, days absent or
present, occupation of parents, residence of family, and the name of the
school. Sometime the name of the county and school last attended may be
given or the cause of withdrawal and destination of the pupil. Most of
these records are indexed and are at the Public Record Office in Dublin and
Belfast or the Genealogical Office in Dublin. The Genealogical Society has
microfilmed many of those available from Northern Ireland.

Irish Church Records
Roberta Gaynor

I. Background

1541 Henry VIII becomes King of Ireland
1560 Episcopalian Church becomes state Church of Ireland under Elizabeth I
1605-9 Ulster plantation. Many Scotch Irish Presbyterians into Ulster.
1619 Earliest known Church of Ireland Parish Registers (St. John, Dublin).
1634 Law passed requiring Episcopalian registers to be kept.
mid1600 Quakers, Congregationalists, Baptists start movements.
1674 Oldest known Presbyterian Registers (Antrim, Co. Antrim)
1695 Penal Laws against Catholics
1703 More penal laws. Catholics forbidden to keep registers.
1750s Some urban Catholic registers start. Many Episcopalian registers
begin. Methodist movement gets under way.
1800-1 Ireland became part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
1819 Presbyterian records required to be kept.
1829 Emancipation of Catholics. Many Catholic records begin.
1871 Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland.
1876 Law passed requiring Anglican registers be turned into the Public
Record Office in Dublin.
1878 Law of 1876 amended allowing those with suitable storage facilities
to retain their records.
1922 Separate records repositories set up for Northern Ireland. Public
Records Office at Four Courts, Dublin is burned. Many Episcopalian
records destroyed.

II. Content

A. Christenings and/or births: name, christening and/or birth place and date,
parents' names, including mothers maiden names (Church of Ireland records
do not give maiden names), residence and occupation, witnesses or sponsors.

B. Marriages: name of both parties, date and place of marriage, residence of
both parties, witnesses.

C. Burials: names, burial place and date, residence and age, parents' names
(usually only for infants).

III. Availability

A. Church of Ireland (Episcopalian) About 50 percent of these records are
extant today as many were destroyed in 1922. Many Northern Ireland
parishes never sent theirs in. Records usually begin about 1750-1800. A
fairly complete listing of those registers now extant and their place of
deposit will be found in Falley's book.

1. Most records are in local custody. (See "Crockford's Clerical
Directory" for addresses.)

2. Some records or transcripts are available at the Public Record Offices,
Fourt Courts, Dublin, Eire; and Law Courts Building, May Street,
Belfast, Northern Ireland.

3. LDS Genealogical Society has some printed copies.

B. Roman Catholic. Records from about 1750, with most starting about 1830,
are all extant. Many of these records are in Latin.

1. Originals are in local custody. (See any good Catholic directory for

2. Microfilm copies of originals, except those from Dublin Diocese, are on
film at the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin, Eire.
Access to these records is only through the staff at the Genealogical
Office. Inquiries should be addressed to the Chief Herald, Genealogical
Office, Dublin Castle, Dublin, Eire.

3. LDS Genealogical Society is obtaining copies of those records at the
National Library.

C. Presbyterian. Records generally start about 1800 and all are extant. A
fairly complete listing will be found in Falley's book.

1. Originals are mostly in local custody with some of the very early ones
at the Presbyterian Historical Society, Church House, Fisherwick Place,
Belfast, Northern Ireland. Addresses of ministers may also be obtained
from the above named organization,.

2. Some microfilm copies are available at the Public Record Office in

3. LDS Genealogical Society has some printed copies.

D. Society of Friends. Records date from c.1670 and are quite good.

1. Records and indexes from Eire are housed at the Friends House Library, 6
Eustace Street, Dublin. (See "Guide to Irish Quaker Records" by Olive
C. Goodbody.)

2. Records and indexes for Northern Ireland are at the Friends' Meeting
House, Railway Street, Lisburn.

3. LDS Genealogical Society has many transcript copies of the original
records arranged in alphabetical order.

E. Methodist (Wesleyan). Records exist after 1878. Before that time,
Methodists were mostly recorded in the Church of Ireland or Presbyterian
registers. Methodist records after 1878 are in local custody.

F. Other Denominations (Baptists, Congregationalists). Many of these groups
came to Ireland about 1640 as soldiers with Cromwell. Records are
generally in local custody.

NOTE: An excellent guide to Irish Church records is Margaret Dickson Falley's
"Irish and Scotch-Irish Ancestral Research".

Irish Civil Registration
Roberta Gaynor

I. On 1 April 1845, the registering of Protestant (non-Catholic) marriages
began in Ireland, Nineteen years later, 1 January 1864,the registering of
all births, marriages, and deaths became mandatory. As in England, Ireland
was divided into Registration Districts, each of which was under the
supervision of a Superintendent registrar. These registrars took down the
information and sent a copy to the Registrar General. The family could also
purchase a copy of the certificate. In 1922, when six of the counties of
Ulster voted to remain with the United Kingdom, two registries were

II. Content of the records

A. Births

Name (if given); when and where born including sex; father's name,
surname, occupation and residence; mother's name including maiden
surname; informant's signature, qualification, and residence;
baptismal name and date if added after registration of birth.

B. Marriages

Names of both parties; marriage date and place; age of both parties
(sometimes "full" etc); marital status, occupation, and residence of
both parties; name and occupation of the father of the bride and
groom; denomination performing the marriage; signature of both parties
and witnesses.

C. Deaths

Name and surname; when and where died; sex, age, and marital
condition; occupation (varies with age and sex of deceased); cause of
death and duration of illness; informant's signature, qualification and

III. Availability

A. The certificate and indexes for Protestant marriages 1845-64; all
births, marriages, and deaths of Ireland 1864-1922; and births,
marriages, and deaths of the Republic of Ireland 1922-present are with
the Registrar General in Dublin. All inquiries should be addressed to:

The Registrar General
Custom House
Dublin C.10 Eire

B. The certificate and indexes for all births, marriages, and deaths for
Northern Ireland (includes the six counties of Antrim, Armagh, Down,
Fermanagh, Londonderry, and Tyrone) from 1922 to the present are with
the Registrar General in Belfast. All inquiries should be addressed

The Registrar General
Central Register Office
Fermanagh House
Ormeau Avenue
Belfast, BT2 8HK
Northern Ireland

C. The LDS Genealogical Society has microfilm copies of the following:

Area Record Indexes Certificates

All Ireland B 1864-1921 1864-Mar 1881,
B 1900-1913
M 1845-1921 1845-1870
D 1864-1921 1864-1870
Republic of Ireland B 1922-1958 1930-1955
M 1922-1958 none
D 1922-1958 none
Northern Ireland B 1922-1959 1922-1959
M 1922-1959 1922-1959
D 1922-1959 1922-1959

IV. Peculiarities

A. Indexes and certificates were kept on an annual basis until 1878.
Beginning with 1878, both indexes and certificates were kept on a
quarterly basis.

B. There are supplemental volumes of births, deaths, and marriages up to
1870. These are arranged at random by registration district.

C. Superintendent Registrars may or may not give out copies of
certificates. They are generally more willing in Northern Ireland.

D. Many births in Ireland may be listed as just "male" or "female" with
the surname. A person may be given one given name at birth and another
at the christening., Use caution in searching the indexes.

E. Surnames are problems because of accents dialects, and spelling
errors. Again use caution in the indexes. Watch for all variations.

Roberta Gaynor


A. Registry of Deeds

1. It was established for the protection of the purchases of land. It
began recording deeds 25 March 1708 and continues to the present. The
Registry is housed at: Registry of Deeds; Henrietta Street; Dublin

2. The records contain deeds of sale, mortgages, transfer leases,
conveyances, and sometimes wills.

3. There are two index series to these records. The Names Index to
Grantors (Seller) and the Lands Index. The LDS Genealogical Society has
both of these on microfilm.

4. The LDS Genealogical Society also has what is called "Transcript of
Memorials of Deeds" on microfilm. These are detailed abstracts of the
original documents.

B. Estate Records

1. Most of the land in Ireland was held by large land owners. The records
of their estates can be very helpful.

2. These records contain the following typed documents: Rent Rolls, leases,
rent ledgers, maps, wage books, land agents, notebooks, etc.

3. A few estate records are available at LDS Genealogical Society. Many at
Public Record Offices in Dublin and Belfast. Many are still in local
custody. "Analecta Hibernica" Volumes 15, 20, and 25 (941.5 B2ah)
contains a "Survey of Documents in Private Keeping".

C. Griffith's Valuation (1848-68). This was a survey made by the government to
determine the amount of tax that each rate should pay to support the upkeep
of the poor. Arranged by Poor Law Union it lists the following information:
name of lessor, each occupies or tenant, townland or city, parish, holdings
and tax. These are all available at LDS Genealogical Society. The National
Library of Ireland has prepared a surname index arranged by parish and


PROBATE RECORDS (from Paul F. Smart)

I. 1536 to 1858 -- Wills were probated in one of two ecclesiastical
jurisdictions: Perogative (covers all Ireland) or Diocesan (one for each of
the 28 dioceses). Many of these wills were destroyed, but some useful
material is still extant.

A. Perogative Court of Armagh
1. Original and printed indexes 1536-1858 (LDS-GS)
2. Scattered few original wills, 18th century (LDS-GS)
3. Betham's Abstracts of Wills, pre-1800 (LDS-GS)
4. Betham & Burke's Will Pedigrees, pre-1800 (LDS-GS)

B. Diocesan Courts (Consistory Courts)
1. Original and printed indexes, 1536-1858 (LDS-GS)
2. Some few original wills, late 18th century (LDS-GS)
3. Various types of copies of wills are being collected by the Public
Record Office in Dublin. They have a card index to these copies and
have a large collection of substitutes for the missing wills. If a
will is found in a diocesan index, an inquiry should be sent to the
Public Record Office, Front Courts, Dublin, Eire.

II. 1858 onwards -- these wills are probated by civil courts. There were
twelve of these courts. These courts turned in copies of their wills to the
Public Record Office; and, thus, most of them were destroyed up to about
1904. In many cases, however, the district registries kept copies and these
exist today.

There is a general index to wills and administrations proved in the
"Principal Probate Registry" and in the "Several District Registries,"
1858-1920 at the LDS Genealogical Society. Most of the original wills
before 1904 were destroyed, especially for the Principal Registry in
Dublin. Copies exist for the eleven District Registries, 1858 to about
1890 at the LDS Genealogical Society. In cases where it appears no wills
exist, inquiries should be made to the Public Record Office in Dublin as in
the case of the Diocesan Courts above.

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McGuffock to McGaffick to McGavock, McGavic and McGavick : the
Scotch-Irish-American genealogy of the families / written
88090779 0962062804

More Irish families / Edward MacLysaght.
83162254 0716501260

My Irish grandmother was French (Mary Elizabeth Pibelou) :
Pilot-Pillow-Peilow-Pielou of Portarlington, Ireland also the
89144402 0969153511

O'Brien of Thomond : the O'Briens in Irish history, 1500-1865 / Ivar O'Brien.
89214486 0850335825

Pennsylvania: genealogies chiefly Scotch-Irish and German.

Pioneer Irish in New England, by Michael J. O'Brien, LL.D.

Pocket guide to Irish genealogy / compiled by Brian S. Mitchell.
88159289 1558560009

Scarke, Clasheen, and America : the story of an Irish-Protestant family in
County Wexford, Ireland and America / Byron E

Schoolmasters and schoolmistresses in the Irish Province of Leinster, 1826-27 /
Dorothy Rines Dingfelder.

Schoolmasters and schoolmistresses in the Irish province of Ulster, 1826-27 /
Dorothy Rines Dingfelder.

Scotch-Irish family research made simple, by R. G. Campbell.

Scotch-Irish family research made simple / by R.G. Campbell.

Search for missing friends : Irish immigrant advertisements placed in the
Boston pilot / Ruth-Ann M. Harris and Donald M
89013420 0880820225

Septs / Irish Genealogical Society.

Seven lesson course in Irish research and sources, by Betty L. McCay.

Shiel family : history and genealogy : the story of an Irish-American emigrant
family who fled the potato famine / by Ro

Spanish knights of Irish origin; documents from continental archives.
78024388 0716505215

Who's who of your Irish ancestors : a compilation of the early families of Erin
and their titles / by Joyce C. Norman.

Your Irish ancestors, by J. Anderson Black.
73020957 084670028X

ancient Irish sept of O Cuaig (O Coig) and its member families of O'Quig,
Quig(g), McQuig(g) / compiled by Helen Louise

chronicle of Irish emigration to Saint John, New Brunswick, 1847 / J. Elizabeth
Cushing, Teresa Casey, Monica Robertson.
80496493 0919326366

complete book for tracing your Irish ancestors / by Michael C. O'Laughlin.
81080710 0940134012

descent of some of our Quaker ancestors : from Adam, the Hebrews, the
Egyptians, the Romans, the Irish, Scots, Saxon and

genealogy of Thomas Clarke Hagan family, 1793-1983 : Irish ancestors, Maryland
immigrant, Kentucky pioneers, and early A

guide to Irish parish registers / Brian Mitchell.
88080058 0806312157

guide to Irish roots : collected from oral tradition and ancient records during
visits to Ireland, other parts of Europe
84062760 0960186816

longest lineage : Irish genealogical utility and curiosity / John Edward

passing of the Gael : [our Irish ancestors, their history & exodus] / by John
W. McGee.

primer for Irish genealogical research / William R. Ward.

road to Haworth : the story of the Bronthes' Irish ancestry / John Cannon.
81169894 0297778110

This reply is in response to those people asking for pointers as to how to
research their Irish lineage.

I believe the text in the following notes originated in the DownEast BBS,
and were originally written by Roberta Gaynor and edited by Tom Morris. Colm
got hold of them for me (Thanks, Colm).

The data is essentially in 5 parts (although they are presented in multiple
messages, partly split by me and partly by the mail system): Overview,
Description of Irish Church Records, Irish Census info, Irish Civil Records,
Land and probate records.

I hope these may prove to be of use to all you folks digging in the family
closets looking for skeletons 🙂

One final note. Although I am doing a little fumbling research on my own
family, I am NOT an expert. Not even a reasonable resource. So please do not
assume I can help you with your research. [Unless you have data on McCrohan or

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  1. Very nice! Thank you for this wonderful archive. I wonder why I found it only now. Long live the BBS file archives!

  2. This is so awesome! 😀 I’d be cool if you could download an entire archive of this at once, though.

  3. But one thing that puzzles me is the “mtswslnkmcjklsdlsbdmMICROSOFT” string. There is an article about it here. It is definitely worth a read: