Anyone else tracing Irish ancestors?

(13 Posts)
somewherewest Sat 27-Apr-13 15:45:11

I've just started on this and was wondering if anyone else wanted to compare notes. So far I've just trawled through free online resources (1901/1911 censuses, Griffith's Valuation, Tithe applotments) and talked to my grandparents, although I do have an exciting day's gravestone viewing booked in next time I'm home in Ireland (I sure know how to have fun grin). I've just forked out for an subscription but am vaguely terrified by the amount of records on offer.

I've also got a PhD in early 20th Irish history, so might be able to answer any questions about the wider Irish context.

happychappy Mon 02-Dec-13 01:55:52

My family are Irish, it's been an interesting trip so far.

AnythingNotEverything Mon 02-Dec-13 02:57:17

I have family ancestry in Galway and Laois but was under the impression there were very few records, particularly in Galway. Is that true?

happychappy Mon 02-Dec-13 12:50:38

There are just generally less records available and harder and more costly to access

Moln Wed 05-Feb-14 19:14:28

I'm a bit late replying to this but I came in to here to start my own post and saw this!!

A lot of the records were destroyed sadly. Anything prior to 1901 which is a great pity.

One thing to bear in mind is the ages are frequently wrong on the census (especially the 1911 one for the older generation!)

Also there are a good few grave yards that have been recorded online!!! I can find my great grandparents headstone on the internet - and there's a picture!!! I can also find my great great grandfather's and grand uncles from the other branch of a treat and a totally different county

AnAdventureInCakeAndWine Wed 05-Feb-14 19:17:31

I'm completely failing to trace Irish ancestors, if that's any help? grin

Moln Wed 05-Feb-14 19:24:36

It's difficult to start!!! You really do need to know names of siblings and there whereabouts to start off!!!!

If you have a frequently occurring surname it's practically impossible!!!

JennySense Wed 19-Feb-14 22:58:03

I've found this tough. My ancestor family migrated to Lancashire between 1841-1870 to work on the reservoir creation.

They have quite an unusual name but it took until the 1911 census to find out my GG grandmother was born in Newry. Her brother was born in Belfast.

And now I'm stuck!

TheFnozwhowasmirage Thu 12-Feb-15 14:06:20

I'm struggling a bit. My maternal great grandad and his family came from Black Head Co Clare,but we behave no idea whereabouts. My mum remembers him talking about living near the Burren,which makes sense.Their name was Moore and they dealt in horses,mainly bringing horses over from Ireland for the British Army. GT grandad was still bringing horses over in the 1950's as my mum used to break them in,so I'm assuming some of the family were still in Ireland at that time.GT grandad and some of his brothers settled in Leicester around the 1900's,and they were protestant as far as I know.
I'm going over to Clare in July,and am hoping to see the area he came from.

Chilliplantbox Fri 20-Feb-15 23:15:53

I'm struggling to make headway with my Lally and Coyle ancestors from Galway. They seem to have moved sometime after 1911 to Lancashire but the records are scanty...and there's so many New York passenger list mentions which are really confusing and hard to verify.

whatsagoodusername Tue 03-Mar-15 13:16:00

Does anyone know if you can manage to get a birth certificate off the Irish GRO if you don't have parents' names?

I'm trying to trace DH's grandfather. I've found him on, but it's an index record so no parent names. MIL doesn't remember any siblings, so that's out, and she doesn't know his parents' names, just that they were from Londonderry.

I live in London, so can't get to the GRO myself anytime soon so can't do the search myself and I'm not seeing an obvious hire-a-person or helpful search offers.

BrogalaBridie Thu 05-Mar-15 17:51:44

If you need a copy of a certificate from the GRO in Dublin just for research purposes you can order a photo copy of the entry in the registration book.

You can try here - not sure if it will come out as a clicky link. I think it costs 4 euro for a copy rather than 20 euro for a certificate. You should be able to use the references on the familysearch website to order it. I think you need to either post or fax the request with payment but you should be able to have the photocopy emailed to you.

I haven't used the site for a copy certificate yet - currently using findmypast, rootsireland and familysearch, which for Irish research are fairly good.

cdtaylornats Fri 13-Mar-15 16:05:05

The Irish Genealogical Research Society has added a database of articles from there magazine published since 1937. Their free names index now directly links to the articles where the names are mentioned.

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