Today’s episode of Research Like a Pro is about researching in Irish records. Jessica Morgan, AG, joins us again and shares her extensive experience researching Irish ancestors. We discuss the importance of historical context, the record scarcity in Ireland, and what is possible to find in the records that do remain. She also teaches us about Irish jurisdictions and the power of local history. Join us as we go over Irish record types and what can be found in them.
Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Part 4: Records in Ireland https://familylocket.com/tracing-your-irish-ancestors-part-4-records-in-ireland/
Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Part 5: Irish Jurisdictions and Finding Your Ancestral Home https://familylocket.com/tracing-your-irish-ancestors-part-5/
Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Part 6: The Power of Local History https://familylocket.com/tracing-your-irish-ancestors-part-6/
Irish Civil Records https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/civil-search.jsp
Irish Catholic Parishes at John Grenham’s site https://www.johngrenham.com/places/rcmap_index.php
Molly Shannon: Secrets in Irish Marriage Records https://www.ancestry.com/corporate/blog/molly-shannon-secrets-in-irish-marriage-records
Study Group – more information and email list
Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on Amazon.com
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Thanks so much for this emphasis on Irish research. It’s been very informative and inspiring. I have struggled with my Irish research for years, learning as I go, and the rewards are so satisfying when you finally get a break-through! I ran into the names/nicknames situation a few years ago, and eventually figured it out after Googling some articles about Irish names. I do have a Bridget/Delia/Bedelia in my tree…and also an Honor/Honora/Annie!
For local context, the website IrelandXO.com is a collaborative project between local Irish people and the Irish diaspora. You can post what you know about your family in a certain parish, and can enlist help in trying to contact family connections there.
Thanks for your thoughts, Barbara. That’s fun to hear about the Irish names you discovered in your family tree.