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Posted by IRISH ROOTS on 25 April 2019
A recent international survey of 1200 adoptees revealed that over 50% of them had been able to find a sibling or a parent through the use of DNA. In fact, 8% of them found their parent or sibling waiting for them as soon as they opened their results. [1] The survey was conducted between October 2016 and April 2017, and since that time the number of people in the DNA databases has increased from about 8 million to about 12 million. So the 2017 figures are already out of date. And by the time ... More
Posted by IRISH ROOTS on 09 April 2019
  Genealogical Term Description Further Details Archdiocese   Administrative church area comprising of dioceses.  In Ireland today there are 4 Roman Catholic archdioceses.     http://bit.ly/2IgrcJ2 Barony   A group of civil parishes.  Baronies originally related to tuatha, tribal division of old Ireland. ... More
Posted by IRISH ROOTS on 16 October 2018
Digitising Your Family Tree - Where to Start  Maeve Rogan is a hobbyist family historian who is a keen user of online resources, apps and social media for genealogy. In this article she shares some options for getting your tree off paper and into the digital world. Digitising Your Family Tree – Options for Everyone. I started my genealogy research with names on a very basic chart on an A4 sheet of paper. I carried it everywhere, folded up in four, just in case I picked up ... More
Posted by IRISH ROOTS on 29 March 2018
35  Ways To Trace Your Irish Ancestors by Nicola Morris 1. Griffith’s Valuation, also known as the Primary Valuation of Ireland was compiled between 1847 and 1864 and recorded the head of each household who was responsible for paying the rates on their property. This is Ireland’s most comprehensive 19th century census substitute.  2. Griffith’s Valuation can be found online at www.findmypast.ie and www.askaboutireland.ie. Search for the person who woul ... More
Posted by IRISH ROOTS on 01 August 2017
7 ESSENTIAL RULES WHEN RESEARCHING YOUR IRISH ANCESTORS The following are some tips and what to watch out for when researching your Irish ancestor; WHERE TO START ON YOUR RESEARCH. When you start the research on your family, begin with yourself and work your way back through the male line.  For example: if you are researching your grandmother’s family start with her father and work your way back researching the male line. THE GOLDEN RULE WHEN DOING YOUR FAMILY RESEARCH. ... More
Posted by IRISH ROOTS on 02 May 2017
7 MORE UNUSUAL WAYS TO TRACE YOUR IRISH ANCESTORS The following are some Genealogy repositories and online sources you may not have thought of when searching for your Irish ancestor; Do You Know The Parish Where Your Ancestor Lived? If you know the parish where your ancestor lived, it is always worthwhile contacting the parish priest or parish secretary for that parish.  The parish priest may know a wealth of information about your ancestor; Names of the local cemeteries old ... More
Posted by IRISH ROOTS on 01 February 2017
7 UNUSUAL WAYS TO TRACE YOUR IRISH ANCESTORS. When people plan to trace their ancestors in Ireland, they normally think of searching the Church records (baptisms, marriages), Civil records (birth, marriages and deaths) and property/land records, to identify their ancestors.  The following are some Genealogy repositories and online sources you may not have thought of when searching for your Irish ancestor; Did your ancestor have a dog? Dog licences were introduced into Irish Law in ... More
Posted by IRISH ROOTS on 01 November 2016
7 Essential Resource Websites For Irish Family History Research. There are a number of great family history research websites available where you can now research your Irish ancestors online from the comfort of your own home.  More and more are becoming available on line, it can be difficult to keep track at times, but we can’t complain as it is becoming more accessible for people to trace their ancestors in Ireland from any part of the world.    Many of the es ... More
Posted by IRISH ROOTS on 15 June 2015
Irish Church Records Parish registers are the most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the commencement of the civil registration of births, deaths and marriages in 1864.  Prior to this parish registers may contain the only surviving record of a particular individual or family and can supply evidence of direct links between one generation and the next (via baptismal registers) and one family and another (via marriage registers). Following the reformation C ... More

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