March 2017 Handout–Irish Research by Rosemarie Courtney

At the March 23, 2017 IPPL Genealogy Group Meeting, a presentation about Irish Research was given by Rosemarie Courtney, Board Member.  She has done extensive personal research on this subject where she has even created maps about her ancestors.

Irish Genealogy Research

A.  Before Crossing the Pond

a.  Vital Records

b. Cemeteries

c.  Naturalization Records

d.  Passenger Lists

B.  Across the Pond in Ireland

a.  Record types available

b.  Land terminology

c.  Civil Registration

d.  Other sources

e.  Census Records

f.  Grifith’s Valuation

g.  Probate/Wills

h.  Military Records

i.  Newspapers

C.  Resources




A No-Frills Guide To The British Isles

A Guide to Irish Parish Registers

The Master Book of Irish Place Names by Michael O’Laughlin

Index to the Townlands and Towns, Parishes & Baronies of Ireland

Family Ties In England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland by J. P. Reid

Discovering Your Irish Ancestors by Dwight Radford

Irish Records by James Ryan

Irish Libraries by Robert O’Neill

Richard Griffith and His Valuations of Ireland

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors by John Greniam 3rd edition copyright 2006

The Famine Immigrants: Lists of Irish Immigrants Arriving at the Port of New York       1946-1851 by Ira Glaziar and Michael Tepper

Irish Genealogy Research by Brian Mitchell

Finding Your Irish Ancestors by David Ouimette


INTERNET (Northern Ireland)  Vital records of Roman Catholic City of Dublin, Diocese of Kerry & Diocese of Cork & Ross; Church of Ireland City of Dublin, Kerry & Carlow and Presbyterian Lucan Parish in Dublin (Leitrim-“Roscommon Genealogy) (National Library of Ireland) (ProGenealogists) ( (Immigrants arriving at the port of New York from1846-     1851) (Ulster Historical Foundation, Irish & Scots-Irish Family      History) (The Boston Pilot 1831-1921 “Missing Friends”         columns of families in Ireland trying to locate someone who came to the US) (the Church of Ireland) (has coordinating body for a network of county-based genealogical research centers) (church registers for Dublin city, south & west Cork and counties of Carlow & Kerry) (information about surnames, place names and record sources) (arrivals prior to 1896) (arrivals 1892-1924) (online resources for Irish counties) (online library of burial records) (county collection of online Irish family history) (city of Limerick records) (Catholic records for the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly – most of County Tipperary and part of County Limerick) Public Record Office of  Northern Ireland



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