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Genealogy:Tracing your Family History: The Next Step

Tracing your Family History: The Next Step

How to delve deeper into your past; Recently, millions of historic records of Irish Births, marriages and deaths have been released online. This up to date genealogy course to take a closer look at all of these new and exciting changes in Irish Genealogy

Tutor:  Mairead Greene 

Overview of course.

This course will follow on from the introduction course and is a chance to delve deeper into your ancestors’ lives. Have you a particular interest on an ancestor, who perhaps, fought in World War One, the 1916 Rising or the War of Independence. Was your ancestor a member of the RIC, a teacher, a tradesman or maybe, emigrated and was never heard of again.

Over the six weeks course, advise will be given on where to find occupational, military and educational records through both online resources and national repositories. We will also check out immigration and census records from the US, Australia and Britain. By the end of the course, your family tree will not just have grown but will be in a much better shape.

Week 1:              Introduction and quick revision of Online Resources and how to develop and       structure your family tree

Week 2:              Websites for repositories and what’s available to view at such repositories as the National Archives, National Library, land valuation office and the Registry of Deeds.

Week 3:              Military Records for the first and second World Wars, the 1916 Rising and War of Independence and records for the RIC.

Week 4:              Trade and Professional Directories, Irish Newspaper Archives, the House of Commons Papers.

Week 5:              The Irish Abroad: Census returns, passenger lists and other online records from the US, Great Britain and other Irish emigration destinations.

Week 6:              Conclusion:  Power Point Presentation of your ancestors’ Life/lives

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Genealogy:Tracing your Family History: The Next Step

This class will provide an introduction and guide into finding out about your ancestors and creating your family tree.  Using the internet you will learn how to find your ancestors on teh census and trace your family history back, through Birth, Marriage and Death records and property records. Practical advice and guidance will be given and by the end of the 6 week course, your family tree will have grown and produced many branches.

Basic computer skills are needed to participate in this course.

Week 1:              

Advice on Preparing your family Pedigree Group Sheets.   Locating your ancestors’ plots in graveyards, through the use of your local library or online.

Week 2: Websites and Online research

  • Finding your families records on the 1901 and 1911 census records.
  • Checking fragments of Pre-1901 census records for your family
  • Genealogy Websites: “the free to view” and the “pay to view”

Week 3: Civil records

  • Civil Records of births, marriages and deaths since 1864.  Online indexes and
  • Guide to the General Register Office in Dublin.

Week 4: Church Records

  • Church records: Parish registers of Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and other denominations.

Week 5: Land and Property records

  • Property Valuation Records:  Griffith’s valuation online, Tithe Applotment books,
  • Valuation Office Records and Ordinance Survey Maps Online

Week 6: Conclusion

Class Presentations of their family tree showing Birth, Marriage and Death dates for their ancestors and a short history of their family.