Genealogy

This website is all about helping you connect with your Irish ancestors.

Would you like to find where your Irish Ancestors lived and worked? Would you like to visit ancestral places on a holiday in Ireland? Are you planning or thinking about a trip to Ireland ?


We can find out precisely where you ancestors came from, and bring you there in our luxury limousine with an expert Irish genealogist and family historian as your guide.

Irish Records

Civil Records of births marriages and deaths start for everyone in 1864 after the major wave of migration to the new world. From 1845 only some protestant marriages are recorded in addition.

 

The only census available begin in 1901, prior to 1901 they were mostly destroyed.


Property and land valuations are used instead of Census to locate 19 th century households. Occupation and street directories are also of assistance in that regard. Generally its possible to work both church, civil and taxation records together to identify where a family was living prior to emigration.

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Catholic Church (the majority of the population) records of Baptism and Marriage are largelyintact and freely available starting from the 1770’s.

Genealogy is the study of lines of family descent. We provide in depth research that can identify the location of archival material relevant to your family in Ireland. A typical 19th Century Irish Family History Report in one parental line costs €750 to complete. For that you will receive a drop down family tree, copy records where available, a history of the family name as well as a history of the locality with locations where your ancestors lived, were married, baptised and are buried. Fill out the free consultation booking form to get started.

Catholic Church (the majority of the population) records of Baptism and Marriage are largelyintact and freely available starting from the 1770’s.

Church of Ireland (Anglican / Episcopalian) records are not online and about only two thirds of parish records survive. These are housed in Dublin where we are located. As the C of I were the state church for centuries these can hold information for all denominations in addition to their members.

Presbyterian and other nonconformist protestant records are held by the churches themselves as all other religious groups. We can access them for you.

 

Property ownership records are intact, in Dublin and date from 1707. We can access these for you.

 

Wills are partially intact but otherwise the index entry survives generally.

 

Grants of Arms and Heraldic Records and Pedigrees survive to be researched in manuscript form in the National Library. We can access these for you.  The Great Book of Genealogies records the pedigrees of the great Gaelic families as well as the origin of many surnames for the last two thousand years.

 

The annals and court papers record the defeat of the Gaelic and Old English lords and the transfer of their lands to English and Scottish landowners. We usually include these entries and local histories for the families in our reports where they are relevant.

Catholic Church (the majority of the population) records of Baptism and Marriage are largelyintact and freely available starting from the 1770’s.

Languages and Surnames

The majority spoke Gaelic Irish well into the 19 th century but their surnames were Generally recorded phonetically or in translation in English by those reating the records. This is the origin of a great deal of variant spellings and forms to be negotiated. In addition personal names are frequently either ecorded in their Latin form by clergy or in an English equivalent. Scots anguage names are also recorded in English in records with variants in spellings as a result.

Place Names and Parishes

Civil Parishes are used for taxation purposes and land record purposes.


Church parishes do not necessarily share the same boundaries or names as civil parishes.


More local place names such as townlands are recorded phonetically in English but were actually in Gaelic or in a minority of cases in Scots with the result that many variant spellings can occur.

Catholic Church (the majority of the population) records of Baptism and Marriage are largelyintact and freely available starting from the 1770’s.