Irish Records

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Some excellent advice by professional genealogist John Grenham, whose Irish Roots column is a must-read.

Free Irish Records for 4 Days

Via John Reid’s Anglo-Celtic Connections, Findmypast is offering free access to its Irish birth, marriage, and death records for four days, from 27-30 June. This gesture of generosity from the UK-based Findmypast as an apparent commemoration of the destruction by…

Down Survey of Ireland 1656-58

Via Deborah Large Fox, I’ve just discovered The Down Survey of Ireland 1656-58, a searchable, online mapping database with digitized images of all surviving Down survey maps from 1656 to 1658. From the project’s website (at Trinity College Dublin): Taken in…

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Cavan Genealogy is hosting a conference called “Crossing Borders, [.PDF brochure],” which will explore “some features of the borderland counties of Cavan, Monaghan, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Meath.”

Date: 12-15 September 2013.

Place: Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell, County Cavan, Ireland.

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Now online at PRONI (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland), a searchable placename index to the Valuation Revision Books, covering the counties of Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone between the years 1864 to 1933.

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The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) is hosting its 19th Annual Family History Conference in Ottawa, September 20-22, 2013. The focus will be on Ireland.

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So the reason I’m blue in the face is not apnoea or an impending heart attack, it’s from telling people over and over and over that it makes no difference whether your Quin family have been insanely fussy about spelling their surname with one N for the past three centuries. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, the person writing the name down was not a Quin, and couldn’t give a hoot.

– John Grenham, The Os and the Macs

Tithe Applotment Books online

When I get a chance (which won’t be until after Christmas), I’m going to post an entry about searching the Tithe Applotment Books for various ancestors. I think I have found my Lahey ancestors, for example, who emigrated to Upper…