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    Tracing ancestors

    Starting with my nieces history project and my american cousins chipping in ive been asked to look into our families irish history. Can anyone tell me a good place to start?

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    Look up census online. They have them going back to the late 1800s. Easy to search by surnames and town etc.

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    Yeah that census online is awesome.

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    Senior Member CJ Haughey's Avatar
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    This has to be one of the best threads so far as just seen my eldest girls name goes back to 1881 in our family
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    I will have to find what town they came from etc first cheers

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    1901 and 1911 census online -
    www.census.nationalarchives.ie

    If you visit the National Archives, they have a genealogy service, free to the public.

    A lot of records were lost in a fire at the Four Courts in 1922 (civil war), so sometimes parish records are the way to go.
    http://registers.nli.ie/

    I did a lot of work with Defence and a group of historians on the Military Pensions archive - anyone who looked for a pension for being involved in the Rising made a statement and they're all online and searchable. You can find any mentions of your family in them...
    http://www.militaryarchives.ie/colle...ons-collection
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    I went through my family tree late last year and signed up to ancestry.com. found it very useful. Shame irish records are poor. English side of family went back to 17th century.
    Last edited by ozy; 16-10-2018 at 01:02 PM.
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    Get to lie down on a hard surface and draw around them. Chalk is good outdoors but avoid paint in doors the mrs hates the clean up

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    Those links are class.

    A friend of my parent's is a German count and can trace his family back to 700. They have their own flag and everything, it's unbelievable

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    1901 and 1911 census online -
    www.census.nationalarchives.ie

    If you visit the National Archives, they have a genealogy service, free to the public.

    A lot of records were lost in a fire at the Four Courts in 1922 (civil war), so sometimes parish records are the way to go.
    http://registers.nli.ie/

    I did a lot of work with Defence and a group of historians on the Military Pensions archive - anyone who looked for a pension for being involved in the Rising made a statement and they're all online and searchable. You can find any mentions of your family in them...
    http://www.militaryarchives.ie/colle...ons-collection
    Wow, great job on military archives SJ, took two minutes to find out about a great uncle I didn't know about! Absolutely great work!

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