Lisa Dougherty began by explaining how difficult it can be to search for Irish records considering the lack of records available. Then she explained the search can be easier if you can uncover the county & townland where your ancestor lived. She explained sources for discovering that information:
· Newspapers with obituaries and/or probate records
· Naturalization & Immigration Records & Passenger Lists
· Vital Records, church & civil
· Family Documents, Stories, Photographs
· Gravestone & Cemetery Records
· Military Records
· Regional Surname Maps
· Girffith’s Valuation
Our teacher gave each of us a handout with websites associated with each of the above categories. She gave us four websites for general Irish genealogy research:
All of this was covered in the first hour. It was a lot to absorb for beginners but the handout should be of great help once they returned home.
The second half of our class focused on RootsIreland.ie.
· An overview of the site
· The history of the Irish Family History Foundation
· Records that are Available
· Registering & Purchasing credits
· Tricks & Shortcuts
· Research Tips
Lisa stressed, “The success of any search is dependent on the quality of the information you bring to it.”
For me, I learned a half dozen new websites. I was unaware of the Boston Pilot newspaper database where people searched for their missing Irish family members. I did not know that if you search for Griffith’s Valuation at askaboutireland.ie it will link to a map to show you exactly where they lived. I want to try this!
My Tuesday Tip is this, you can always learn more. Find opportunities to expand your genealogy talents and you will discover more about your family.