Searching for your ancestors can be very enjoyable and addictive but it can also be a daunting, difficult task and very time consuming. We at Elaine Hannon Genealogy will do the work for you and help you trace your Irish ancestors using some of the following sources to help us identify your ancestor, find out where they lived, what they worked at, if they owned land, did they marry etc...
Civil Records are birth, marriage and death records. On the 1st April 1845 was the beginning of registration of non-Catholic Irish marriages. On the 1st January 1864 was the beginning of registration of Irish births, marriages and deaths for the whole population.
Most Roman Catholic Parish registers include baptism and marriage records, very few have burial records. Original registers are held in each parish. The majority of registers commenced during the first half of the 19th Century. Urban areas can commence earlier from late 18th century and the poorer areas of the West and North have later starting dates. We also research other religious denominations.
First Irish Census was recorded in 1821. In 1922 almost all the 19th century returns were destroyed either by official order or fire in the Public Record Office of Ireland. Some fragments remain.
1901 and 1911 Census returns are available for the whole of Ireland.
Land Records/Property Records:
Was the Valuation of all the property and land in the country for taxes purposes between 1847 and 1864. The Valuation office produced the results. It lists every landholder and householder in Ireland.
Revision Valuation Books:
Revision Books enable one to track all changes of occupancy.
Tithe Applotment Books:
Record a tax paid towards the upkeep of the Church of Ireland. They are the result of the Composition Act of 1823. They Tithes were abolished in 1838. The Tithe applotment book gives the name of the townland, landholders name, area of land and tithes payable.
Trade Directories and Occupations Records:
Trade Directories cover only a specific class of people - traders, merchants, professionals, gentry. They do not cover tenant farmers, labourers, servants etc. The Directories give an accurate indication of occupations and addresses.
List members of the Army, Clergy, Barristers and Attorneys, Medical Doctors, Police, Post Office records, Railway Records, Teachers etc.
The vast majority of records relate to North America and Australia.
Wills and Testamentary records:
Before 1858 authority to prove Wills was vested in the Church Authorities - Church of Ireland. Each diocese had a court with a Testamentary jurisdiction which would deal with the estates of those who died. Above these Courts was the Prerogative Court of Armagh which had jurisdiction over more substantial estates or property in more than one diocese. Original records from the diocesan courts were largely destroyed when the Public Office of Ireland went on fire in 1922. Manuscripts indexes to the wills and administrations survived.
From 1858 Probate jurisdiction was transferred from the Church authorities to civil authorities (12 District Registries) divided across the country. The new Principal Registry in Dublin’s Four Courts took over from the Prerogative Court of Armagh.
Again much of the original records were destroyed in 1922. The annual calendars (published in 1858, they note brief details about each Will proved and administered) survived, almost all Will Books (contain official transcript of wills) survived from 1858 other than Dublin and the Principal Registry.
Registry of Deeds:
Was established in 1708 to regulate property transactions. They relate mainly to the professional and mercantile classes, large holding farmer as well as the aristocracy and gentry.