Why ARE Irish records so hard to find?

Why ARE Irish records so hard to find?

     In 1922, during the Irish Civil War, there was a huge fire in the court system there.  Many thought that the records were all lost, but similarly to our Civil War, records were kept locally then sent to the County Courts in the form of copies.  In our records, the way you can tell a copy from an original is that the copy is neatly handwritten and in alphabetical order instead of random by street.

     Following that logic, the local copies of records were most often records kept in Catholic Parishes.   

Recently, technology has transformed hope of what was once thought of as lost to possibility.

.  People are taking portable scanning machines directly to Parishes country wide and preserving these precious artifacts for their posterity.  By scanning and then indexing (somewhat like tagging a picture in facebook), remarkable finds are happening.  

     You can read more about that here at findmypast.com  Another Partner Access we have free access to is called    AMERICAN ANCESTORS       

     This now holds the worlds largest Catholic database of Boston Archdiocese parish records from 1789-1900.  Usually, to belong to this organization created by the New England Historical Genealogical Society it costs upwards of 90.00/year.

Historic Catholic Reords Online

Here is an excerpt from Findmypast.com
Read on!  This is fascinating how they make it so much easier for us than our ancestors had to endure in the past when researching their ancestors.

Irish Family History: Ashes to Archives

On June 30 1922, during the Irish Civil War, the Public Records Office of Ireland, located at the historic Four Courts in Dublin, was severely damaged by fire resulting in the loss of a huge number of records.
But all is not lost! Irish family history is not only one of the most perplexing to research it also one of the most rewarding. There are so many fascinating stories to be told from the records that survive and that’s why millions continue to search for their Irish ancestors.
Click on each of the links opposite to read up on how Irish genealogy differs from other countries, the best ways of getting started on your Irish family tree and the millions of records at your fingertips for piecing together your ancestor’s story.
Get started on your Irish family history today by searching our Birth, Marriage and Death records.

                             New Records Added by the Galway East Family History Society

ROOTS IRELAND.IE is the place to go!  This is not a partneraccess for LDS members but at this time you can become a member for 12.00 one day deal or 255.00 per year.  

Are you looking for Irish Records?  Usually, Findmypast.com is the way to go, but here is another great source.
Where findmypast.com is a free partner access, To get partner access sites for free, go to:  www.familysearch.org/partneraccess  

Here is an excerpt from ROOTSIRELAND.IE

have added transcripts of over 32,000 records to the database of the Galway East Family History Society on our website. These include:

Non Catholic Marriages 1845-1955 - Parishes of Ardrahan, Athenry, Eyrecourt, Gort, Kilcolgan, Killinane, Kilconickney, Kinvara, Loughrea, Portumna, Tynagh, Woodford

Census Records -1889 Woodford Parish Census

Graveyard Inscriptions - Ahascragh, Aughrim, Beagh, Clontuskert, Craughwell, Kilbeacanty, Kilclooney, Killascobe, Killimordaly, Kilmacduagh, Mountbellew, Moylough, Mullagh and Woodford.
The following Census Substitutes have been added:

Christmas Donations - Beagh and Gort parishes, 1856

Registry of Freeholds 1829, County of Galway.

Slater's and Pigot's Directories, County of Galway, 1824, 1846, 1856, 1870, 1881 and 1894.

Tithe Applotment Books 1823-1850 - Parishes of Abbeygormican, Ahascragh, Augheart, Aughrim, Ballinakill, Ballymacward, Beagh, Boyounagh, Bullaun, Clonbern, Clonfert, Clonrush, Clontuskert, Donamon, Donanaghta, Duniry, Fahy, Fohanagh, Grange, Inishcaltra, Isertkelly, Kilbeacanty, Kilbegnet, Kilchreest, Kilcloony, Kilconnell, Kilconickny, Kilcroan, Kileeneen, Kilgerrill,Kilkerrin, Killaan, Killallaghtan, Killeenadeema, Killeroran, Killian, Killimorbologue, Killimordaly, Killinan, , Killogilleen, Killoscobe, Killosolan, Killora, Kilmacduagh, Kilmalinogue, Kilquain, Kilreekill, Kiltartan, Kilteskil, Kilthomas, Kiltormer, Kiltullagh, Leitrim, Lickerrig, Lickmolassy, Loughrea, Meelick, Moylough, Templetogher.

For a full list of the genealogical sources now online for Galway East GALWAYEAST.ROOTSIRELAND.IE


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