Moving Here

This guide was last updated in 2009

Moving Here

This site hosts as good a general introduction to Irish research as you will find. You’ll arrive knowing little, and within minutes be aware of some of the major issues and pitfalls. There’s a satisfying round of myth-busting – ‘All the records were destroyed in 1922’, to which they point out the vast amount of material that survived the Irish Civil War that started that year: non-Church of Ireland parish records, civil BMD records, property records and later censuses.

Then ‘Irish research is impossibly difficult’ – the reply? ‘There is actually a compact set of relevant records, almost all held centrally in Dublin or Belfast. If you start with enough information – in particular, a place of origin – research is very straightforward.’ So there.

1911 census
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