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Progressing Your Irish Research Online (260)


Tutor: Chris Paton


There is a common belief that if you have Irish ancestors then you should give up hope of finding out about them, because 'nothing survived the fire', referring to the destruction of Ireland's Public Record Office during the Civil War in 1922. The overall aim of this course is to point out that this is a nonsense, and that the glass is half full and not empty. Whilst there are certainly challenges to be overcome, a great deal can still be accomplished with the many resources now rapidly finding their way online.

This course will describe the many state created records and church records that can be used to research your Irish ancestry. It will provide a context to understand why they were created, and by whom and point out exactly where to find them online, and how to use them effectively.

Lesson Headings:
  • * Understanding Ireland's boundaries, key repositories and platforms
  • * The vital records of Church and State
  • * Documenting the people: Irish censuses and substitutes
  • * Valuation records and inheritance
  • * The Decade of Centenaries

Each lesson includes exercises and activities and a minimum of 1 one-hour chat per week. See How the Courses Work.

A short video introduction to the course by tutor Chris Paton is available HERE

STUDENTS SAID: "Fantastic tutor. First class lesson materials. Top-notch quality learning programme"

"It was beneficial from the standpoints of both improving general knowledge of Irish history, and illuminating the numerous and often unique potential sources of genealogical/family history information against that background."

Relevant Countries: Ireland

Course Length: 5 weeks
Start Date: 03 Apr 2023
Cost: £58.00


Start Date: 21 Aug 2023
Cost: £58.00

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