Minister Humphreys launches online genealogy toolkit for schools to help students discover their family history

Minister Humphreys launches online genealogy toolkit for schools to help students discover their family historyThe Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, is today (Wednesday) launching a new online genealogy toolkit for schools, aimed at encouraging students to trace their roots and explore their family tree.

The 2016 Family History website has been created by the National Archives as a legacy project under the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. Minister Humphreys met with students in Muckross College in Donnybrook, who have been trialling the website, to launch this new online resource.

The website provides tips on how to find your ancestors, and brings together a range of online resources. Through informative videos and step-by-step guides, case studies and targeted tasks, students can learn how to explore the vast array of Irish historical records available online, including the census, civil records, military archives and church registers.

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:

“There is such a vast array of online historical records available, the challenge can often be knowing where to start. This new genealogy toolkit gives ample tips on how to do just that. It provides students with a step-by-step guide on how to search through a range of online databases and archives, allowing them to explore their family history.

“One of the most significant legacies from the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme is the huge investment we have seen by our Cultural Institutions in expanding their online archives. The National Archives, under the guidance of Caitriona Crowe, has developed this excellent website which will act as a fantastic resource for schools. While it is primarily aimed at secondary school students, it bound to appeal to a much wider age group, especially considering the growing interest in genealogy both at home and abroad.

“Encouraging students to explore their family history can give them a greater appreciation of the seismic events which were happening in this country a century ago. It is now possible to explore records from the major conflicts which feature in the Decade of Centenaries, such at War World 1 and the 1916 Easter Rising. I hope this new website will serve as a valuable tool to help students reconnect with the past.”

Director of the National Archives John Mc Donagh said:

“This website site is aimed primarily at second-level students, but will also be useful to the general public, many of whom may think family research is daunting and difficult. With help from this site, it should be possible for most people to search records dating back to the early 19th century. The site contains case studies on Sean Mac Diarmada and Sean Lemass as examples of how to research and contextualise family history, with poignant accounts of Mac Diarmada’s relationship with Min Ryan, who visited him on the night before his execution, and Sean Lemass’s accidental shooting of his baby brother, Herbert, in 1916.”

You can access the website here: https://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/2016-family-history/welcome

Welcome to Family Research 2016

2016 Family History home2016 Family History is a new, free Irish genealogy education website, brought to you by the National Archives and IrishGenealogy.ie. The site is aimed primarily at secondary school students, but can be used by anyone with Irish ancestors to learn how to use the multiplicity of online sources now available for family history.

The site is still being tested, and will be formally launched in January 2017. Enter here.

Historic Civil Records now available to view on www.irishgenealogy.ie:

historic civil recordsToday, Heather Humphreys T.D. Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and Leo Varadkar T.D. Minister for Social Protection officially launched the historic records of Births over 100 years ago, Marriages over 75 years ago and Deaths over 50 years ago of the General Register Office (GRO).

Further details on what records are now available can be found here.

Welcome from the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

Minister Humphreys I am very pleased to welcome you to irishgenealogy.ie the website dedicated to helping you search for family history records for past generations. The website is now home to the historic records of Births, Marriages and Deaths of the General Register Office. These records join the Indexes to the historic records of Births, Marriages and Deaths that were already available on the website.

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Welcome to www.irishgenealogy.ie

churchrecordswww.irishgenealogy.ie is a website that allows users the opportunity to search a wide range of record sources in their search of their Irish Ancestry. The website is home to the on-line historic Indexes of the Civil Registers (GRO) of Births, Marriages, Civil Partnerships and Deaths and to Church Records of Baptism, Marriage and Burial from a number of counties.

The website also operates as a search portal that allows users to search the following record sources as well:

  • 1901/1911 Census records and pre-1901 survivals
  • Census Search Forms from 1841/1851
  • Tithe Applotments
  • Soldier’s Wills
  • Griffith’s Valuations
  • Ireland - Australia Transportation database
  • Military Archives
  • Ellis Island
  • National Photographic Archive from the National Library of Ireland
  • We hope that you enjoy its many features and design.

www.irishgenealogy.ie is a website operated by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Church records available online @ www.irishgenealogy.ie

This website holds a large searchable volume of pre 20th Century Church records of Baptism, Marriage and Burial that in many instances pre-date the Civil Registration. These include:

  1. Transcripts of the baptism and marriage records of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kerry to c. 1900 - this diocese includes parishes in western and north-western areas of Co. Cork.
  2. Transcripts with record-images for all surviving nineteenth-century Church of Ireland marriage, baptism and burial records in Co. Kerry.
  3. All Roman Catholic baptism, marriage and burial registers for Dublin City, some parishes in transcript only and some transcripts with record-image (to c. 1900).
  4. All surviving Church of Ireland baptism, marriage and burial registers for Dublin City, most of them transcripts with record-images to c. 1900.
  5. All surviving Church of Ireland baptism, marriage and burial registers for Co. Carlow, transcripts with record-images to c. 1900.
  6. All Roman Catholic baptism, marriage and burial registers (transcripts with record-images to c.1880) for the diocese of Cork and Ross, which covers the south and west of the county and Cork city. Some of the records of Cork city (for the parishes of St. Mary & St. Anne, St, Patrick's and Blackrock) are not currently online.
  7. A small number of Presbyterian records relating to a congregation in Lucan, Co. Dublin (transcript only).

To search these records directly, please click here.