Irish Genealogy 101

We’ve all learned how to manage a bit more successfully online during the pandemic. I taught my popular beginners’ genealogy class online for part of the year. While that class will be returning to in-person classes in Malahide next September, I’ve decided to launch a separate online class for everyone else.

This course is designed for beginners or people who have some experience with Irish genealogy. Run over 6 weeks on Zoom, this small class will learn all the basics to help find your Irish ancestors. Numbers will be strictly limited to ensure everyone has time to contribute. Weeks 1-5 will be 90 minutes long with time in each session for discussion. Check out the schedule below.

Week 1: The basics & some history. We’ll cover cousin relationships, how land is sub-divided in Ireland & why there are gaps in our records. Whether you should use software (yes!), which commercial sites are worth subscribing to, etc.

Week 2: The census & census substitutes.

Week 3: Civil records (births, deaths & marriages).

Week 4: Church records – all major denominations in Ireland covered.

Week 5: Using DNA testing to further your research – a hot topic!

These weekly topics will often diverge and so emigration & land records will be touched on frequently.

The final session is a 30 minute individual class with me to help you hone in on your research questions and plan next your steps. This will be tailored & scheduled to suit each person.

The current session is closed for bookings but please subscribe to my newsletter to hear the first news of the next session.


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