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An Introduction to Irish Family History

Learn the basics of Irish family history research and find your Irish ancestors' roots with this free online course.

Publisher: IrelandXO
This free online course, An Introduction to Irish Family History, teaches you the basics of Irish genealogy. Written from an Irish perspective, it describes key genealogical resources to help you unlock the mysteries of everything from naming traditions to geographical terms. Learn invaluable insights whether you are starting out or have already begun exploring your Irish roots. Start this course and discover the secrets of your own past.
An Introduction to Irish Family History
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    1.5-3 Hours
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This course, An Introduction to Irish Family History, will provide you with an understanding of how to begin researching your genealogy. You will learn naming and baptism traditions that will help identify your Irish ancestors. You will understand the difference between a Civil and Church Parish, and their importance in genealogical searches. You will learn about the different geographical boundaries and definitions across the island of Ireland, including Counties, Parishes, and Townlands. 

This course then explores different resources that can be used to assist in your family research. You will learn about valuable genealogical resources such as historical church records, Irish civil records, the 1901 & 1911 Irish censuses, The Griffith's Valuation, The Bureau of Military Archives, and much more. You will learn the specifics of where to find each record and exactly how to interpret the information you find there. You will also discover the significance of each record in relation to your own family's genealogy.

Along the way, you will be provided with tips and advice for recording your own family's history. This informative and interesting course will equip you with the knowledge you need to explore your ancestral past and arm you with valuable insights to inform your present.  

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