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An Introduction to Irish Genealogy

Learn how to use IrelandXO and how they can assist in your Irish family research with this free online course.

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This free online course, An Introduction to Irish Genealogy, teaches you how to begin your Irish family history research. You will learn about IrelandXO and all the valuable resources the site has. The course will also explain how to research parishes and townlands to find your Irish ancestors. It will even discuss how to use naming and baptism traditions in your search. So, why wait? Start this course today and learn about Irish Genealogy.
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This course, An Introduction to Irish Genealogy, will provide you with an understanding of how to begin researching your Irish family history with the assistance of IrelandXO. You will learn naming and baptism traditions that will help identify your Irish ancestors. You will be able to define what a parish and townland are and describe their importence in genealogical searches. You will also learn about civil registers and what information can be found about your Irish ancestors.

This course then explains different resources that can be used to assist in your family research. You will learn about historical church records, Irish civil records, the 1901 & 1911 Irish census, The Downs Report, The Sinn Féin Rebellion​ Handbook, military records and other genealogical resources. You will also discover their significance in relation to genealogical searches.

This course then wraps up with IrelandXO and their website. You will learn who IrelandXO is and what they can offer to assist in your research of your Irish family history. You will also learn about the different tools that can be found on IrelandXO's website - ancestor profile, building chronicle, message board, timeline and local guide. This course will equip you with the knowledge you need to explore your past and arm you with valuable insights to inform your present.  

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Learning Outcomes

  • List reasons to record your family history
  • Outline the first steps to take to find your Irish ancestors
  • Summarise Irish naming and baptism traditions and their importance in genealogical searches
  • Define what a parish and townland are and describe their importance in genealogical searches
  • List Genealogy and Military Record resources and summarise their importance to genealogical searches
  • Identify and describe who IrelandXO are and what they offer when researching Irish family history


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