ying sites are largely for the gullible or the lazy. The real buzz and a classical introduction to local histories is in doing ones own research and getting incredible satisfaction from the hits of finding a long lost relative or breaking down a wall of ignorance. Aside from being blessed being connected to Kerry you are doubly so from a genealogical perspective. Today you can freely search
Irish Genealogy.ie (Another is Irish Genealogy Church Records..which is the same thing)
which is through the government site and through thr National Archives Bishop Street Dublin. This online site chronicles all Roman Catholic and COI from 1900 back to 1700 and the names run in a kind of cluster making it relatively easy with a little intuition or attention to the detail of the parents for the marriage and birth records. Other counties included in these records for this site include Cork, Dublin and Carlow. The government ran out of money after the collapse of the Celtic Tiger and had to shelve plans to record all county records. I have a relative through marriage named Costelloe from Tralee.
Ironically Kerry and Cork had the worst publicly available records, attributed to hoarding and unfairly blaming the clergy for the non availability of Marriage and Births. It was the genealogists who were more to blame than anyone or anything else. So the Ministers of the different political parties responded to public pressure and released these records through the co ordination of the National Archives for the information of the Irish public and its diaspora.
A good tip is to familiarize ones self with the Irish custom of naming the first born son after the paternal grandfather the second born son after the maternal grandfather and the third born son after the father. The same pattern for girls i.e. first daughter after paternal grandfather etc etc. This helps when you are searching family records and the pattern of Christian names becomes familiar. Go nÉirghidh an tÁdh Leat…
d browse through digitised copies of records held by the National Archives at Kew, London. The Irish State Papers are the official archives of the Secretaries of State from the reign of Henry VIII to c. 1782. Mainly letters, both from officials and private individuals, they also include reports and memoranda, proposals and treatises, working papers and private papers, accounts of royal revenues and possessions and cover practically every aspect of government. They are of unique significance for Irish history as most Irish records of the Dublin Castle administration before 1790 were destroyed in the burning of the Public Record Office of Ireland in 1922.
tant set of records for 19th-century Irish local and family history. And, in the furore over access, one vital point is constantly missed. The original records are still sitting in the sacristies and presbyteries around the country where they have been for the past two centuries. No organization on the island is concerned with preserving them: there is no archival programme to ensure their survival."
Read the Grenham's full piece here.
What's your take on this? Can anything be done to save these important and irreplaceable records?