Helen Kelly Genealogy's Blog (6)

Find Your Roots While Visiting Ireland

Are you planning a trip to Ireland, and do you hope to carry out some family history research during your visit?  If you happen to have an Irish born ancestor who emigrated to the United States, and are planning a visit to Ireland in the near future and hope to do some family…


Added by Helen Kelly Genealogy on December 8, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments

Westmeath Emigrants to Argentina

A game of hurling in Mercedes, Argentina (1917)

A frequently asked…


Added by Helen Kelly Genealogy on October 21, 2014 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

Researching Your Irish Family History: Census Search Forms

Those of us who are involved in long term genealogical research note that ages recorded on census returns and, indeed, on death records are frequently found to be quite inaccurate. There may be many reasons for such inaccuracies, not least because some individuals may not have known…


Added by Helen Kelly Genealogy on September 5, 2014 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Census Substitutes in Irish Genealogical Research

The scarcity of 19th century census returns for Ireland means that we genealogists place a huge emphasis on census substitutes. What is a census substitute ? My colleague, John Grenham explains it very well when he states, "Almost any document which records more than a single name can…


Added by Helen Kelly Genealogy on August 6, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Using Irish Census Returns in Genealogical Research

It is a source of great pain and frustration to genealogists that most 19th Irish census returns have been destroyed. The destruction is generally blamed on the fire at the Public Records Office in 1922 during the Irish Civil War. While the 1922 fire did consume a great deal of…


Added by Helen Kelly Genealogy on July 3, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Griffith's 'Primary Valuation of Tenements'

The mention of Irish land and property records causes many people to switch off and say that their people never owned property in Ireland. Indeed, it is true to say that very few people in 18th and 19th century Ireland owned their own property!

However, a wonderful…


Added by Helen Kelly Genealogy on June 3, 2014 at 3:30am — 3 Comments

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