Traversing the Emerald Isle

As we mentioned in the previous section, the GENUKI site (www.genuki. org.uk) contains information on a variety of geographic areas in the United Kingdom and Ireland. There are pages for all 32 counties of Ireland and you can find brief articles on a variety of topics including cemeteries, censuses, church records, civil registrations, court records, emigration and immigration, land and property, newspapers, probate records, and taxation. You can also find county pages at the Ireland Genealogy Projects site (irelandgenealogy projects.rootsweb.com).

To get an overview on Irish genealogy, take a look at the Directory of Irish Genealogy at homepage.eircom.net/~seanjmurphy/dir/. In particular, look at the Beginner's Guide section that is available as a link at the top of the site's home page. You can also find information on genealogy courses and articles on Irish genealogy on this site. On the parent page to this site, the Centre for Irish Genealogical and Historical Studies (homepage.tinet.ie/ ~seanjmurphy/), are guides to the National Archives to Ireland and the General Register Office of Ireland. Another resource for those new to Irish research is the Irish Ancestors pages hosted by the Irish Times at www. ireland.com/ancestor/.

There are a few sites that contain databases and transcriptions of Irish records of interest to genealogists. Irish Family Research (www.irishfamily research.co.uk) contains both free and subscription content including a directory of headstones, electoral registers, city directories, Griffiths Valuation, hearth rolls, school records, and a variety of other sources. My Irish Ancestry (myirishancestry.com) allows users to search Griffith's Valuation at no cost.

If you are looking for maps, Past Homes (www.pasthomes.com) has a subscription site with Irish townland maps. The maps on the site were surveyed between 1829 and 1843.

At some point, you may need to do some research on-site or need to find a particular work that is located within a public library. Familia (www.familia. org.uk) is an online directory of family history resources located in public libraries in the United Kingdom and Ireland. For information on Irish historical records, see the databases at the National Archives of Ireland Web site at www.nationalarchives.ie.

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