Researching Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors
Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt

The course will explore strategies for researching Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors, as many individuals may have either or both in their ancestry. The programme content covers the whole island of Ireland, not solely Ulster.
A particular specialism of the Foundation, garnered from its 60 years of experience, is researching Scots-Irish ancestors. The Scots-Irish or Scotch-Irish left Scotland, many in the seventeenth century, settled as part of various, successive waves of plantation in Ulster, stayed maybe one, two or several generations and then moved on to North America.
  • The importance of Irish land divisions: understanding townlands
  • Vital (civil) records – birth, marriage and death certificates (1845 to present)
  • Archives and libraries in Ireland
  • Irish official census records of the nineteenth and early twentieth century
  • Irish church records for use in genealogical research (1) – registers of baptisms/births, marriages and burials/deaths
  • Irish church records for use in genealogical research (2) – records of church administration
  • The importance of graveyards, gravestone inscriptions and funerary monuments in Irish research
  • Using Irish wills and testamentary records
  • Getting the most out of Griffith’s Valuation and nineteenth century land valuation records
  • Early nineteenth-century land records: tithe applotment books, tithe defaulters records, and freeholders registers
  • Using Irish landed estate records to find eighteenth- and nineteenth-century ancestors
  • Irish education and school records: a valuable alternative to non-extant census records for nineteenth-century research
  • The Irish Poor Law and local government records: Board of Guardians, workhouse registers and grand jury records
  • Using printed sources for Irish family history: newspapers, street directories, Ordnance Survey Memoirs and the British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland
  • Law and order records: sources relating to the police, local courts and the prison system in Ireland
  • Census substitutes and other useful but lesser-known sources for the eighteenth century
  • Using the Registry of Deeds: an important source for eighteenth-century research
  • The Ulster Plantation and sources for finding seventeenth-century families in Ireland (not just Ulster)
  • Emigration from Ireland to North America – sources for researching emigrant ancestors