Before making a trip to find your ancestors in Ireland, the search must start in the U.S.A. All records generated here, such as birth, marriage, and death certificates, immigration and naturalization papers, passenger lists, census, land and tax records, military, church, and any other records that can be found might be needed to find where ancestors lived. Research in Ireland will not be successful if all the information available is a county name and in some cases, it might be the wrong county name. There are elements to the search in Ireland than are much different than in America: registrar districts, electoral divisions, baronies, parishes, poor law unions, and townlands to name some of them. In addition, it is important to know the dates when civil records were generated and where they can be found. Religious records in Ireland are very important as well.
I have researched and lectured for a number of years about how to search for and use American records to find the data necessary to be successful in Ireland. When needed, I will travel to Ireland for clients. These trips are not made on a regular schedule. However, if the search has urgency, such as for a legal case, I have expert Irish researchers that will work with me to secure the records needed and assist documenting the results. I am happy to take inquiries about these searches.
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