Census of Ireland 1901 & 1911
The recent release of the Census of Ireland 1901 & 1911 has unleashed a huge interest in all things genealogical. Uniquely this census results have been digitised and are now available for download - a fascinating insight into the Ireland of the day.
Getting to your roots
Embark on a wonderful voyage of self-discovery by uncovering your Irish ancestors and visiting the land they left behind.
Ireland may be a small country, but with over 200,000 Scots Irish settlers leaving the North of Ireland during the 18th Century, and mass emigration following the Great Famine of 1845, the Irish have put down roots all over the world. Over 60 million people worldwide now claim Irish ancestry. Quite something, considering the total Irish population of today is just 5.6 million.
If you’ve always been curious about your Irish ancestors, about why they left Ireland, about what kind of life they lived here, and about whether you have any remaining relations left in Ireland, then there is a wide range of help you find out.
You will need to begin your journey of discovery by gathering as much basic information as possible on your ancestor, such as:
1. Name of ancestor who left Ireland
2. Approximate date of birth
3. County and parish of origin in Ireland
4. Religious denomination
5. Names of ancestor's parents
6. Name of ancestor's spouse, date and place of marriage
Local Genealogical Sources
Meath Heritage Centre can assist interested parties in sourcing local information and records. Further genealogical records can be found at the Meath Heritage Centre Website - www.meathroots.com or by phoning +353 (046) 9436633
Meath Library Service has a local history section in the Navan Library with some holdings relating to genealogy.
- Board of Guardians Minute Books
- Census returns
- Griffith's Valuation
- Graveyard records
- Old Newspapers
- Schools Collection
- Tithe Applotment Books
- Local history texts on people and places
All of the above are available on request at the Navan Library. Please note that users are expected to carry out their own research. Please book in advance, by phoning 046 9021134
Irish Genealogical Sources
In general, Irish genealogical sources fall into four main categories which are mainly held in Dublin and Belfast, these are as follows:
The National Library of Ireland is situated on Kildare Street - just east of Dublin's main shopping street, Grafton Street. There is a free Genealogical Advisory Service at the Library making it the perfect place to start your research. The genealogist on duty will provide you with an overview of Irish genealogical records and explain how to locate finding aids and access records.
The National Archives of Ireland are a 15 minute walk from the National Library taking you through the famous St Stephen's Green. The National Archives also has an advisory service staffed by a genealogist who will assist you in locating records such as Census 1901 and 1911, wills, Griffiths Primary Valuation, Tithe Appointment Books and the other holdings at the Archives.
The General Register Office in Dublin holds all civil birth, marriage and death records from 1864 to 1921 for the whole island of Ireland. After that date all records concerning Northern Ireland are held in the General Register Office Belfast . Full birth certificates are available at both General Register Offices and a research facility is also provided.
The Valuation Office is located in the Irish Life Centre in Lower Abbey Street in Dublin. It houses maps and cancelled and current land books which are based on Griffith's Primary Valuation. The cancelled and current land books document all changes of occupancy of land and property from the time of the original survey to the late 20th century. They are extremely valuable to the family historian, as they can relate to a particular property. The Valuation Books for Northern Ireland are held in the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland in Belfast.
The Registry of Deeds is located in Henrietta Street - immediately north of Dublin's main thoroughfare of O'Connell Street. It was established in 1708 to regulate land and property transactions. Registrations of deeds was not obligatory and mainly carried out by property owning classes such as land-owners, merchants and traders. A great deal of genealogical information can be extracted from deeds, as they often contain records of marriage settlements and wills, in addition to other property transactions. It is, however, unlikely that one would locate a registered deed for a small tenant farmer