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Join us at Back to Our Past
Posted on 10.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) October 2011

The biggest event of in the Irish Family History calendar is almost upon us, Back to Our Past at the RDS Dublin which starts on Friday 21st of October. It’s the only show in Ireland which offers genealogy professionals, publishers, websites, software and hardware providers, libraries and institutions a unique opportunity to engage with thousands of Irish enthusiasts.

We’ll be at stands 40/44 where you’ll be able to access findmypast.ie for free, we’ll be happy to guide you through the site and give you any help you may need. We’ll also be launching a major new record set, one of the most important Irish record sets ever to be made available online, which will also be available for you to search over the weekend.

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The Parish Registers of St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin
Posted on 16.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) September 2011

More excellent BMD records live today in the Registers of St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin 1677-1800. Published in 1907 as volume II of Parish Register Society of Dublin, The Registers of Baptisms, Marriages & Burials in the Collegiate and Cathedral Church of St. Patrick, 1677-1800, was transcribed by the then Dean's Vicar of the Cathedral, C. H. P. Price and edited by J. H. Bernard, the Dean of St. Patrick.

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Registers of the French Church of Portarlington 1694-1816
Posted on 12.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) September 2011

Another excellent resource for family historians with Huguenots in their family tree, the Registers of the French Church of Portarlington have just gone live on findmypast.ie. They feature over 1500 names from one of Europe’s most interesting Huguenot settlements. Beginning as a small settlement Portarlington grew to what was for all intents and purposes a French village in Ireland boasting sixteen schools and becoming a centre for education in Ireland.

So if you have any Blancs, Lalandes or Vignoles in your family tree try searching these records.

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The Forums have arrived
Posted on 9.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) September 2011

Do you like to talk about family history? Need help in finding your ancestors? Curious to see how everyone else is doing at finding their past? You can now answer these questions at findmypast Ireland’s new forums. Designed for you and your fellow researchers, it’s a place where you can share your experience and benefit from the knowledge of others. The forums are free to all registered users so why not start posting your questions now?

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New Huguenot Records
Posted on 31.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) August 2011

Very interesting addition today for those with Huguenot ancestry; The Registers of the French Non-Conformist Churches Dublin 1701-1831 containing 1500 names. The Huguenots were French protestants settled in Ireland by the British authorities when they were evicted from France and this is one of the few Huguenot parish registers for Ireland.

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Family History Events at National Heritage Week
Posted on 10.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) August 2011

National Heritage Week is almost upon us and there’s plenty for those interested in beginning their Irish family history research. The purpose of National Heritage Week is to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage in order to encourage its conservation and preservation. Each year, all across the country, local community organisations organise free events which highlight the richness of our heritage. Some of the events you can expect on Heritage Week include: medieval fairs, night-time bat walks, wildlife walks and lectures, classical music and poetry recitals, traditional music sessions, storytelling, historical re-enactments, and local history walks and talks and maritime and coastal events. In addition many heritage sites and stately homes will offer free admission or special concessions.

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Launch of two Dublin Post Office Directories
Posted on 11.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) July 2011

Two more excellent sources of information for those researching their Irish family history have gone live today, The Post Office Annual Directory and Calendar for 1843 and 1858. The directories are extremely rare and valuable sources of information for anyone researching their Dublin ancestors.

Containing 650 and 700 pages respectively, the directories list all the government, military, religious, educational, medical, legal and police establishments in the city and county. The majority of the directories are taken up with lists of the nobility, gentry, merchants and traders of the city. This is followed by listings for many of the professions, such as the legal and medical professions as well as listings of the senior staff at Trinity and the College of Maynooth. Another extremely interesting feature of the directory is its detailed descriptions of suburban towns and villages of Dublin in the 19th century.

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findmypast.ie in the Sunday Business Post
Posted on 8.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) July 2011

More than 80 million people world-wide claim Irish ancestry - including 13 percent of the US population and large numbers in Britain and Australia. Click the thumbnail to view the full article.

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Register of Derry Cathedral
Posted on 7.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) July 2011

10000 new BMD records released today to help you piece together your Irish family history. The Register of Derry Cathedral includes records of the baptisms, marriages and burials for the parish of Templemore, which included Derry City, from 1642 to 1703. The records were transcribed by the Parish Register Society of Dublin who published twelve volumes of parish registers, mostly from parishes in the vicinity of Dublin, between 1906 and 1915. These registers are will prove an extremely useful source for any researchers interested in the development of Derry city, the development of parish registration or regional demographic history during the latter half of the seventeenth century.

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Launch of Burke's Landed Gentry
Posted on 5.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) July 2011

More help researching your Irish family history today with the launch of over 80,000 records from Burke’s Landed Gentry of Ireland 1899.

This was the first specifically Irish edition of Burke’s Landed Gentry, and is considerably more detailed on Irish families than what had appeared in previous years in the general British series. It contains detailed genealogies of all the ‘landed gentry’ in Ireland. This group represents the Irish landowners, and those aspiring to this status from among the merchant and professional community. The value of this source is not just for this narrow group, as the genealogies are extensive, covering all collateral lines, junior branches and in-laws, many of whom would have been of more modest means.

The genealogies recorded were overwhelming those developed by the Ulster King of Arms (the Chief Herald in nineteenth century Ireland) and are quite valuable and largely reliable. As a source it is important for all those studying Irish genealogy, especially those whose ancestors were part of this social class.

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Farrar's Index to Irish marriages
Posted on 30.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) June 2011

Another 12000 marriage records are live from today. Farrar's Index to Irish Marriages 1771-1812 details all the marriage entries from Walker's Hibernian Magazine 1771-1812, the main Dublin journal for this period, covering a variety of topics from news and current affairs, to fashion and art. The publication is of exceptional genealogical value as it records the names, addresses and some occupations of the couples, and often the names and details of their parents (principally the fathers of the brides).

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Sinn Féin Rebellion Handbook now online!
Posted on 28.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) June 2011

Find your Irish Rebel ancestors today in the first fully searchable structured index of the Sinn Féin Rebellion Handbook. The Sinn Féin Rebellion Handbook was published by the Irish Times in 1917 to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising and is primarily made up of articles which appeared in the Irish Times during the rebellion.


  • The handbook mentions over 6,700 names in 308 pages including:
  • Photographs of rebels and government personnel
  • Names and personal details of 1,306 casualties
  • Names and personal details of soldiers who fought against the rebels
  • Details of over 3,000 rebels who were arrested and interned

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Diocese of Cloyne Marriage Licence Bonds
Posted on 24.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) June 2011

Search for your Cork ancestors in over 9000 new marriage records now on findmypast.ie. The T. George H. Green, Index to the Marriage Licence Bonds of the Diocese of Cloyne (1630-1800) is now live and ready to search and should prove extremely useful to those with lineage stretching back to County Cork. Cloyne is a rural diocese covering most of County Cork and incorporating 46 parishes. The records are based on the index that existed at the Public Records Office in Dublin prior to its destruction in 1922.

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Applications from Evicted Tenants
Posted on 22.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) June 2011

New today on findmypast.ie is 2500 records from the Estate Commissioners Offices, Applications from Evicted Tenants (1907). These records provide a very rare insight into eviction by listing applications from evicted tenants from some of the most impoverished areas of Ireland, with extensive information about their circumstances.

In each instance the Reports provide the following details on each application made to the Estate Commissioners: The Registered Application number; the applicant's name and address; the name of the estate from which he or she was evicted; the townland address of the evictee; the extent of the evictee's former landholding in acres; the rent per annum paid by the tenant prior to eviction; the name of the occupier at the time of the application to the Commissioners; the circumstances of the applicant and additional observations.

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Release of the Alumni Dublinenses records
Posted on 20.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) June 2011

We’ve just released the complete list of graduates of Trinity College Dublin from its founding in 1592 to 1846. The Alumni Dublinenses (1924 edition) contains over 32,000 names with each entry providing details about the person, their address, parentage, qualifications received, etc. They really are a mine of useful information with the references to parents names and addresses sure to be hugely beneficial if you’re researching your Irish family history.

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Instructions for using the records
Posted on 16.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) June 2011

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to research your Irish family history and get the most from our records. To help you with this we’ve created some instructional images of the records which will show you some interesting features you may not have noticed before along with basic guidelines to understanding the records.


There’s one for each section of Irish records and most rules in the images apply to other record sets you will come across. You can find them all on our Using the records page. As always if you’re having any trouble at all contact support@findmypast.ie.

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Bloomsday at findmypast.ie
Posted on 10.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) June 2011

With Bloomsday, the annual celebration of the life of James Joyce, fast approaching we thought we’d take a look through the records to find some Joycean associations. The Dublin directories provided a few good finds.

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Tracing your Irish Ancestors course
Posted on 30.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) May 2011

We’re delighted to be involved in the world’s first Irish Ancestry E-Learning Programme. Irish Times Training has just launched this new genealogy learning programme which aims to teach budding family historians all they need to know about researching their Irish ancestors. The programme, “Tracing your Irish Ancestors” combines a detailed analysis of all relevant sources with hands-on training for online research to enable you to uncover your distant family members.

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Barack Obama's ancestors found in the Landed Estate Court records
Posted on 20.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) May 2011

As you can see on RTE 1’s Nationwide special this evening at 7pm the breakthrough in the research into Barack Obama’s Irish ancestry came from the Landed Estate Court records!

The Landed Estates Court records are exclusive to findmypast Ireland and this is the first time they have ever been made available online.

They are an important source for Irish family history, as they provide extensive information about land occupation in the mid-nineteenth century, often including information back to the 18th century. In the case of Barack Obama this Landed Estate Court record provided the breakthrough in finding the missing link between Falmouth Kearney, Obama’s 2nd great-grandfather who set sail for America on the 20th March 1850, and the rest of the Kearney family line in Moneygall, Co.Offaly. You will notice the names of William and Joseph Kearney at the end of this record, Joseph being Falmouth’s father.

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Eneclann on Nationwide this Friday
Posted on 18.(BrightSolid.Shared.StringHelpers).Ordinal(false) May 2011

This Friday you can see our partners Eneclann in action on the RTE Programme “Nationwide”, tracing US President Barack Obama’s roots in Co.Offaly as far back as 1698.

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