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Instructions for using the records
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bloomsday at findmypast.ie
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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.
Tracing your Irish Ancestors course
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Irish Times Training runs a 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.
Barack Obama's ancestors found in the Landed Estate Court records
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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.
Eneclann on Nationwide this Friday
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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.
The Ireland Collection so far...
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In case its your first visit to the site we thought we’d give you a quick overview of the records we currently have on the site:
The impact of the Irish
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