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Making Sense of Birth Records

This course uses step-by-step guides and practical video tutorials to teach you about civil birth records, church baptismal records and other great sources to help you on your Irish family history journey.

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Course Structure & Topics

1: Introduction

  • Welcome

  • Course Structure

  • Course Objectives
  • Course Tips

3: Wrap-Up

  • Re-Cap

  • Courses to Help Further Your Learning

  • Social Media

2: Tracing Your Ancestor in Birth Records

  • Step 1 : Exploring Civil Birth Records

  • Step 2 : Finding Your Ancestor in Civil Records

  • Step 2.1 : Video Tutorial – Civil Records (20mins)

  • Step 3 : Finding Your Ancestor in the General Register Office

  • Step 4 : Exploring Church Records

  • Step 5 : Finding Your Ancestor in Church Records

  • Step 5.1 : Video Tutorial – Church Records (30 mins)

  • Step 6 : Other Great Sources

3: Wrap-Up

  • Re-Cap

  • Courses to Help Further Your Learning

  • Social Media

Why Take This Course?

It can be extremely frustrating searching the Irish records.  It is easy to get frustrated and overwhelmed and throw in the towel before you make any significant progress.  There are lots of missing records.  The variant spelling (and the misspelling) of first names and surnames is a complete nightmare.  The anglicisation of old Irish names add an additional complexity and challenge for us family historians.

This course, and indeed, all my courses, help take the pain out of searching the Irish records by cutting out the jargon and too much information, getting straight to the point, helping you understand the records and how to search, navigate and interpret them.  My aim to to make your research journey a less daunting experience.

So, if you are struggling to see the light, this introduction course on birth records can really help you on Your Irish Family History journey.  You have access to the course for 3 months so you have plenty of time to complete it !


“I love this online course. I needed some help and motivation in putting our family tree together. Sandra is very encouraging and has restarted my motivation. The online course suits me as I can work at my own pace and if needed can go back over content that I found a little complicated.
It’s great to have a hobby I can do at home. It also gives our family something interesting to talk about in lockdown! I might even get a few family members to join me in our family tree project.  I have completed the course on Making Sense of the Census and am looking forward to starting another one soon.  I’d recommend the course and Sandra as a great guide.”
Paula, Perth, Australia
“I have just completed “Making Sense of Birth Records” and “Making Sense of Death Records” and I highly recommend these courses for anyone researching their family history whether a beginner or, like me, you have dabbled a bit previously. I found these courses easy to follow, providing excellent instruction on how to navigate and source material from numerous online resources. Sandra’s experience and passion for genealogy shines through, in particular in her video tutorials where she demonstrates worked examples and typical problems you might encounter. I learnt of many new resources and I quickly discovered records for my ancestors and found new ones I didn’t know existed!”
Carmel Hensey, Dublin

Hi, I’m Sandra

I am a genealogist living in Dublin, Ireland.  I help family historians, like you, find their ancestors through my unique consultation sessions and online courses. Each course has step-by-step guides & practical video tutorials which take you on a journey through the Irish records.

Through my teaching and consultation sessions, family historians improve their research capabilities and have more successful outcomes.  A positive side effect is students save lots of time and experiencing less frustration !

Sandra Taylor