Poor Law Unions

For the purposes of government administration in the 1830s, the Poor Law Unions (PLU) were created.  There were a total of 163 PLUs and each had a workhouse associated with it.  Workhouses were the last resort for the destitute Irish.  You may come across your ancestors with an address of Continue Reading

Status of Civil Records

The current status of the digitisation of Irish civil registrations of birth, marriages and deaths is outlined in the 3 images below. You will save yourself hours of time by being aware of these dates by not searching for information that is not there so feel free to download and Continue Reading

Tracing an Adoption: Helen’s Story

Another real life Adoption Story I’d like to share. There’s nothing I love more than helping people find out where they come from. Adoption tracing and research can be difficult, but it is so rewarding to help uncover family history and reunite people like Helen with their birth families. I Continue Reading

Grave Hunting at Glasnevin Cemetery

During a recent history tour of Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin, I learnt that there are more dead people buried in Glasnevin Cemetery than are living in Dublin today.  On your ‘Irish Family History’ journey I’m sure you will come across some relatives buried in Glasnevin Cemetery also known locally as the Continue Reading

Family History: Lost and Found

Uncovering long lost relatives is a common occurrence in genealogy research. One of the most fantastic things about doing family tree research is meeting relatives that you never knew existed.  During the summer I was fortunate enough to meet a new O’Gorman 3rd cousin Terri. It would probably be useful to Continue Reading

Fire at the Public Records Office

One of the most common questions asked about Irish genealogy is ….. ‘all the irish records were burnt in the Four Courts during the Civil War in 1922’ so it’s impossible to trace our ancestors. This is not true… For example, the 1901 and 1911 census records are available online Continue Reading

Gone But Not Forgotten

One of the most touching and sad things that I discovered in tracing my family history was the story of this little girl, Carmel O’Gorman, my maternal Great Aunt or Grand Aunt whichever term you prefer.  If you are not familiar with the terminology, your Great Aunt or Grand Aunt is your grandmother’s sister. Continue Reading