Genealogy back to front

A closing round-up of sources to assist monitor dwelling family.

Backwards, sideways and upside-down as properly

Most blatant are those who present time-lapse information, with periodic snapshots of a household or place. Valuation Workplace revision books are the very best instance, however something with recurring amendments will be helpful, from used cheque-stubs to outdated soccer programmes. Under are among the most helpful.

Voters lists: The correct to vote was depending on property and gender as much as the center of the nineteenth century. From the 1860s on, municipal and native authority elections started to broaden their constituencies till by the late Eighteen Nineties native suffrage was large sufficient to incorporate working-class homeowners and (some) girls. The one vital year-by-year assortment is for Dublin metropolis and is online at the Dublin City Library and Archive heritage database site. See this earlier blog post for extra element.

1938-39 voters Shandon Park, Cabra

When (comparatively) common suffrage was launched in 1918, annual voters lists turned critically helpful.  The largest assortment is once more for Dublin metropolis in DCLA and runs from 1938 to 1964. They was splendidly searchable on-line at the DCLA site but a ludicrous kerfuffle about data protection implies that the app is now solely obtainable onsite within the Reading Room.  God forbid anybody ought to know the place your granny lived in 1964. Hopefully frequent sense will finally win out.

There are additionally extra piecemeal undigitised collections within the National Archives, National Library and a few county libraries. And the present register – – will be helpful in confirming a household’s current location.

Thom’s Listing, Brunswick road North 1877. From

City road directories. From the late 1830s, annual Dublin directories included a street-by-street house-by-house itemizing of owners. Over the course of the next 190 years, protection expanded and was revised for every year. Essentially the most complete assortment (and the best to comply with 12 months after 12 months) is on open cabinets in DCLA. There are glorious however incomplete on-line collections on Ancestry and askaboutireland. A lot rummaging is required.

There are additionally good on-line collections of Belfast and Cork city directories. Sadly, they don’t have the common year-to-year revisions of Dublin, however they’re nonetheless very helpful.

Funeral notices: Funeral attendance will not be optionally available in Eire, even for the remotest of acquaintances. So a obligatory a part of arranging a funeral is the newspaper demise discover, which may embrace names, addresses, nephews, cemeteries … Notices turned common within the Forties and full runs in nationwide and native newspapers are on-line at Since 2006, gives an online-only model.

DNA: Some of the frequent wrong-headed questions I’m recurrently requested is whether or not there’s an Irish family tree DNA-testing firm. My reply is “Sure, in fact. It’s known as”.

So many Irish went to North America over the previous century, and so a lot of their descendants have accomplished Ancestry DNA checks, that in all probability 90% of the Irish nationwide genome is already there. Discover a relative who is aware of greater than you (GEDmatch can also be good) and bingo, you’re again in Ballydehob.

And should you want somebody to disentangle your alleles out of your centimorgans, there’s at all times the marvelous Dr. Maurice Gleeson.

The latest YouTube goes via all of this.