Sideways genealogy

Strictly talking, “reverse family tree” ought to imply looking for your distant descendants. Good luck with that.

What it normally means is sideways-and-forward family tree, taking collateral household and monitoring them ahead to hint dwelling kin. And that actually is near peering into the distant future. You’re going towards the grain of time and causality: your ancestors’ information present what they’d finished, not what they have been going to do. Crystal ball time.

That a lot stated, the enchantment is apparent, particularly to the descendants of those that left Eire 5 or 6 generations in the past. In case you do handle to reconnect it may possibly imply a complete new household and neighborhood to belong to, an exquisite thrill.

Reverse, no tears

The producers of a family tree TV present I as soon as labored on have been all the time attempting to find that cash shot, the revelation of household connections rediscovered, with the resultant outpouring of telegenic tears.

So it’s value doing, and it may be finished, however solely with additional dollops of Irish family tree’s two greatest associates, luck and persistence. Listed below are a number of the essential instruments:

      •  Valuation Workplace Revision books: Griffith’s Main Valuation is the best cadastral survey ever carried out in Europe. Its goal was taxation, so it wanted updating each time the property occupier modified.  Within the 26 counties of the Republic, Griffith’s remained the idea of native tax as much as the Nineteen Eighties and Nineties and in Northern Eire as much as the Nineteen Thirties. Which suggests there’s a steady report of each single property listed within the unique printed Griffith’s. Discover somebody within the 1850s within the Main Valuation and there’s an excellent probability whoever is on the land now’s linked, particularly if the household have been there when small-holders have been subsidised to purchase out their holdings between 1890 and 1914, a interval conveniently framing the 1901 and 1911 censuses.

You possibly can comply with the modifications decade by decade by the Valuation Revision Books (aka “Cancelled Books”).  Within the Republic the Books are nonetheless solely out there within the Valuation Workplace itself. Convey a replica of the Griffith’s web page and an excellent digital camera(-phone). Typically the information may be onerous to disentangle and having one thing to chew over at your leisure is significant. The LDS Household Historical past Library additionally has microfilm copies.

Valuation Workplace revisions and purchases, 1903-1914

Even when none of your individuals have been from (what’s now) Northern Eire, it’s nonetheless value taking a look on the marvellous job PRONI have done on their Revision Books. They understood completely that the usefulness of the Books is within the time-lapse image of holdings and occupiers and have organised their on-line copies to make that clear. The pity is that they finish within the Nineteen Thirties. As my father used to say, God by no means opens a door however he closes a window.

      • GRO information: The opposite main sources are the civil registration information at Via them you will discover marriages for many who stayed behind after which their youngsters births and their youngsters’s marriages and their youngsters’s youngsters’s’ youngsters … Not that straightforward, after all, however there are many workarounds. Use the Revision Books to get prima facie proof of inheritance which could result in a will. Use marriage indexes on different websites that embrace fathers’ names – rootsireland, FamilySearch, FindMyPast. Skip ahead to 1901 and 1911 to see if there’s any proof of prolonged household in the identical space. Think about extra distant kin with distinguished names or occupations.

Simply don’t strive any of this with a Murphy.

In case you do handle to reconnect, you may anticipate a a lot hotter welcome than forty years in the past. Then, individuals right here have been cautious of Yanks turning up on the doorstep, asking awkward questions concerning the plot of land left to their Grand-uncle Paddy that no-one in Eire ever bothered to inform him about. We’ve chilled a bit.  Now that the statute of limitations has run out.

Extra on information for dwelling kin subsequent time. In case you’d wish to see a walkthrough of 1 case, there’s one in this week’s YouTube video.