Author Archives: Nicola Morris

DEDs and the Valuation Office

If you have the chance to visit the Valuation Office in Dublin to consult the Valuation Office Revision Books you will have discovered that a large part of their collection has now been digitised and can be accessed using the computer terminals in the public research room. Original copies of the books that have been digitised will not now be produced

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Early 19th Century Living Conditions

A search through the catalogues in PRONI for records relating to the estate of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers in the Limavady area found the following extract from the Journal of Tour to Ireland 17th March-23rd May 1820 written by John Towgood. Towgood may have been an agent of the Fishmongers, his tour included many meetings with Barré Beresford

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Finding Irish Birth Records

There are times when finding Irish birth records can be challenging.  Here are a few tips for searching Irish birth records online.Registration of Births in IrelandIt was compulsory to register all births in Ireland from 1864, however, as many of you will know, not all births were registered with the civil authorities.  There are many reasons why

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Old Irish Family Letters

Detective work can sometimes be one of the most appealing aspects of Irish genealogy. If you are lucky enough to find old family letters sent from Ireland to emigrant siblings, children, cousins or neighbours, it might be time to put your detective hat on. Old family letters can contain all sorts of clues that could identify your family origins in Ireland.

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Irish Civil Registration Records Online

A selection of Irish Birth, Marriage and Death registrations have been made freely available online at the Irish Government website www.irishgenealogy.ie. Previously, this website was home to one of the online indexes for Irish civil registration, where it was possible to search for the reference information for a birth, marriage or death registration.

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Irish Citizenship by Descent

A person with a grandparent who was born in Ireland can apply for Irish citizenship by descent by applying to have their birth registered in the Register of Foreign Births at their nearest Irish diplomatic or consular mission. Once your birth has been registered in the Register of Foreign births you will be provided with a certificate of confirmation.

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The 1916 Children: Death of O’Toole

The team at Timeline carried out some of the research for the Joe Duffy documentary, Children of the Revolution, which aired on RTE on Easter Sunday 2016.  The documentary looks at the circumstances in which children were killed during the 1916 Rising. One child who died during the Rising was a young man named O’Toole (no first name given). On

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IRA Nominal Rolls

The Irish Military Archives have published a wealth of material for researching the 1916 Rising on their website.  Amongst this vast collection are the IRA Nominal Rolls.  This record set, with the designation RO, was largely created in 1935 to identify men and women who were active from 23rd April 1916 up to 30th September 1923.   The IRA Nominal

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Irish Surnames

During a recent search for a Maher family I once again stumbled into the mire of difficulty created by the spelling of Irish surnames in 19th century records.  This is an obstacle that many Irish family history researchers will encounter during the course of their research.  Mass digitization of Irish records has made the issue of the spelling of

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Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance Log

Finding contemporary records and accounts of the 1916 Rising can be challenging. Many of the sources used to reconstruct the 1916 Rising and identify the participants and victims were compiled in the aftermath or the years and decades that followed. However, the Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance Log is a contemporary record of the calls that came into the

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