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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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Radio and the 1916 Rising

The Grand Central Café, on the corner of O’Connell Street and Lower Abbey Street, is one of the most interesting, and often overlooked locations associated with the Easter Rising. In 1916 the buildings on this site were known as Reis’s Chambers because it was the location of the Charles L. Reis & Co. Jewelers and Fancy Goods warehouse.

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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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CSORP

The Chief Secretary’s Office Registered Papers (CSORP) is a vast and rambling collection of material that is pitted with gems for genealogical research.  If your ancestor had any interaction with the machine of the state, there is a possibility that they will be documented in this collection.The CSORP can be found in the National Archives of Ireland. 

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Bryan Cranston – Who Do You Think You Are?

In the most recent episode of Who Do You Think You Are? US Bryan Cranston, star of the TV shows Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle, traced his Cranston ancestry back through American and Canadian records to his great great grandparents, Joseph Cranston and Sarah McLeod. Bryan Cranston’s Irish OriginsDuring the course of his search, Bryan discovered

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Catholic Parish Registers Online

An historic resource has been made available to the genealogical community in Ireland and around the world with the publication of Ireland’s historic Roman Catholic parish registers, online. The collection covers all counties on the island of Ireland and can be found on  National Library of Ireland Website.Origins of the CollectionThe collection

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Board of Guardians Minute Books

Children who were orphaned or abandoned and found themselves in the Workhouse were often ‘boarded out’ by the Board of Guardians, and details of what happened to them were recorded in the Board of Guardians Minute Books. Many of those who were boarded out were infants, sent to women who could nurse them. The Board paid a fee to the nurse for their

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Irish Wills

I recently found a transcript of an Irish will in the District Registry Wills Books in the National Archives of Ireland. These are an often forgotten source for testamentary records because the assumption is that all Irish wills and letters of administration were destroyed in 1922, but this is not the case. District Registry Will Books Will books survive

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Dublin Workhouse Records

The Admission and Discharge Registers for three of the four Dublin Workhouses have just appeared on www.findmypast.ie.  The registers are for the North and South Dublin Union and Rathdown Union Workhouse, and date from 1840 to 1919.  As many Dublin families are likely to have encountered the Workhouse during their lifetimes these registers are a huge

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