Course #1: Irish Research

Instructor: Mary Roddy, CG
Dates offered: Tuesdays: October 19, 26, November 2 and 9, 2021
Time: 3:30-6:30 pm Pacific time zone
Cost: $300

Due to record loss, Irish research can be difficult, but it is not impossible.

The course will focus on major record types and strategies used in Irish research. Each week, students will be assigned a case study applying these records to solve a genealogical problem Cases will take 5-10 hours to solve.

Lessons in the course target solving 19th- and early 20th-century Irish research problems. We will study the major record groups available for research in this time period, including what is available online and how to access the records. In-class exercises will provide practice in finding and analyzing online records.

The case studies will provide further practice in the various record groups. You will use your intermediate-to-advanced research skills in locating and analyzing records and putting together family groups, to find the answer to a problem in Irish records. These practical research problems will hone your knowledge and skills for documenting your Irish ancestors or those of your clients.

Requirements: an account at FamilySearch

Recommended subscriptions: Ancestry

Optional subscriptions:

  • Irish Ancestors ( – Note: instructor has arranged for a discounted subscription to this site for AppGen students registered in the Irish Research course
  • RootsIreland – subscription not required but it is helpful for finding church records
  • FindMyPast – another subscription site with Irish records – not required but if you have one you might use it in the course

Course Outline

Note: All of the following topics will be covered, but the order is subject to change.

Session 1:

  • Introduction to course
  • Locations and jurisdictions
  • Irish census records
  • Irish Civil Registration records
  • Presentation of Case #1

Session 2:

  • Review and discussion of Case #1
  • Irish Catholic parish records
  • Name variations – forename, surname and placename
  • FAN club for Irish research
  • Presentation of Case #2

Session 3:

  • Review and discussion of Case #2
  • Griffiths Valuation, and Tithe Applotment records
  • Names: People and Places
  • Presentation of Case #3

Session 4:

  • Review and discussion of Case #3
  • Lessons learned
  • Where to go from here