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Irish Genealogy: Sources for Irish Origins

P Spratt-Mass Card

Funeral Card for Patrick Spratt of
Buttevant, Co. Cork, Ireland 

Hopefully the blogs of the past few weeks have helped you to understand why the townland of origin is so important for Irish research.  …

Irish Genealogy: Irish Administrative Divisions: Poor Law Unions

Irish Civil Registration Districts 
(formerly Poor Law Unions)
http://www.connorsgenealogy.com/RegDist.htm

The final administrative division to discuss is the Poor Law Union.In 1838, under the Poor Law Relief Act, these divisions were set up for the maintenance of the local poor.…

Irish Genealogy: Irish Administrative Divisions: Counties & Baronies

Counties of Ireland
http://www.visitireland.com/ireland_map.html

It is likely if you’ve uncovered any information about your ancestor’s origins in Ireland it is the county.  Here’s the bad news...no records were kept at the county level.  …

Irish Genealogy: Irish Administrative Divisions: Parishes

Mitchell, Brian, A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland,
(Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1986), 115.

Once you have identified the townland where your ancestor lived in Ireland, and have referred to the

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