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Day 12 - National Library of Ireland

National Library Orientation

   Day 12 for me, but the first day of Dublin research for this group.  After a hearty Irish Breakfast (no black pudding for me, please), we met in the Lobby to make the quick trip across the street to the National Library.  First thing is to get everyone to store their coats and bags in the lockers.  You can take your computer, notebook, files, etc., into the Library, but no bags or coats.  Also, pencils only, please.   We were met by Emma of the Library Staff for an orientation to the National Library.  She did an overview of the rules of the Library as well as the various collections and how to access them.  

   Emma was followed by Christina from the Genealogy Advisory Service to talk about the genealogy records held in the Library and the databases accessible for free from the Advisory Service computers.  This includes Ancestry, FindMyPast and the Irish Newspaper Database.  There are also links to IrishGenealogy.ie, which recently added a large number of the civil registration certificate images to their database.  This database is available for free online, but some researchers hadn’t had time to look at all of these records, which cover the period beginning in 1864.  

   One of the main resources of the National Library is their collection of Roman Catholic church records, which they digitized and put online last year.  The Library did not provide indexes to these records, but in March of 2016, Ancestry and FindMyPast, in a joint venture, created indexes to these records.  For our Roman Catholic ancestors, any record prior to 1864 would only be a church record of baptism, marriage and occasionally, burial.  

   If you are going to be researching in Ireland, you want to spend time working with records that are not online…things you can only get here.  If you have John Grenham’s book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, look at the chapter on the County where your ancestors lived.  There is an entire section on publications, local history, journals, etc., which have call numbers to the National Library.  Check for estate records.  Are they at the National Library?  Once you have your Reader’s Ticket you can order these either with a slip in the Reading Room, or by using the online ordering system. 

   Researchers will have the opportunity to go back to the National Library on Thursday or Friday to continue their research.


Reading Room at the National Library

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