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Day 12 - The National Library of Ireland

National Library Readiing Room

   After a good Irish breakfast the group was off to the National Library (just across the street) for a 9:30 orientation to the Library and the Genealogy Advisory Service.  By 11:00 most everyone had gotten their Reader’s Cards, internet access, and had begun their research.  The National Library holds the Roman Catholic parish registers on microfilm for most of the Republic, a key holding for researchers.  In addition, the Advisory Service has subscriptions to databases such as Ancestry, FindMyPast, Origins and the Irish Newspapers, all of which can be used from computers in their center.   Other holdings include newspapers (hard copy and microfilm) and manuscripts of early records, including some estate records.  Using the Sources database on the Library’s home page allows you to search by locality to see what records exist for the area where your ancestors lived.

   At 12:30 we made a run to the GRO to pick up the first set of civil registration certificates…an office that will be visited multiple times during the week because of the limitation of 8 certificates per day.  

   The day ended with an orientation visit to the National Archives where we’ll be researching tomorrow.

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