Genealogy guru Rick Crume is a long-time contributing writer for Family Tree Magazine. At next weeks Fall Virtual Conference, he breaks free from his written word wheel house and brings you two interactive video presentations: “Using UK Civil Registrations” and “Tracing Irish Ancestors in Griffith’s Valuation.” No matter where over the pond your family hails from, the resources exist to dig out their stories. In this guest post, Rick gives a brief synopsis of his search-stimulating sessions:
If you have ancestors who emigrated from the British Isles in the nineteenth century, free online indexes are the perfect way to start tracing them. English and Welsh governments began recording births, marriages and deaths in 1837, but until recently, researchers had to physically visit Great Britain or spend hours scrolling through microfilm to thoroughly search the indexes. Now theyre available for free on several websites. By finding your ancestor’s name in an index before requesting a copy of a birth, marriage or death certificate, youll get faster service, as well as ensure that the record you are requesting is for the right person.
Before beginning research on family history anywhere in Europe, its often important to first identify the specific place where your ancestors lived. While many Irish records have been lost over the years, a tax survey conducted across Ireland between 1848 and 1864 survives. This can now be used to help locate your ancestors exact parish of residence. Armed with that information, you can then pursue other Irish records for information on your family.
Join me next week for two courses: “Using UK Civil Registrations” and “Tracing Irish Ancestors in Griffith’s Valuation.” You’ll learn where to find the best free online indexes to these resources, tips for searching them effectively and how to use them as springboards to assist with future record finding.
Time is running out! Register now for the Fall Virtual Conference and save $20 with coupon code FRIENDSOFRICK.