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Irish Genealogy Fast Facts

Key Dates in History

795
First Viking raids
1171
Irish kings submit to Britian
1609
Plantation of Ulster colonizes land
1652
Cromwell confiscates
Catholics' land
1791
Society of United Irishmen formed
1800
Great Britian and Ireland unite
1845
Great Famine begins
1922
Irish Civil War begins; Four Courts Fire destroys many records
1949
Èire become the Republic of Ireland

Vital Records Kept

In Ireland, vital records (birth, marriage, death) are called "civil registration" records. The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland began keeping separate civil registrations in 1921.

Best Records for Genealogists

Census Records (1901–1911)
Civil Registration (1864–present)
Parish Registers (varies)
Tithe Applotment Books
(1814–1855)
Griffith's Valuation (1847–1864)

Immigration Waves

First Wave: 1850–1860
Second Wave: 1880–1900