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The Irish Genealogy Cheat Sheet compiles critical facts, tips and resources into a quick-reference format that will help you research more efficiently and effectively.
First Viking raids
Irish kings submit to Britian
Plantation of Ulster colonizes land
Society of United Irishmen formed
Great Britian and Ireland unite
Great Famine begins
Irish Civil War begins; Four Courts Fire destroys many records
Èire become the Republic of Ireland
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.
Census Records (1901–1911)
Civil Registration (1864–present)
Parish Registers (varies)
Tithe Applotment Books
Griffith's Valuation (1847–1864)
First Wave: 1850–1860
Second Wave: 1880–1900
Receive your free copy of our Irish Poor Law Union Map by clicking the button below. Poor law unions (PLUs), designed by the British government to administer services for the poor, are central to this research. By knowing the PLU your ancestor lived in, you can find him in Ireland’s civil birth, marriage and death records.