How to get started

We can provide all you will need to assist you with your Family Tree research.

Have a look around our site and when you are ready to come back to us to help guide you on your journey, fill out the assessment form here. We want this to be an enjoyable experience for you where each exciting step takes you closer to your family's origins

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Why choose us?

Our services range from record retrieval, basic family research, detailed family research reports, consultancy services, talks, seminars and workshops.

Despite a growing number of Irish databases going online and some wonderful free sources which lead people to thinking they can research without assistance of an expert genealogist, there is more to researching your family than obtaining records or certificates. What do you do then? An expert genealogist can analyse the data and explain discrepencies or factors that might have led to the absence of records. Some parish registers can be difficult to decipher if you are not familiar with Irish names or placenames but an Irish researcher like Noreen of Hibernia Roots will be ideally placed to interpret (most!) handwriting.

If you are not sure where exactly your ancestors lived, don't worry, we will do our best to find them for you using our tools, knowledge and years of experience in genealogy. We've helped clients at all stages of their Irish ancestral research from absolute beginners, those too busy to find the time to concentrate on researching, and those who have hit the 'brick wall'. More and more people are using family research as a gift for a special occassion such as a wedding anniversary or special birthday. One of our popular packages, which includes a bound book, is a fantastic momento to share especially for those who prefer to read it at their leisure.  Each report is tailor made and personalised following consultation with you (e.g. using your family photos to be included or anecdotes).

For Consultancy Services and Workshops tailor-made to your requirements contact me at:noreen@hiberniaroots.com

Do Your Homework

The first step before engaging our services is to accumulate all the information you have already. This could mean gathering photographs, identifying who was in the photograph and possible timeframe, or just listing names of family members back from yourself. Check with older members of the family if there are gaps in the names you have listed. You need to know where in Ireland your ancestors originated, ideally, the townland, town or county. If you have dates of birth or other important dates such as marriage or deaths these could mean the difference in speeding up our research and keeping your costs to a minimum.  If there are any family anecdotes, note them for further research and verification. Please be aware, sometimes stories grow with the telling, so what may have been believed as fact, may not be, when details are investigated. On the other hand, what might have sounded far-fetched, and considered the ramblings of  Auntie Bessie, may in fact be proven to be true!

When you think you have as much information as is available within the family, complete our assessment form and we will take it from there.

 

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Irish Ancestral Research

 

To start with, it is important to know about Irish civil record-keeping and its connection with our troubled Irish history.

Civil Registration of marriages became compulsory in 1845 for non-Catholic marriages and full registration of all records for Ireland came into being in 1864 which included Roman Catholic births, marriages and deaths. However, it can be said that not every parish kept meticulous records so the availability of records varies from parish to parish.

You may have heard that during the Irish Civil War, in 1922, a fire in the Four Courts in Dublin which housed the Public Records Office, caused an enormous amount of damage and left a gap in records that can never be filled. The majority of the census records from 1821 -1851 perished together with other civil records. Further destruction occurred of census records by government order, for the latter years from 1861 -1891, in error, believing copies had been retained.  

This of course makes life difficult for researchers in Ireland but we love a challenge!

Fortunately, the Irish Government made the decision, a few years ago, to make the Census records from 1901 and 1911 available on-line and this is where most people start their search. These can be viewed on http://www.genealogy.nationalarchives.ie/

Apart from census and civil records there are a multitude of other sources. If you ancestor was a farmer he may have been a tenant on an Estate, so we can search land records for you. If he had a trade or lived in one of the larger cities, he may be listed in a trade directory.  Who knows, maybe there is a skeleton in your cupboard – an ancestor that might be recorded in court records (not always for the obvious reasons but might have been a victim of crime) and might therefore be noted in newspapers.

We can save you time and money by trawling through all the resources and sources using our tried and tested methods. Contact us today on noreen@hiberniaroots.com or complete the assessment form and get started on the road home!