Books by Chris Paton

Priced £7.95, published by Family History Partnership, from February 26th 2010

"Author Chris Paton... lives and breathes the advice here, with his enthusiasm apparent in the animated tone. At under £8 this is excellent value... A friendly and informative guide for beginners" - Your Family Tree, May 2010 (issue 90)

Tracing Your Family History on the Internet, by Chris Paton (Pen and Sword Ltd, £12.99, March 2011) 


Irish talk notes:

The following websites were discussed at the Irish Resources Online sessions given by me at the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society in June 2011.


Session 1 civil birth indexes 1864-1958 ROI (marriages from 1845); 1864-1922 NI (marriages from 1845) - General Register Office Ireland - Health Service Executive Ireland - General Register Office Northern Ireland - Irish Family History Foundation - Ulster Historical Foundation - Irish Government site, Kerry, Carlow, Cork, Dublin - Ulster (mainly Northern Ireland) records

Various sites for British overseas indexes include Irish entries - has fully searchable databses including army chaplaincy records, consular returns etc, whilst the same indexes can be found at but must be browsed. ScotlandsPeople ( also has the Bishopric of the Forces Roman Catholic records. - Irish Genealogy Project Archives include photos of many cemteries, such as Mount Jerome in Dublin. - History from Headstones, burials in the north - Irish Graveyards - all Ireland burials - Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. Pay per view, burials from 1828 to present day - Belfast City Council burial records for City Cemetery, Dundonald and Roselawn cemeteries

www.census.nationalarchives,ie - 1901 and 1911 all Ireland - pre-1901 census fragments - Irish 1841 and 1851 census extracts for pension applications, mainly from 1915-1922. Also available on and through LDS FamilySearch catalogue


Session 2 - major new site from Brightsolid and Eneclann. Many records previously on Irish Origins, though new collections are also being added. Lots happening imminently - see blog post at - Ancestry's new irish records portal - separate pages for Northern Ireland and ROI, but check both as some all island based records may only be found on one of the pages. - Public Record Office Northern Ireland, Belfast - Belfast and NI directories 1805-1913 - National Archives of Ireland site, Dublin - National Library of Ireland - Sources database and major photography database - and will be digitising Roman Catholic registers, though not indexing them - see - Griffith's Valuation (this is the free to access Primary Valuation - but a more complete version, with amended entries etc, is available at - but this is subscription based) - Irish Times archive - Mostly ROI, many digitised newspapers - 19th century newspapers, including Belfast Newsletter and The Freeman's Journal (Dublin based)    Free access if subscribe to National Library of Scotland's licensed online digital collections at - major ten year digitisation project of newspapers from British Library by - Eddie's Extracts - Belfast Gazette - ROI equivalent from 1922, archive only online from 2002  (NB: pre 1922 Dublin Gazette not online) - various resources: 1851 census heads from Dublin, 1848 William Smith O' Brien petitions, some burial records, militia records, directories, and various other collections - various - WW1 service records (only a third survive); WW1 medal index cards. Some WW2 POW records. - 1760-1913 Chelsea Pension records from TNA (Kew) - militia records and Royal Hospital Kilmainham (Dublin) pension records coming soon. Also other military collections, including Napoleonic wars records and 12,000 Irish soldiers included in Army Deserters 1828-1840 collection (in Other Records Collection 1320-1996, located in Specialist Records section). - Militia Attestations 1872-1915 (12,500 names), and 1798 rebellion: Claimants and Surrenders (8000 names) - UK National Archives at Kew - various military and merchant seamen records via Documents Online section. Various irish records forthcoming, inc Royal Irish Constabularly records and War of Independence. (RIC records partially indexed at - Poor Law unions map of Ireland - Poor law union maps (replace last digit 1 with 2 and 3 for additional maps) - Irish poor law removals from England and Scotland - House of Commons Parliamentary papers - contains lists of irish people removed from Britain in 19th C and sent back to Ireland - includes poor people returns to Ireland from Scotland 1867/1869/1875-1879



FindmyPast - has promised some new Irish material later in 2011, content not yet known

The National Archives (Kew)

Lots more happening in next few months!