Irish Census Records, part 1 (part 2 to follow next month)

  Irish census records, part 1 Definition: a census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The word is of Latin origin; during the Roman Republic, the census was a list that kept track of all adult males fit for military service. […]

Upcoming genealogy event in Cork

An evening of genealogical interest will be held at The Lecture Theatre, Geography Building on Monday, August 17th, from 4.30pm, which will be of interest to the whole UCC community. The genealogy programme is well established at UCC, with our two-year Diploma in Genealogy now recruiting its fourth successive annual intake of evening students. The […]

New Catholic parish register website at the NLI

Catholic parish registers at the NLI Next Wednesday July 8 Taoiseach Enda Kenny will launch the new National Library of Ireland Catholic parish record digitisation website. This fantastic and exciting new project has been two years in the making and full praise is due to the National Library for this initiative, and in particular to […]

Genealogical resources of the National Archives in Dublin

(If you like this blog please ‘like’ me on Facebook) The Irish National Archives descend from the old Public Record Office in the Fourcourts in Dublin, which in turn descend from the Record Tower in Dublin Castle The Record Office in the Fourcourts was the site of the deliberate destruction of the Irish public records […]

Griffith’s Valuation

How to fill in some gaps in missing Irish census records: Griffith’s Valuation Census records are the principal source of genealogical data in modern times. Unfortunately in Ireland almost all census records before 1901 were destroyed at various times, some because of government policy, some as a result of the destruction of the Irish Public […]

Have you Cavan or Leitrim roots? If so this should interest you.

The latest volume of the Irish county history series, on County Cavan, is just published by Geography Publications ( . This contains a chapter by me on the early history of the kingdom of Breifne, more or less the modern counties of Cavan and Leitrim. In it I examine the history of the kingdom down […]

The Genealogy Radio Show

          This is a new radio talk show about Irish genealogy hosted by Raidió Corca Baiscinn. Visit to see lists of speakers and subjects, as well as listen to podcasts of the various shows. Raidió Corca Baiscinn is based in West Clare (Cliffs of Moher country). The show has been […]

Book Launch – Medieval Ireland Territorial, political and economic divisions

See below for details of the launch of a paperback edition of my book on land organisation in Early Ireland. The book has been out of print for several years and this is a very welcome reprint from Four Courts Press Medieval Ireland Territorial, political and economic divisions Paul MacCotter New in Paperback Describes, for […]

Genealogy conferring in Cork, early November

The School of Adult and Continuing Education in University College Cork, in co-operation with the Irish Ancestry Research Centre, Limerick, offers a two year diploma in genealogy, family history and local history, with corresponding employment potential. I enjoy lecturing and providing tutorials on this course, working closely with course director Dr. David Butler, a leading […]

Records of Death: cemetery and headstone records

Death records always interest genealogists: many of you find it hard to pass a cemetery without parking and wandering in for a look at some headstones. What I want to do in this blog is give some useful background for researchers. Burial registers There are several categories of cemeteries and graveyards in Ireland. To understand […]