Irish Family History Society

Connecting People With Their Irish Roots


National Archives Online Lecture: ‘Researching your Roman Catholic ancestors’ – Joan Sharkey @ Zoom
Jan 27 @ 18:00 – 19:00

The National Archives is delighted to announce the first talk in its evening lecture series for 2022. Entitled ‘Researching your Roman Catholic ancestors’, this online lecture will be given by professional genealogist Joan Sharkey (member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland).

Before the introduction of comprehensive civil registration in 1864, virtually the only direct sources of family information for Roman Catholics are the local parish records. As the vast majority of the Irish population was Catholic, researching in these records forms a very important part in tracing one’s family history.

This lecture will discuss the compilation of the records and the historical background to the administration of the church over time which unfortunately, resulted in the majority of the registers only commencing in the early 19th century. The talk will cover the extent of the available records and where they are located and will also give advice on using the various websites which contain transcriptions and images of these records.

For a free ticket, please click here.

RootsTech 2022 @ Online
Mar 3 – Mar 5 all-day

RootsTech 2022, the annual Genealogy Conference will take place from 3 – 5 March, 2022. As in 2021, it will be fully virtual and free of charge. The Conference, linked to the Family Search website operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is international in scope and includes panel discussions and information sessions.

Back to Our Past @ RDS Dublin
Apr 24 all-day

The Genealogy and Family History experience is back in the RDS!

The show will provide access to 30 presentations on both genetic & general genealogy to assist you in tracing your Irish roots.