Irish Family History Society

Connecting People With Their Irish Roots

National Archives Online Lecture: ‘Researching your Roman Catholic ancestors’ – Joan Sharkey

27 Jan 2022 @ 18:00 – 19:00
National Archives

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.