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Ireland Brickwall Project

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The Irish brickwall club

The aim of this project is to help Geni users to take down the Irish brickwalls.

How to place a request for help:

  • Start a new discussion for every request.
  • Give as much information as possible, without names and dates there is not much we can do.

What records are available:

Roman Catholic church records- parishes started to keep church register books from 1800 onwards, some parish records start as late as 1820 or even 1830. Not every church kept their records, some where destroyed or misplaced.

Church of Ireland records-- In general available a bit earlier then 1800, some records date back to 1770 or 1760. Over 1000 records were destroyed in the fire of the Irish Record office in Dublin in 1922 during the troubles.

Records available are baptisms, marriages and burial records.

Civil records:

Civil registration was rolled out in Ireland in 1864, I say rolled out because not every parish started at the same time.

Other available records:

  • Tithe applotment books 1826-1835 showing taxpayers, only the head of the household is mentioned with townland and parish of residence.
  • Griffiths valuation 1848-1864 an early form of census, only the head of household and address.
  • Town and city directories

All Irish records were destroyed in a fire, myth or fact?

Many of us have heard that all records were destroyed, this is a myth see below what really happened.

Destroyed in the fire:

  • .The surviving 19th century census returns,
  • .About two-thirds of pre-1870 Church of Ireland parish registers.
  • .All of the surviving wills probated in Ireland dating back to 1600 in Ireland.

The original census returns for 1861 and 1871 were destroyed shortly after the censuses were taken. Those for 1881 and 1891 were pulped during the First World War, probably because of the paper shortage. The returns for 1821, 1831, 1841 and 1851 were, apart from a few survivals, notably for a few counties for 1821 and 1831, destroyed in 1922.

Survived or nowhere near the fire:

  • The 1901 and 1911 Irish census returns survive.
  • All civil registration records. (Civil registration was rolled out in 1864)
  • Nearly half of all Church of Ireland parish registers (many clergymen had simply not sent their registers to Dublin).
  • Baptism, marriage and burial records for Roman Catholics, Presbyterians and Methodists were not housed at the Public Records Office
  • Griffiths Valuation – the primary source of land and property records for the middle of the 19th century is intact.
  • Indexes to wills and probate bonds survive.
  • A good number of local muster rolls, poll tax lists and other records dating back to the very early 1600s.

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Current requests for help: