Sunday, 28 April 2013

New Developments in British and Irish Genealogy

For our afternoon speaker, we were very fortunate to have James Thomson. James spoke to us about New Developments in British and Irish Genealogy.

James was very thorough in his presentations and shared a number of very useful websites. Here are some of them: 


Askaboutireland: provides Griffiths Primary Valuation Roll as well as Griffiths Valuation maps for all of Ireland. These maps show the actual plot of land where people lived either as owner or occupier.

PRONI: provides valuation revision books, school records, Crown court & Coroner’s court records, County Council records, Board of Guardians (Workhouses) records and Ulster Transport Authority records.
National Archives of Ireland:  This is the republic of Ireland Archives and has tithe applotment books.

National Library of Ireland has tendered a number of records including catholic parish registers, Directories, Newspapers

Irish Genealogy: includes Ireland to Australia transportation

Documenting Ireland, Parliament People & Migration: has Parliamentary papers.

Following a short break, James led us through some interesting and sometimes little known websites for British genealogy. These included

National Records of Scotland:



A Vision of Britain Through Time: This website has historical maps that can be overlayed through the various boundary changes over time. It also holds a number of other records such as Election results since 1833 as well as census records.

Addressing History: This provides searches by "people, places, profession". This site also has historical maps.
County surveys of Great Britain will become available through Edina. These are similar to the Statistical Accounts, but are done at a County level rather than at a Parish level and are more Agriculture based.

BMD Registers: has non conformist and non parochial BMD services.

Thank you James for a very informative afternoon! Many of us spent our evening on our computers checking out our newly discovered web resources.

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