Individual Course Modules

What to expect from our individual course modules?

Our Irish Genealogy Essentials online modules offer everything you will need to know about specific aspects and topics in Irish genealogy and provide you with the tools and information needed to discover more about your family history.

They are ideal if you:

  • Have no experience with genealogy or family history research
  • Have some experience with genealogical research, but want to develop your skills and knowledge further
  • Consider yourself a more experienced genealogical researcher who wants to learn new techniques and lesser known sources.
  • Are unable to commit to a longer or more intense genealogy course
  • Want to focus on a particular aspect of Irish family history research that you feel will help break down your own genealogical "brick walls"
  • Find aspects of Irish history/genealogy interesting and would like to know more

Priced at just £74.99 (£64.99 for Guild Members) these modules are available for immediate viewing, can be accessed from the comfort of your own home and can viewed as often (or as little) as the participant chooses to.*

*Fair usage and public broadcast restrictions do apply

Introduction to Irish Genealogy

This Introduction to Irish Genealogy module focusses on four topics central to Irish family history research.

This module is aimed at providing both the beginner and the more experienced genealogist the resources, tools and information needed to either start researching their Irish and Scots-Irish roots, or to find their elusive Irish or Scots-Irish ancestors.

Length of Module: 5.5 Hours

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Included in this module are the following lectures:

Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Census Returns

This session will focus on how much information can be gleaned from the 1901 and 1911 census returns and the value of these resources, even for those whose ancestors had left Ireland prior to the twentieth century. We will also look at the census fragments that survive for the nineteenth century.

Irish Land Divisions

Understanding the importance of our land divisions and sense of place to local people in rural Ireland (irrespective of location) are crucial to success in Irish genealogy. This presentation explores the different administrative divisions: e.g. townland, barony, parish, County, Poor Law Union, etc, their origins, how they relate to each other, and their relevance and usage in the historical records.

Introduction to Irish Church Records

This session will look at the records available for main religious denominations in Ireland and how their varied histories have affected the types of records which exist. We will examine baptismal, marriage and burial registers and will focus on where these records are held and how to access them.

Civil Records - Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates

Civil registration of all births, deaths and marriages began in Ireland in 1864 (non-Catholic marriages registered from 1845). This session will focus on birth, marriage and death records, the information they contain and the various websites that can now be used to access them.

Irish Land Records

This Irish Land Records module focusses on five topics central to the subject of Irish land records.

This module is aimed at providing both the beginner and the more experienced genealogist the resources, tools and information needed to either start researching their Irish and Scots-Irish roots, or to find their elusive Irish or Scots-Irish ancestors.

Length of module: 7 Hours

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Included in this module are the following lectures:

Irish Land Divisions

Understanding the importance of our land divisions and sense of place to local people in rural Ireland (irrespective of location) are crucial to success in Irish genealogy. This presentation explores the different administrative divisions: e.g. townland, barony, parish, County, Poor Law Union, etc, their origins, how they relate to each other, and their relevance and usage in the historical records.

Griffith' s Valuation and Valuation Revision Books

Land records are an extremely important part of genealogical research in Ireland due to the destruction of the majority of nineteenth-century census records. We will look at Griffith’s Valuation, the first truly comprehensive survey of property in Ireland, which covers the period 1848 to 1864, as well as the subsequent Valuation Revision (or Cancelled) Books

Landed Estate Papers

The documents generated by the management of landed estates are among the most valuable of records for the local and family historian. This talk will look at the background to landed estates in Ireland, before going on to discuss the more useful sources found in estate collections.

The Registry of Deeds

In 1708 the Registry of Deeds was established in Dublin as a repository for all kinds of documents relating to the transfer of title to land, including leases from landlord to tenant. This talk will explain how to maximise your research time in this important, but often overlooked archive.

Church Records in Ireland

This Church Records in Ireland module focusses on four topics central to the subject of Irish church records.

This module is aimed at providing both the beginner and the more experienced genealogist the resources, tools and information needed to either start researching their Irish and Scots-Irish roots, or to find their elusive Irish or Scots-Irish ancestors.

Length of module: 5.5 Hours

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Included in this module are the following lectures:

Church records for use in genealogical research: registers

This session will look at the records available for the main religious denominations in Ireland and how their varied histories have affected the types of records which exist. We will examine baptismal, marriage and burial registers

Church records for use in genealogical research: administrative records

In addition to baptisms, marriages and burials, the material generated by the various religious denominations is considerable and varied. This talk will explore administrative records of the churches in Ireland, highlighting sources of relevance in family history research.

Graveyards and Gravestone Inscriptions

Researchers will be well aware of the value of gravestone inscriptions in their research into the history of their family. This talk will provide an overview of graveyards in Ireland and will highlight the main places to look for recordings of gravestone inscriptions.

An introduction to the religious denominations in Ireland

This talk offers a useful introduction into the history of the different religious denominations on the island of Ireland