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Re: trying to trace my roots
Posted by: Ralph Connors (ID *****9163) Date: April 30, 2009 at 13:12:02
In Reply to: trying to trace my roots by Karen McGilligan of 13

Hi Karen:

I research the Irish Family History Foundation's database. It contains 12,000,000 surviving rcds for abt 65% of Irish counties. Rcds are increasingly sparse B4 1840, rare B4 1800.

Note 1 - Without a KNOWN county, the chance of an ancestor's rcds NOT being in this database is AT LEAST 35%.

Note 2 - Only 1/2 of Co. Cork's rcds are in this database.

Note 3 - The RC church kept control over most parish rcds from Tipperary (north). These are ONLY available thru the Tipperary Family History Research center at a substantial fee (regardless of outcome).

Co. Derry rcds aren't in the database yet. Suggest you wait until they are. This may take some time; be patient.

Google the Foundation's name to lead you to this database. Register, opt to be notified as rcds are added and browse. Pls post your search results to my genforum msg.

Hope this helps. Good luck.


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