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Irish Family History Foundation

Welcome to the Irish Family History Foundation - your gateway to discovering all about your Irish ancestry, roots, genealogy and family history from anywhere in Ireland. The Irish Family History Foundation covers the 32 counties of Ireland, North, South, East and West.

On the left hand menu you will find links to the Irish Family History Foundation centre for each county. Some counties have more than one centre.

Through them you can have research carried out on your family history from the millions of genealogical records they have gathered over the years.

The Irish Family History Foundation is the co-ordinating body for a network of government approved genealogical research centres in the Republic of Ireland (Eire) and in Northern Ireland which have computerised tens of millions of Irish ancestral records of different types.

Services Provided

  • Record Searches
  • Family History Reports

For further information visit the Irish Family History Foundation's homepage or the relevant county listed in the side menu.

Tips

Surname Variation/Spelling

Irish surnames were more susceptible to change than others so don't be put off if you discover that your Irish ancestor's surname is different from the way you spell it now.

Ages and Dates etc

Ages and dates of birth given on records and gravestones are often approximate to within ten years either way. In most families a child was born every year or so and the exact birth dates of each were seldom remembered. As the child got older, its precise year of birth was often forgotten, the child grew up without knowing exactly how old he/she was, and his/her age was often underestimated. Once a person was visibly old, his/her age could often be overestimated. Therefore, an age can generally be taken to be correct to within ten years either way. Dates of birth were frequently made up upon coming into contact with the first official who required to record it.

Often 17th March (St. Patrick's Day, or 4th July (Independence Day) were adopted as "birthdays."

Fees

Fees vary from county to county depending on the range of services they have on offer. To find out more click on the relevant county.

You might also like to visit the website for Irish Genealogy Limited.

 

  

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