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Tom Coughlan Genealogy Research

 

Research

Genealogical research can undertake many forms, among many sources. It is probably fair to say that for most projects, the main sources of information will be some or all of:

  • The 1901 and 1911 Censuses of Ireland

  • The Civil Register of Births,and Deaths, covering the years from 1864 to the present, and of Marriages, covering from 1845 (non-Catholic marriages) or 1864 (Catholic marriages) to the present

  • Parish Registers of Baptisms, Burials and Deaths, covering years prior to Civil Registration.

There are numerous other sources that can and usually have to be consulted: Wills, Memorials, Newspapers, Deeds and Estate Records are broad categories that cover most of these sources.

Many key records are now available online, though frequently either in unreliable transcription format, or with sometimes questionable indexes. When conducting research, we use a combination of all known resources, focussing on seeing the original (or digitised or filmed) versions of the records to arrive at our conclusions.

Our experience, and our training, has taught us what to trust, what not to trust, and where to look for reliable information.

We have inspected Parish Registers from the 1700s onwards, Land and Estate Records from the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries, GRO (Civil Registers) from all eras, and even manuscript pedigrees from the early 18th Century.

We have visited graveyards in several parts of the country, local archives in Tipperary, Longford, Leitrim, Wicklow and Dublin, and all the major Irish repositories in Dublin and Belfast.

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