1. House’ Irish census records
  2. ‘The 1922 Fire

What is it that makes Irish family history research so challenging?

What is it that makes Irish household history research so challenging?

Located on the north bank of the River Liffey, Dublin’s 4 Courts building opened in 1802 and initially held the four courts of Chancery, King’s Bench, Exchequer and Typical Pleas.

The Four Courts Building, reflecting in the River Liffey, Dublin. The Public Records Workplace was within the 4 Courts structures complicated next to the River Liffey, Dublin.< img src="https://www.irish-genealogy-toolkit.com/images/xfourcourtsDublinlandscape.jpg.pagespeed.ic.tzGaSlJueO.jpg" width="410"/ > By the early 20th century, the 4 courts had actually been changed however the name kept, and the west wing of the building was being utilized as the Public Records Office(PRO ). The PRO housed many genealogical treasures including Irish census returns, originals wills dating to the 16th century, and more than 1,000 Church of Ireland parish signs up filled with baptism, marital relationship and burial records.

Unfortunately, nearly all were lost during the Irish Civil War on 30 June 1922 when, after a two-day bombardment, an explosion and fire damaged the building.As well as destroying numerous irreplaceable genealogical records in the Public Records Office, the interior of the 4 Courts was seriously damaged and the central dome collapsed.The buildings have actually considering that been brought back and the 4 Courts rests on the River Liffey as one of the architectural gems of Dublin. The well-known fire You will hear and read much about this fire at the PRO

in the course of your genealogy

research. Too often, it is pointed out alongside a claim that ‘ALL’Ireland’s records were lost and

, as a result, ‘tracing your Irish ancestors is an impossibility ‘.(I wish I had a Euro for every single time I’ve experienced this tale– I ‘d be exceedingly rich!)It merely isn’t real. Obviously it was a disastrous occasion.

There is no rejecting that. But while the loss of so many valuable records certainly makes Irish household history difficult, the term’impossible’is entirely misleading. Some important records were nowhere near the flames. What made it through What was lost? Apart from a couple of pieces,

the Irish Censuses of

1821, 1831, 1841, and 1851 were burned in the general public Records Office. So, too, were simply over half of all the Anglican Church of Ireland signs up deposited there following the dis-establishment of the state church in 1869. In addition, the majority of wills and testamentary records that had been proved in Ireland were minimized to ashes(although records of lots of testamentary records make it through). All pre-1900 files from the legal courts were lost, as were city government records for the very same period.

Here’s a quick rundown of the primary record collections used by Irish genealogy scientists that either endured the fire

or were no place near the flames … The 1901 and 1911 Irish census returns make it through. So do all civil registration records. So do almost half of all Church of Ireland parish signs up(lots of clergymen had actually just not sent their registers

  • to Dublin ). Baptism, marital relationship and burial
  • records for Roman Catholics, Presbyterians and Methodists were not housed at the general public Records Office Griffiths Assessment– the primary source of land and property records for the middle of the 19th century is intact. Indexes to wills and probate bonds endure. So do a great number of local muster rolls, poll tax lists and other records dating back to the extremely early 1600s. … I could go on! What was lost? Apart from a couple of fragments, the Irish Censuses of
  • 1821, 1831, 1841, and 1851 were burned in the general public Records Workplace. So, too, were just over half of all the Anglican Church of Ireland signs up transferred there following the dis-establishment of the state church in 1869. In addition, most of wills and testamentary records that had been proved in Ireland were lowered to ashes(although records of numerous testamentary records make it through ).
  • All pre-1900 documents from the legal courts were lost, as were local government records for the exact same duration. So where does this leave you? If you’ve gone through the above, you’ll know that a big piece of early Irish genealogical records was lost in the 1922 fire at the general public Records Workplace. You’ll likewise know that a lot of household history records make it through, and the majority of people– most– can bridge the lost 19th-century censuses to discover at least something about their

    ancestors in Ireland if they have

    an affordable concept of where they lived. Those hit hardest by the damage of the PRO are those researchers came down from Church of Ireland families(never ever more than 25%of the island’s population )and those whose ancestors were rich adequate to make wills( once again, a reasonably small proportion). I can’t assure that Irish household history beyond these groups is easy peasy. Never mind ‘THE 1922 FIRE THAT BURNED ALL THE RECORDS’, there are

    even more record collections that do not make it through in their entirety for entirely various factors! But depending upon where (in time, as much as in location )your research begins, you have a fair chance of discovering some part of your Irish heritage. Where next? More about the surviving 19th-and 20th-century Irish census You may also like to view listed below the brief 1925 movie of the 4 Courts in flames and the restoration work that followed.