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Genealogy guru Rick Crume is a long-time contributing writer for Family Tree Magazine.
At next week’s Fall Virtual Conference, he breaks free from his written word wheel
house and brings you two interactive video presentations: “Using UK Civil Registrations”
and “Tracing Irish Ancestors in Griffith’s Valuation.” No matter where over the pond
your family hails from, the resources exist to dig out their stories. In this guest
post, Rick gives a brief synopsis of his search-stimulating sessions:
If you have ancestors who emigrated from the British Isles in the nineteenth century,
free online indexes are the perfect way to start tracing them. English and Welsh governments
began recording births, marriages and deaths in 1837, but until recently, researchers
had to physically visit Great Britain or spend hours scrolling through microfilm to
thoroughly search the indexes. Now they’re available for free on several websites.
By finding your ancestor’s name in an index before requesting a copy of a birth, marriage
or death certificate, you’ll get faster service, as well as ensure that the record
you are requesting is for the right person.
Before beginning research on family history anywhere in Europe, it’s often important
to first identify the specific place where your ancestors lived. While many Irish
records have been lost over the years, a tax survey conducted across Ireland between
1848 and 1864 survives. This can now be used to help locate your ancestors’ exact
parish of residence. Armed with that information, you can then pursue other Irish
records for information on your family.
Join me next week for two courses: “Using UK Civil Registrations” and “Tracing
Irish Ancestors in Griffith’s Valuation.” You’ll learn where to find the best free
online indexes to these resources, tips for searching them effectively and how to
use them as springboards to assist with future record finding.
Time is running out! Register now for the Fall
Virtual Conference and save $20 with coupon code FRIENDSOFRICK.