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An Introduction to Genealogy (Part VII)

Online sources for WWI British Army Servicemen It is a fact, uncomfortable to some, that many more Irishmen fought and died in the British Army than in the Irish Volunteers and IRA between 1914 and 1922. Many joined the British Army to gain access to military training that would later be used against Crown forces... Continue Reading →

An Introduction to Genealogy (part VI)

In the previous five parts we followed a direct line backwards from you to your ancestors in the nineteenth century. We used resources that were national in scope, they covered the entire country and you had every reason to expect to find family members. From here on we are going to start looking at resources... Continue Reading →

On Our Doorstep: St. Jude’s Church, Inchicore.

Today’s “On Our Doorstep” has, as its subject, one building and two locations just outside our borders; A sort of architectural bilocation. Travellers entering Dublin from the west, travelling along St. John’s Road in Kilmainham, will be aware of a church spire protruding behind one of two office blocks (belonging to the Department of Social... Continue Reading →

Armchair Time Travel.

Take a look at our wonderful Historical Map Viewer (link at the bottom of the page). It covers the area of South Dublin County and it allows you to go from the present day back to 1760 using old maps. All the maps have been scanned and layered one on top of the other. Simply... Continue Reading →

An Introduction to Genealogy (Part V)

The Tithe Applotment Books are an important source for genealogical research for the pre-Famine period, given the loss of the 1821-51 Census records. They were compiled between 1823 and 1837 in order to determine the amount which occupiers of agricultural holdings over one acre should pay in tithes to the Church of Ireland. Tithes were... Continue Reading →

On Our Doorstep: Old Rathmichael Church

Rathmichael Churchyard. Photo: David Power Today’s post could more accurately be titled “On The Pale’s Doorstep”, as our destination is located 13km outside the South Dublin County boundary. Today’s destination is the Old Rathmichael Church site. An absolute gem dating back millennia. I first became aware of this location some years ago when it featured... Continue Reading →

An Introduction to Genealogy (Part IV)

Griffith's Valuation - carried out between 1848 and 1864 provides detailed information on where people lived in mid-nineteenth century Ireland and the property they possessed. It was carried out in conjunction with the Ordnance Survey mapping of Ireland, the idea being to map and value all the land and property in the country in order to... Continue Reading →

On Our Doorstep: The Royal Hospital Kilmainham

South Dublin County’s eastern border is located at Stewart’s Hospital in Palmerstown. Continuing past Stewart’s towards the city we come across the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in an elevated position behind the rubble wall that surrounds it. There have been important buildings on this site since AD 606 when an area slightly west of the current... Continue Reading →

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