Breaking Down Brick Walls – Aspects of Irish Family History

picture1I am pleased to be invited to speak to the Ballarat & District Genealogical Society for the Irish Ancestry Group on “Aspects of Irish Family History” this Saturday 9 October and am looking forward to travelling up for the day.

My presentation on breaking down brick walls will include reference to the following online resources:

Geneabloggers (A resource for blogging, telling and sharing family stories)

Trove (for research in Australia before your Ireland research)

Irish Anzacs Database

Irish Census Indexes and records (links)

Census Finder (links)

Ireland Census Search (FamilySearch)

National Archives of Ireland

Cyndislist (Gateway to genealogy websites on the internet)

Coraweb (Australian gateway to genealogy websites on the internet)

Family Search Wiki

Family Search

A Primer in Irish Genealogy

Irish Genealogy Toolkit

Genealogy Links

70 resources finding Irish ancestors

Irish Famine Memorial

Ireland Gen Web

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

From Ireland

Find My Past full list of Irish Family History Records

British Newspapers Archive (Subscription website)

Ask about Ireland (Public Libraries directory)

Earl Grey’s Famine Orphans

Clare-Australasia Emigrants Dataset


A visit to Ballarat also avails the opportunity to visit the  The MADE Museum new exhibition: The Roses from the heart Memorial.  A memorial to female convicts exiled to Australia.  This has been an ongoing project since 2003 to create bonnets to remember the lives of over 26,500 women.  This exhibition should be of interest to many family history researchers and crafters who may or may not have convicts in their ancestry.




About infolass

Local and Family History Librarian, Yarra Plenty Regional Library, Melbourne, Australia
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