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Jonathan Swift and genealogy

In honour of the fifth Swift Satire Festival, Eneclann’s Helen Moss offers her perspective on what Jonathan Swift might have made of genealogy and discusses his own much talked about family history: Quite what Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) the writer and … Continue reading

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The Quagmire of Administrative Districts

Successful research hinges on being able to access records that are relevant to your ancestors.   But there are no such things as purely ‘genealogical’ records, with a few notable exceptions (In Ireland we have the Gaelic genealogies, and from the … Continue reading

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My Ancestor Was A … Clergyman

Should your ancestor have been a clergyman, the following sources will get you started in tracing further information on these family members: Roman Catholic The Irish Catholic Directory, which is printed annually from 1837 Eneclann have published A Complete Catholic … Continue reading

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My Ancestor Was A … Policeman

According to Kenny’s Manufacturers’ Directory there were 11,643 people making up the police force in Ireland in 1911.   To locate your ancestor’s RIC service record, first search Jim Herlihy’s The Royal Irish constabulary: a complete alphabetical list of officers and … Continue reading

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My Ancestor Was A … Student

In this research tip on occupations Eneclann’s Research Manager, Elizabeth Cuddy, explains how to find your student ancestors if they boarded in college in the 1901 and 1911 censuses, before we take a look at what student records are available … Continue reading

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My Ancestor Was A … Teacher

For anyone whose ancestor was a teacher, there are number of records available in the National Archives of Ireland.  Deposited records date from 1832 and consist mainly of records of the Commissioners of National Education. The National Education records include: Applications … Continue reading

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Researching your Farming Ancestors

Often the occupations of farmer and labourer were interchangeable, so don’t be confused by your ancestor being called one occupation in the Census and the other in a birth, marriage or death certificate – it’s generally still the same person.  … Continue reading

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Finding your ancestors in the 1901 and 1911 censuses

Eneclann genealogists Elizabeth Cuddy and Helen Moss explain some of their ‘insider secrets’ for getting the most information about an ancestor from the 1901 and 1911 censuses. • The 1911 Census will tell you the number of years a woman … Continue reading

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