How can I find records of my GGGF in Ireland where he was born?

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Family report and records show my double-great grandfather born in County Fermanagh N. Ireland in 1796 or 1797.  He emigrated to Virginia, and I've found quite a bit of documentation of him there but nothing in Ireland.  I've read there was a fire in Dublin in 1922 which destroyed a lot of records.  Is there any other way to find records of him?  We have his name as John P. Johnston, born 1796 or 1797, Wikitree ID Johnston-6076.
WikiTree profile: John P. Johnston
in Genealogy Help by Lynn Johnston G2G1 (1.6k points)
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Have you looked in FamilySearch.org? There are fair amount of Irish records there. A list of websites for Ireland can be found on Cyndis List at http://cyndislist.com/uk/irl/ . Some are pay sites, others are free.

by Rosemary Jones G2G6 Pilot (232k points)
selected by Sharon Centanne
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Hi Lynn,  Welcome to WikiTree.    We have an  Irish Roots Project you may be interested in joining.   It has lots of tips for researching Irish ancestors.
by Maria Maxwell G2G6 Pilot (160k points)
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Hello Lynn,

You are correct that a fire destroyed a lot of records held in Ireland, however that is not the only reason people can't find records that they are looking for in Ireland. Most modern records were/are written in English, however older records were written in Latin and do not show as a result when you are searching records using the anglicized version of names. This is a fault with the search engines or the way the records have been catalogued/digitized. The only way around this at the moment that I am aware of is to enter the name you are looking for in its Latin form, it may be that just the forename was Latinised. To help you here is a link to a list of Latin version of the english forename glossary http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/images/Latin%20Forenames%203.pdf

All the best

Billy

 

by Billy Wallace G2G6 Pilot (211k points)
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The real problem is that there were no official Birth Marriage or Death records pre 1864. Any Irish records before 1864 are usually Parish Records.
by Valerie Kerr G2G6 Mach 1 (12.3k points)

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