Irish Roots - Helpful Links to External Resources

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Calling out members of the Irish Roots project:

We have just created a new free space page containing useful external links for conducting Irish genealogical research:

If you are a member of the Irish Roots project and have had some great experiences with online databases, then please share those links by posting them to that page.

A lot of new Irish material has come on to the internet in the last couple of years and much of it is free to search - so definitely check out these links in case there is something there you have not seen before.
asked in The Tree House by Leigh Murrin G2G6 Mach 2 (28.1k points)
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My father's grandfather came from Mayo, how would I be able to trace his line back?
I have ancestry from Dromore in Northern Ireland hopefully I can find information on two ancestors
Roger, you should definitely try searching for your grandfather using the Irish Civil Registration Indexes if you know for sure he was born in Mayo: you can find them here https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/civil-search.jsp.   

Do you have a year of birth for your grandfather?  That will help a lot in narrowing down the possibilities.  It is possible to narrow down the results to registration offices:  the locations for Mayo you can find on this website:  http://www.irish-genealogy-toolkit.com/Ireland-civil-registration.html

I also really recommend searching for surname variants.  I have found on many occasions that spelling of a surname is often different across different records for the same person.  The registrars typically just used the spelling they knew, especially if the informants were not literate.

I hope this helps - these records are free so definitely give them a try
Hi Louis, same answer I gave to Roger would work for you.  There are many locations in Ireland that go by the name Dromore, at least three in each of Tyrone, Fermanagh and Down.   I would suggest you search for the surnames you are interested in against the civil registry offices for the relevant places in Northern Ireland.   

Another useful site I have discovered is this one:  http://www.swilson.info/db/townlanddbs.php

If you type in the name of the townland, it automatically generates a list of every place in Ireland by that name and, crucially, the poor law union (which usually corresponds to the civil registration office) for that place.  

Good luck with your searches!
Thanks. The records is from Dromore in Down I have everything for him I believe he's my 4th grandfather

George Patterson was born in Dromore Down Ireland June 25 , 1798 and he married a Susanna Drake in 1822, She was born March 6 1799

George Patterson passed away December 27 1873 , Susanna Drake passed away February 9 1867

The Patterson side kept a lot of information, after checking Susan Drake apparently was born in County Kerry

George did marry someone with last name Robertson after moving to Canada. I believe they settled in Halton Region in Ontario, Canada.

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Oh this is very nice, Leigh ! A great resource list. Thanks.
answered by Maggie N. G2G6 Pilot (582k points)
Thank you Maggie :-)  I cannot claim credit for all of it but I think it is good to have these links all in one place

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