Looking at a microfiche of a Irish Diocesan record, am I looking at Latin, Gaelic or english?

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asked in Genealogy Help by Phil Golden G2G Rookie (250 points)
retagged by Maggie N.
I have looked at many and never seen a one in Gaelic. If you can't tell what it is, my guess would be Latin. Church of Ireland started going mostly with English by the late 1600s though.

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Having looked at Catholic Church records from several countries (including some where two languages were spoken) in widely different time periods, I would say any of these are possible. Older catholic records are more likely to be in Latin, as that was the language of the church. Sometimes, part could be in Latin, and part could be the language spoken in the area.

A definitive answer could be provided if you posted an image of one of the records.
answered by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (154k points)
selected by Andrew Ross
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Catholic or Protestant? Catholic was probably Latin.
answered by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (189k points)

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