The townland, often with different and inconsistent spellings, is unique to Ireland and is a key feature of helping to tie down where your Irish ancestor came from. To confuse matters there are often townlands of the same name in different parts of the country, sometimes even in the same county. How do you know you have the right one and what does the name mean? There are civil parishes and ecclesiastical parishes, both Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic. What's the difference and how do you know how to identify them and pinpoint their location? Different record sets used different land administrative divisions that include Townlands, Parishes, Baronies, Poor Law Unions and District Electoral Divisions. Understanding these administrative divisions is essential for your Irish ancestor research.
Natalie is a full-time professional genealogist, educator and tour guide and am a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). A native of County Antrim, her company Roots Revealed is based in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the University of Strathclyde having built upon many years of Irish family history research experience. She undertakes Irish ancestry research throughout Ireland, specialising in Northern Ireland and Ulster. Her clients include individuals from the Irish diaspora as well as locals, small businesses, community organisations and large corporate organisations with a wide spectrum of ancestral, family history and historical research projects undertaken for them. Natalie is also a qualified tour guide who provides walking tours, historical tours and specialises in bespoke ancestral heritage tours that enable clients to walk in the footsteps of their ancestors, moving off the beaten track and having a unique experience during their visit. www.rootsrevealed.co.uk