Why are Irish records so weird?

John Grenham
Mar 15, 2017
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Welcome
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Speaker's Introduction
2m 38s
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Introduction
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What Was Lost in 1922
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Languages
2m 29s
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Surnames
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So Many of You
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Free Records
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Conclusion
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Announcements/prizes
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Questions/answers
20m 43s

About this webinar

Not all Irish records were destroyed in 1922, but the burning of the Public Record Office in that year did leave an immense gap. As a result, Irish genealogical research has to deal with idiosyncratic, fragmentary and sometimes marginally relevant records in ways that can seem very strange to those used to British, US or Australian sources. In addition, Ireland came late to digitization and has done it unsystematically. To be polite. This talk unravels the ways in which marginal records have become essential for Irish research, and the peculiarities in using them online.

About the speaker

About the speaker

John Grenham came to Irish professional genealogy in 1981, as one of the panel of Irish Genealogical Office researchers and later worked for Hibernian Research. As in-house researcher for the Genealogical Office in 1990-91, he was instrumental in
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