Have you ever wanted to find out more about your family's Irish origins and wonder 'how do I trace my family tree in Ireland'? Maybe you have an Irish parent or grandparent who emigrated and you would like to apply for Irish Citizenship? Let us help you find out.
Have you started your research? The first thing to do is make notes of what you know and then what you don't know! Talk to older relatives. One of the most important aspects of genealogy is oral and traditional history. So make that call or visit before it is too late.
We can provide all you will need to assist you with your Irish Family Tree research.
Have a look around our site and when you are ready to come back to us to help guide you on your journey, fill out the assessment form here. We want this to be an enjoyable experience for you where each exciting step takes you closer to your family's origins.
There are so many genealogy resources on-line that it can be very intimidating, deciding where to get reliable, verifiable information. At Hibernia Roots, we provide a "one-stop shop". We tailor each report to suit you. Tell us what you want to find out, how far you want us to go and that is what you will get. We have price ranges to suit all pockets.
Hibernia Roots Genealogy Services was established by Noreen Maher MGSI. Noreen is an experienced qualified Genealogist. She holds a Diploma in Family History (Genealogy) and a Certificate in Oral History. Noreen is also listed as a researcher with the National Archives of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland.
She has written a number of articles in journals and magazines. As well as carrying out research, Noreen runs "Tracing your Irish Ancestors" courses and gives talks to groups and clubs.
Apart from researching her own family tree back to the early 1700's, (Noreen's roots are in Tipperary and Kilkenny and her husband's ancestors were from Carlow, Wicklow, Louth and Dublin) Noreen has carried out research for clients on family members who were involved in the Irish War of Independence, members of the Royal Irish Constabulary, WW1 British Army, involved in the Boer War after emigrating to New Zealand, and ancestors who emigrated to the United States, Canada and New Zealand. So, with her broad experience she is well-equipped to advise you and research on your behalf.
Noreen has seen an increase in demand for her service supporting those who need official certificates and searches to prove their entitlement to apply for Irish Citizenship. She is happy to advise anyone interested in starting the process on the requirements of the Irish Government.
There's an old Irish joke: 'There are two types of people in the world, those who are Irish and those who wish they were'!
There is a growing interest among the Irish diaspora, in proving their Irish heritage and taking it a step further by obtaining an Irish Passport or Irish Citizenship. This has taken on a new meaning with political and economic changes since 2016 especially the after effects of Brexit in the UK.
It is possible if you live outside Ireland and are the child or grandchild of an Irish-born person, to apply on that basis to obtain an Irish passport or Citizenship. It can seem daunting wading through all the requirements and supporting documents needed to be eligible.
Hibernia Roots have been successfully providing a consultancy service where we obtain the civil records needed and talk you through the process. Each case is different so we customise our service and our fees to your individual needs. In some cases we make enquiries on your behalf with the Department of Foreign Affairs if necessary. It is possible to have dual citizenship under Irish law.
Irish Ancestor Research
To start with, it is important to know about Irish civil record-keeping and its connection with our troubled Irish history.
Civil Registration of marriages became compulsory in 1845 for non-Catholic marriages and full registration of all records for Ireland came into being in 1864 which included Roman Catholic births, marriages and deaths. However, it can be said that not every parish kept meticulous records so the availability of records varies from parish to parish.
You may have heard that during the Irish Civil War, in 1922, a fire in the Four Courts in Dublin which housed the Public Records Office, caused an enormous amount of damage and left a gap in records that can never be filled. The majority of the census records from 1821 -1851 perished together with other civil records. Further destruction occurred of census records by government order, for the latter years from 1861 -1891, in error, believing copies had been retained.
This of course makes life difficult for researchers in Ireland but we love a challenge!
Fortunately, the Irish Government made the decision, a few years ago, to make the Census records from 1901 and 1911 available on-line and this is where most people start their search. These can be viewed on http://www.genealogy.nationalarchives.ie/
Apart from census and civil records there are a multitude of other sources such as land records, trade directories, and court records to name but a few. We can save you time and money by trawling through all the resources and sources using our tried and tested methods. Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the assessment form and get started on the road home!
|Initial Assessment||Given a starting point, we can assess your information and if there is sufficient evidence of |
existing records to progress to a report we will then inform you and await your instructions – maximum 3 hours research
|Basic Report||Depending on your instructions, if you provide basic information on one subject, and have had an initial assessment |
carried out, we can provide a basic report of our findings, by email to you
|Family Group Report||We will combine information in chronological order of the subject’s direct ancestors to the earliest available record and |
include land, census, and any other relevant records, by email to you
|Roots and Branches Report||A comprehensive report, this report will include social history references, grave inscriptions and local history events |
if available or appropriate, on CDrom or bound book format
|Investigating and sourcing relevant ancestors’ record as supporting documentation for application,|
including checklists and advice
|More details on request|
|Printed Family |
Tree Chart only
|Family Tree Chart printed on good quality paper||From €20|
|Family history upload |
and storage on free
genealogy sites or any
site you subscribe to
|Service includes creation of a family file on suitable software programme/site and maintaining|
updates including backups. Ask for more details on what this entails.
|More details on request|
|Talks and Workshops||We can tailor a talk or workshop course to suit the group’s requirements and include |
handouts for participants. More details on request.
|More details on request|
|‘Brick Wall’ Consultation||If you have been conducting your own research but have hit a ‘brick wall’, a brief appraisal of your |
research will be conducted and suggestions made for progressing to the next level.
|€50 initial consultation – |
with email follow-
up on next step.
If you instruct us to progress,
further charges will apply in
advance as per Report charges.
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We offer a free initial assessment so that we can identify whether there is sufficient information to proceed with research resulting in a report. Before we can go ahead on your behalf, we will need some basic information. Let us know what you would like us to find for you.