"Main Dishes" - Irish Church & Civil Records
Life in Ireland over the last 400 years or so has generated a fair amount of paperwork, recording the significant milestones in our ancestors' lives. The Established Church was firstly responsible for this task, creating parish and diocesan records. The emergence of the state in the Victorian era saw this responsibility shift to new civil institutions. My diagram below tries to show this as a timeline to give you a clear picture of the key time periods that you need to be aware of for Irish family history.
Click on any of the links below to go to a page for each type of church or civil record, where you will find more information about what it is and where to access collections;