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Tracing Your Ancestors

Tracing Your Ancestors

This booklet can be of incredible assistance to anyone searching for their ancestors if they are from England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Covered in this informative offering are records of birth, death and marriages. Also, census returns, parish registers, non-parochial registers and information on wills is available. Genealogical and Heraldic organizations are listed along with numerous other sources. This information is available through the British Tourist Authority and best of all, they have offices throughout the world including: Argentina, Austrialia, Belgium, Canada, Czech & Slovak Republics, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Chicago and New York City.


For those of you with family connections in the British Isles, one of the most fascinating and rewarding enterprises can be the tracing of your family history or genealogy. The necessary research should be initiated from your home country and the aim of this publication is to provide you with guidance and the names and addresses of the organisations most likely to be able to assist you.

Where and how to start

Before entering into correspondence, or leaving for Britain to trace your ancestors, certain preliminary steps should be taken. It is most important to assemble all the information you can about your emigrant ancestors from relatives, old family records, and local and national archives in your own country. Details of the approximate date of birth, occupation and religion, marriage and births of children if they were born in Great Britain and, above all, clues to the place of origin here should be collected. Every attempt should be made to obtain this latter piece of information since without some idea as to where the emigrant came from only a small percentage of enquirers will have any success with their searches in Britain. Generally, a county will be insufficient: it is necessary to pinpoint your ancestor within a specific locality (town, village or parish).

You may be able to obtain this piece of information by consulting the Naturalization and Passenger Ship List Records in your own country or by using the International Genealogical Index (see page 9). Contrary to general belief there is no regular series of passenger lists of ships leaving Great Britain before the end of the last century although a series from 1820 exists in the National Library of Congress (USA). These, however, do not give the emigrant's place of origin.

Please bear in mind that there is no magic formula for tracing your ancestors! It is great fun, and can lead to a diversity of interests, but successful results can only be achieved by persistence, an element of luck and, inevitably, some expenditure. However, you will meet many interesting people, visit historic places, and probably make lasting friends.

If material relating to your family is already in print, reference to the work in which it appears will be found in either The Genealogist's Guide by G W Marshall (1903; reprinted Baltimore, 1967); A Genealogical Guide by J B Whitmore (1953); or in The Genealogist's Guide by G B Barrow (1977).

Further sources of names being researched world-wide are the Genealogical Research Directory (900+ pages) edited by Keith A Johnson Et Malcolm R Sainty, published annually by the editors (further details from Mrs E Simpson, 2 Stella Grove, Tollerton, Nottingham NG12 4EY; or Mrs J Jennings, 3324 Crail Way, Glendale, CA 91206, USA) and the British Isles Genealogical Register published on microfiche by FFHS (1994). Both these publications should be available overseas.

The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is an association of societies mainly concerned with genealogy and family history. It has member societies in almost every county in the British Isles and across the English-speaking world. Among its member societies are the Society of Genealogists (see page 13), the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (see page 13) and societies dealing with research concerning adherents of various religions (including Jewish, Quaker and Roman Catholic ancestors). A list of member societies, together with a list of publications covering aspects of family history research and the whereabouts of relevant records is available from The Administrator, The Benson Room, Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS in return for three international reply coupons.

The FFHS itself does not keep files of names being researched or copies of specific pedigrees but most of its member societies will have for sale a Directory of Members' Interests (surnames being researched) or will consult their Index of Members' Interests in return for a donation to society funds. Similar indexes of names and copies of pedigrees already researched can sometimes be found in the relevant record office or library.

Most societies offer some or all of the following facilities to members: a journal (the readership of which is world-wide in the majority of cases); the chance to register an interest in a particular name, either via its journal or Directory of Members' Interests; results of project research which may include monumental inscriptions from churchyards and burial grounds; census indexes and marriage indexes.

If the county of origin is known many benefits may be derived from joining a local family history society, the annual subscriptions for which are modest, or the Society of Genealogists. Also visit your nearest Family History Centre of the Genealogical Society of Utah, part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which may hold much relevant material.

It must be emphasised that without a precise location, chances of tracing an ancestor diminish considerably. However, there is some hope: the more uncommon the surname, the easier searches should be, and some idea of the number of people bearing a certain surname and their distribution can be obtained by looking at current British telephone directories (found at most public reference libraries in Britain and some major libraries overseas).

The Guild of One-Name Studies has over one thousand members who are researching particular surnames - in depth; they record every occurrence of that name in a particular area, many of them nationally and internationally. A list of surnames registered can be obtained from the Guild of One Name Studies, Box G, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London ECIM 7BA (please enclose two international reply coupons).

The Association of Family History Societies of Wales may be of particular help to those with Welsh ancestry who experience difficulties arising from the very different language and culture of Wales. Those having difficulty identifying which society in Wales would be best placed to help them should write to: AFHSW, Mrs J Istance, 13 Harold Street, Hereford HRI 2QU. Also read Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research.


Records Available

Having located an ancestor in Britain at a specific date, in which record should he be sought? Following are brief details of the main sources and record repositories - England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

England and Wales

If emigration took place after 1837 and a known birth, marriage or death in the emigrant's family can be located in the records of Civil Registration at St Catherine's House, London, or at a local Register Office (see in telephone directory under Registration of BMD), then the searcher's task will be very much easier. If emigration took place before that date, the emigrant's baptism might be found in the IGI (see page g). If the emigrant was married in England his marriage might be located either in the International Genealogical Index (see page 9) or in Boyd's Marriage Index at the Society of Genealogists (see page 13).

St Catherine's House, London: Births, Marriages, Deaths Certificates of all registered births, marriages and deaths since 1837 are obtainable from the General Register Office, St Catherine's House, 10 Kingsway, London WC2B 6JP. The cost of a certificate if applied for in person at this office is 6. Postal applications should be made to the General Register Office, Smedley Hydro, Southport, Merseyside PR8 2HH. The cost of a certificate is I 5 (Air Mail), 1 3 (Surface Mail), 1 2 if year, quarter, registration district and volume no. from the General Register Office index is supplied. All payments in sterling.

A birth certificate gives date and place where the event occurred, the child's forename(s), normally the name and occupation of the father, the name and maiden surname of the mother with her usual residence if the birth took place elsewhere, and the name and address of the informant for the registration. A marriage certificate gives the names and usually the ages of the contracting parties, their addresses and occupations, the names and occupations of their fathers, the date and place of marriage, and the names of the witnesses. A death certificate records name(s), date, place, age, cause of death, occupation of the deceased, residence if different from the place of death, and the name and address of the informant for registration. It does not show place of birth or parentage. (From 1968 onwards more details appear on the certificate.)

The entries of birth, marriage and death are not filed together and each entry has to be sought separately in indexes. The details on a birth certificate give sufficient information to seek the marriage of the parents, and the entry of marriage usually enables one to search for the births of the two parties. Access is only to the quarterly indexes and no information is available except in the form of a certificate which normally takes at least 48 hours to prepare: if urgent, ask for a priority application at a cost of 20. There are separate indexes to the births, marriages and deaths of British Subjects returned by Consuls abroad (from 1809), in the Army (from 1761), and at sea (from 1837). The public search room is open Monday-Friday 0830-1630. When writing from abroad please enclose three international reply coupons. Microform copies of these indexes are held by some libraries, record offices, Family History Societies and Family History Centres both in Britain and overseas.


Census Returns (Public Record Office)

A census of the population is taken every 10 years; from 1851 onwards the Returns give names, ages, relationships to head of household, occupations and places of birth (1841 does not give place of birth or exact age, and before this date only numerical statistics survive) of people resident at any given address on the night the census was taken. A complete set of microfilms of the Returns 1841-1891 is currently available at the Public Record Office Census Room, Chancery Lane, London WC2A ILR (open Monday-Saturday 0930-1650 - queueing is frequently necessary). A reader's ticket is not required for the Census Room and there is self-production of films. When the Public Record Office closes at Chancery Lane in 1996, a census reading room will remain in central London (its location is not yet determined). Many County Record Offices/Libraries hold sets for their own counties/areas. To aid the location of specific families at known addresses, street indexes are available for most large towns that have a population of over 40,000; and surname indexes (mostly of the IS 5 I census) are being compiled for almost all counties. The 1881 census is currently the centre of a national indexing project, with completion expected by the end of 1996. Surname indexes to many English and Welsh counties are already available. For details contact the Administrator of the FFHS (see page 4). Consult J S W Gibson's Census Returns on Microfilm and Marriage, Census and other Indexes both available from FFHS. Therefore the place and approximate date of birth of any person whose name and address has been obtained from records of civil registration (see below) should be found in these returns, thus leading one to the appropriate Parish Registers for pre- 183 7 information (see next section).


Census Returns (Office of Population, Censuses and Surveys)

In certain circumstances and on payment of a fee (of approximately 20), information may be supplied from the 1901 census. This will comprise only the age and place of birth of a specific named individual at a precise address and the application must be supported by written authorisation from a direct descendant of the person whose details are requested. Applications in such cases should be sent to General Register Office, Office of Population, Censuses and Surveys, 10 Kingsway, London WC2B 6JP. No information can be supplied from census returns after 1901.


Parish Registers

The most valuable source of information before 1837 is the registers of the 14,000 parish churches throughout England and Wales which recorded baptisms, marriages and burials. Some go back as far as 1538 and most are deposited in the appropriate county record office, which may also hold modem copies with indexes. It is advisable to write to the appropriate office (enclosing a self-addressed envelope and three international reply coupons) to ascertain the whereabouts of these records, as some are still held by the church authorities, who are entitled to fees for consultation of the records. It should be remembered that the registers of some parishes are extremely large and it may take several hours to search just a few years. Also at the county record office may be found the Bishops' Transcripts of the parish registers - the yearly copies sent by the parishes to their bishops. The Society of Genealogists has a large collection of parish register copies and has published catalogues of these and copies held elsewhere.


Non-Parochial Registers (Public Record Office)

Many non-parochial registers of baptisms and burials among non-conformist c ongregations before 1837 may be inspected at the Public Record Office (see page 10). Registers not transferred may still be with the congregation, in the appropriate county record office, or at the headquarters of the body concerned. Between 1754 and 1837 the marriages of all non-conformists, other than Quakers and Jews, had to take place in an Anglican (Church of England) Church. Many CR0s/Libraries have microfilms of the Registers for their counties.


International Genealogical Index

The International Genealogical Index, compiled by the Genealogical Society of Utah, contains about 80 million records of baptisms and some marriages (but no burials) from 1538-1875, taken from thousands of British parish registers and the majority of the non-parochial registers at the Public Record Office. It is available for consultation at Family History Centres of the Genealogical Society of Utah, at many municipal libraries and via many FHSs throughout the world, free of charge. The index is not comprehensive but has sufficient coverage of British parishes to give clues to areas of origin, particularly for those who have no indication from overseas records as to where their ancestors came from in Britain.


Marriage Licences

It should be noted that many people were married by licence, which was obtained from the Bishop of the Diocese, his Surrogate, or the Archbishop of the Province. The allegations upon which these licences were granted often give valuable information about the parties.

They are usually deposited in the county record office. Those issued through the Faculty Office and Vicar General of the Archbishop of Canterbury are now in Lambeth Palace Library, London SE I 7JU, and those for the Diocese of London are at the Guildhall Library mentioned on page 12. The majority of those for Yorkshire are held at the Borthwick Institute (see Wills).



Wills can provide the genealogist with a great deal of important information. All those proved in England and Wales since 1858 may be found at the Principal Registry of the Family Division, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 4LB. Before that date wills were for the most part proved in the Archdeaconry, Diocesan or Peculiar Court having jurisdiction over the place where the testator died or held property. If he held property in more than one such jurisdiction, the will was generally proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) or in that of York (PCY). When a man had holdings in two archdeaconries of the same diocese, his will went to the Diocesan Consistory Court. The PCC Wills (1383-1857) are at the Public Record Office and there are printed indexes covering the years 1383-1700 and 17501800. For subsequent years there are manuscript indexes, one per year to 1857. Those for York commence in 1389, are at the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, York YO I 2PW and have indexes printed up to 1688 and manuscript indexes thereafter. The Diocesan Wills will generally be found in the relevant county record office and full details will be found in the Simplified Guide to Probate Jurisdictions by J S W Gibson (4th edition 1994), available from the FFHS (see page 4).


Record Offices and Libraries

Public Record Office, London

The records most frequently consulted by the genealogist and to be found at the Public Record Office are the census returns mentioned previously, the registers and returns relating to members of the Services, the proceedings of the Chancery Court, Inquisitions Post Mortem, Feet of Fines and the Subsidy Rolls and Tax Accounts and Assessments. Full details will be found in the official guide to the contents of 'the Public Record Office. The Colonial Office records may also contain information about emigrants, though relatively few had direct dealings with the Colonial Office or the colonial administration. The Home Office records of convicts transported to Australia are relatively complete, and enable one to locate the court passing sentence. A more detailed leaflet on sources in the public records relating to emigrants is available on request from the PRO. The Public Record Office does not undertake to conduct extended searches on behalf of enquirers. They will, however, provide names of record agents. Photographic copies of the records may be obtained. By the end of 1996 the Public Record Office will be concentrated at Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Surrey TW9 4DU. In the meantime, various classes of records will be out of commission for three weeks each while being moved from the Chancery Lane office. Check in advance whether (and where) the records you require will be available (tel: (0181) 876 3444). Readers' Tickets are issued on arrival but writing in advance for an application form will save time.


County Record Offices

The searcher outside London should get in touch with the appropriate county record office, where more information of value may be found. Record Offices by J S W Gibson (6th edition 1993) contains a full list of record repositories in Britain and lists many other useful addresses. It gives postal addresses, telephone numbers and location sketch maps. In and Around Record Repositories in Great Britain and Ireland compiled by Rosemary Church and Jean Cole, ed.Avril Cross, is more expansive in that it has notes on facilities for the disabled, procedures for document ordering etc. Before making a visit it is advisable to check days and times of opening and whether you need to reserve a seat in advance. Bear in mind that some Record Offices are booked up months in advance.


Guildhall Library

The Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London EC2P 2EJ, has an unrivalled collection of material on London, including the original records and parish registers of most of the City Churches and a large part of the archives of the Diocese of London. It also holds the records of the majority of the Liv@ Companies but some hold their own archives. There is a large collection of printed parish registers, society publications, directories, poll books, long runs of peerages and similar publications, and standard genealogical reference works. There is also an extensive collection of street directories covering not just the London area but the whole country. A Guide to Genealogical Sources in the Guildhall Library is available from the bookshop, price 4 (postage extra).


Genealogical and Heraldic Organisations

The following organisations may be able to assist you:

The College of Arms, London - Genealogy and Heraldry

The College of Arms is the official repository of all heraldry in England and Wales, with supporting genealogies that have been registered over the centuries, principally to establish formal entitlement to existing Coats of Arms. The College also houses extensive unofficial and unpublished genealogical collections and working papers of former Heralds. Present Heralds, building on the experience of their predecessors, continue to undertake genealogical commissions.

Since the early 15th century, the Sovereign has delegated the power to grant new Coats of Arms to the Kings of Arms. Only they may make grants or confirmations of Coats of Arms. Unless Coats of Arms appear in the official register at the College of Arms, they are not authentic. The register consists of approximately 700 volumes and only a very small portion of their contents has ever been published.

The College of Arms is open Monday to Friday from 1000 to 1600 when a Herald (the Officer in Waiting) is available to attend to personal enquiries and telephone calls, Alternatively, enquiries can be made by letter. Statutory fees are charged. Postal address: The Officer in Waiting, College of Arms, Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4BT, tel: (0171) 248 2762, fax: (0171) 248 6448.


Society of Genealogists

The Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA (tel: (0171) 251 8799), has a unique library which is open to the public. The subscription is 21 per annum for overseas members and there is an initial entrance fee of 7.50. All members receive The Genealogists' Magazine published quarterly, but it is 12 per annum to non-members. The society allows non-members to use its valuable library and collections on payment of a search fee (3 per hour, 7.50 for four hours, 10 per day). The library houses a very large collection of transcribed registers (numbering about 9,000), a general index of more than three million names, Boyd's Marriage Index containing seven million entries, and a document collection containing varying amounts of information on about 14,000 families. There are collections for Scotland, Wales and Ireland and on British families abroad, and these contain some unique manuscript material. The Society is open 1000-1800 Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; 1000-2000 Wednesday and Thursday and is closed on Sunday and Monday. Staff are available to give limited assistance to visitors and a brief guide to the library is available. There is an extensive bookshop with mail-order facilities.

The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies 79-82 Northgate, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1BA. Tel: (01227) 768664. The Institute is a charitable educational trust founded to study the history and structure of the family and is engaged in teaching and research. It is investigating applications to other disciplines, such as inheritance of disease. It is constituted to award degrees, and provides a range of examination levels and qualifications. Full and part time, residential, day and correspondence courses are available.

The Institute's premises house a remarkable heraldic and genealogical library, manuscripts, indexes and research guides and unique collections for research in London, Sussex, Kent and Hampshire. The archives also contain material on some 20,000 genealogical cases indexed by surname. A guide to the library, its collections and the cost of searches in the available indexes (not all are open to the public) can be obtained by sending three international reply coupons. Access to the library is by appointment only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1000-1630, on payment of a daily fee (members free of charge).

The searcher should also be aware of the series of county parish maps available for England, Wales and Scotland. The coloured maps show parochial boundaries, probate jurisdictions and dates of commencement of surviving registers. They cost 3 each + 1 postage and packing. An extensive booklist and mail order deliveries are available.


Association of Genealogists and Record Agents

The Association of Genealogists and Record Agents (AGRA) is a professional organisation, founded in 1968, to promote and maintain high standards of conduct and expertise within the spheres of genealogy, heraldry and record searching and to safeguard the interests of members and clients. All researchers agree to comply with the Association's Code of Practice when accepted as members. A list of well-qualified professional researchers throughout the UK can be obtained from the Joint Secretaries, 29 Badgers Close, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 5RU. Please send six international reply coupons to cover cost of the list plus post and packing (2.50 within the UK).



Published Material

A detailed bibliography of printed pedigrees of Scottish families will be found in Margaret Stuart's Scottish Family History (1930). Joan Ferguson's Scottish Family Histories held in Scottish Libraries (1986) and G F Black's Surnames of Scotland (1946) should also be consulted.


Births, Deaths, Marriages and Census Returns

In Scotland, registration of births, deaths and marriages became compulsory in 1855. Before that date some 4,000 old parish registers kept by the Church of Scotland and dating from the 16th century are available for consultation. All the baptismal and marriage entries in these registers have been indexed by county by the Genealogical Society of Utah and are widely available on microfiche. Census records for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, and 1891 may also be consulted for genealogical purposes. A copy of the 1881 census index for Scotland will be available on completion.

All the above records are housed in the General Register Office for Scotland, New Register House, Edinburgh EHI 3TY. Extracts may be obtained by writing to the above address or members of the public may book in advance to carry out a search, both on payment of a fee.


Wills and legal Documents

At the Scottish Record Office in HM Register House, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH 1 3YX, indexes of wills, justiciary records, sasines, deeds, services of heirs and other legal documents may be consulted and copies may be obtained.


Genealogical and Heraldic Organisations

The Court of the Lord Lyon

The Court of the Lord Lyon is the Scottish Court of Chivalry which adjudicates rights to Arms, and the administration of the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland, and the Public Register of All Genealogies and Birthbrieves in Scotland. The latter Register, which was established in 1727, contains various pedigrees and birthbrieves. Both Registers may be consulted on payment of the statutory fees. The records of the Court of the Lord Lyon also include a series of funeral entries, escutcheons and birthbrieves from 1697 onwards. These books contain information on the genealogical connections of various notable families in Scotland.

The staff of the Court of the Lord Lyon do not carry out genealogical research, but the records of Lyon Court can be made available for a fee to genealogical researchers and individuals who should make an appointment before they call at the office if they wish to carry out detailed research.

The office also contains a number of other books and papers and monographs of a genealogical nature which may prove useful to the researcher interested in earlier generations of their family. Enquiries concerning these should, in the first instance, be directed by letter to the Lyon Clerk and Keeper of the Records, Court of the Lord Lyon, HM New Register House, Edinburgh EH1 3YT. Tel: (0131) 556 7255, Fax: (0131) 557 2148.


The Association of Scottish Genealogists and Record Agents

The Association is the organisation for professional Genealogists in Scotland, carrying out ancestry research, searches for living relatives and legal searches. Members also research for Grants of Arms and undertake transcriptions and translations. A list of accredited researchers can be obtained from 5113 Mortonhall Road, Edinburgh EH9 2HN.


Scots Ancestry Research Society

The Scots Ancestry Research Society, 3 Albany Street, Edinburgh EH l 3PY, which is non-profit making, will assist enquirers upon a modest registration fee. Investigation and report costs are additional. The fee charged for tracing one ancestral line does not normally exceed 100 plus VAT.


The Scottish Genealogy Society

This Society issues quarterly and free to members The Scottish Genealogist, which includes genealogical queries. It also publishes pre-1855 county lists of monumental inscriptions and maintains a Register of Members' Interests. A list of searchers can be obtained from the Honorary Secretary, IS Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH I 2JL.


The Scottish Association of Family History Societies

Details from the Honorary Secretary, A J L McLeod, 5113 Mortonhall Road, Edinburgh EH9 2HN.


Recommended Reading

Tracing your Scottish Ancestry by K B Cory (Polygon 1991: 22 George Street, Edinburgh). Scottish Roots: a guide for ancestor-hunters in Scotland and overseas (1984) by Alwyn James. 3.95 plus postage and packing. Available from the publisher: Macdonald Publishers (Edinburgh) Limited, Edgefield Road, Loanhead, Midlothian EH20 9SY or from FFHS. Tracing your Scottish Ancestors: a guide to research in the Scottish Record Office (1990) by Cecil Sinclair. 5.96 plus postage and packaging. Available from HMSO or from FFHS.


Northern Ireland

Published Material

A detailed bibliography of printed pedigrees of Irish families will be found in Brian de Breffny's Bibliography of Irish Family History and Genealogy (1974). Edward MacLysaght's Bibliography of Irish Family History (1982) should also be consulted.


Births, Marriages and Deaths

In Northern Ireland registration of Protestant marriages commenced in April 1845, and of births, deaths and Roman Catholic marriages on 1 January 1864. The original records, before 1922, are held locally or in Dublin. Records since 1922 are centralised at the General Register Office, Oxford House, 49-55 Chichester Street, Belfast BT I 4HF, where an index covering the whole of Northern Ireland is maintained. The central records before 1922 are in the General Register Office, 8-11 Lombard Street East, Dublin 2. But if details are provided of any birth, death or marriage which occurred in Northern Ireland before 1922 the Registrar-General in Belfast will arrange for searches to be made on payment of a fee.


Public Record Office, Belfast

Many old wills were destroyed by a fire in Dublin in 1922, but several thousand copies, notes, and extracts from Ulster wills and other documents, taken before their destruction, are preserved in the Public Record Office for Northern Ireland, 66 Balmoral Avenue, Belfast BT9 6NY. This office also has lists of early rent rolls.


Sources in Dublin

Information about persons in possession of land other than small tenants may be obtained by a search in the Registry of Deeds, Henrietta Street, Dublin. Its records go back to the early 18th century. The Genealogical Office, next door to the National Library and both at 2 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, are other useful sources of information.


Parish Registers

Although many Irish church registers also perished in the 1922 fire, about 200 of those referring to Northern Ireland are still in the custody of the parish clergymen.


Presbyterian Historical Society

Many Presbyterian congregations have deposited their registers with the Presbyterian Historical Society, Church House, Fisherwick Place, Belfast, where they can be readily consulted. Registers not transferred should still be with the congregation.


Ulster Historical Foundation

12 College Square East, Belfast BT1 6DD. Research into ancestry in Ulster can be undertaken. There is a registration fee. Send details of your ancestor's place of origin (preferably the parish or townland, not simply the county), which are as full as possible, and enclose three international reply coupons.


The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI)

clo Genealogical Office, 2 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, will provide a membership list (enclose international reply coupon). It represents most professionals in the Republic and Northern Ireland.


North of Ireland Family History Society

Details of membership from: Department of Education, Queen's University, 69 University Street, Belfast BT7 IHL.


Irish Family History Society

Details of membership from: Honorary Secretary, Noel E French, PO Box 36, NAAS, County Kildare, Eire.

Recommended Reading

Irish Genealogy: A Record Finder (1981) by Donal F Begley. 1 2.5 5 (air mail); I 0. I 5 (surface mail). Tracing your Irish Ancestors by John Grenham. 9.99. (1992 Gill Et MacMillan.) A Introduction to Irish Research by Bill Davis (1992 FFHS). 3.95


All obtainable from The Genealogy Bookshop, 3 Nassau Street, Dublin 2, Ireland or from FFHS.


Isle of Man

The Chief Registrar, General Registry, Finch Road, Douglas, Isle of Man, will make searches in his registers on payment of fees, and details of Wills may be obtained from the Registry of Deeds, General Registry, Douglas, Isle of Man. The Manx Museum Library, Kingswood Grove, Douglas, has a valuable collection of material on the island. A leaflet on tracing Manx ancestry is available from the Isle of Man Tourist Board, 13 Victoria Street, Douglas, Isle of Man.


Channel Islands

The Channel Islands have their own Ecclesiastical Land, Probate and Civil Registers, and there are Registrars at the State's Building, St Helier, Jersey, and at the Greffe, Royal Court House, St Peter Port, Guernsey. The Channel Islands Family History Society, PO Box 507, St Helier, Jersey JE4

5TN and La Societe Guernesiaise (F H Section) PO Box 314, Candie, St Peter Port, Guernsey are members of the Federation of Family History Societies.

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