Learn how to trace genealogical lineage
The Diploma in Family History will assist students to develop the skills necessary to utilise the resources available to trace genealogical lineage using online search records as well as resources in historical libraries and archives. Students will investigate death certificates, wills census records, birth certificates and other primary records to teach students to identify ancestors in building their family tree.
Each session of discussion of online sources and strategies is followed by hands-on practice in the classroom. All participants receive a free year’s subscription to the Irish Ancestors site at www.johngrenham.com
1: Introduction & Expectations, Surnames & Placenames
The expectations and misconceptions surrounding Irish genealogy are discussed and debunked. Surnames and place names are the raw material of genealogy and are especially tricky in Ireland. Tools for handling them are introduced
2: The General Register Office
All Irish births, deaths and marriages were registered by the state from 1864. How the system works and how to research these records.
3: Irish Census Records
The history of census-taking in Ireland. Research strategies for the earliest complete census records, 1901 and 1911, and for surviving earlier fragments.
4: Irish Church Records
Irish church records, their importance, locations and nature. Years covered, locations and research strategies for the records of the major denominations.
5: Irish Property Records
Only two country-wide 19th-century census substitutes exist, Griffith’s Valuation and the Tithe Books. Here they are examined them in detail and research approaches are outlined.
6: Revision of Major Sources
How the four main record-sources already examined interact with each other and how each can be used to find out more in the others.
7: Census Substitutes
The lack of early censuses makes anything with a name on it potentially relevant for Irish research. Samples of the best-known are introduced and examined.
8: Other Useful Records 1
Apart from the four universally useful sources, there are many other potentially helpful records, generally relating to property. This session treats occupational records, directories, newspapers and wills.
9: Other Useful Records 2
Covering the Registry of Deeds, the Genealogical Office, graveyard records and records of the Irish Abroad
10. Bringing it all together
The mechanics of designing, pursuing and recording a family history project. Online subscriptions and online tree-sharing.
Much of the course will be conducted in a workshop atmosphere with students being asked to prepare material for discussion in advance. A fully qualified genealogist will be in attendance for a one-hour session each week to offer detailed, personalized expert advice.
(€1,095 if paying in instalments)
Online course: €895
(€995 if paying in instalments)
Non-EU students: Call +353 1 4160034
John is very knowledgeable, both in his chosen field and in general. He is very easy to listen to and understand, and has a very pleasant manner. The whole process has been very easy for me, both to join and to participate in class. Any contact I have had with the staff, I have found them to be very helpful and pleasant.
John is a superb lecturer! So knowledgeable. And the streaming online and recording of the course is a wonderful resource.
I very much enjoyed the coursework, chatting with the other participants and, of course, meeting John Grenham. I would certainly recommend City Collages to family and friends.
Excellent presentation! Access to the online material is very helpful.
Why City Colleges?
- Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
- Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
- City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
- Southside Dublin location in Dundrum
- Study rooms and library in our City Centre location
- Limited class size