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Very poor coverage of Irelans/N Ireland

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Jimbo70 Report 7 Feb 2015 12:11

Sorry people (Genes R) but I find it extremely difficult to get information of Irish and even Scottish ancestors do you have a problem covering these locations? Just got your news sheet about tracing marriages so tried my own marriage in Scotland (1966) then the marriages of my parents (1937) and grandparents as a test case but got 'no results' in all of them. Have had to resort to using Ancestry - they are only a bit better.
Am I not looking in the right place? :-(


nameslessone Report 7 Feb 2015 14:33

Hi jimbo

Firstly you've posted on the wrong board ( try Geneaologyy Chat) as this is for making suggestions TO Genes, and this is probably why you've had to wait for a reply.

Secondly - you are right - you're not looking in the right place. for Scottish Ancestors you need to look at Scotlands People. You can download certificates for a lot less than we can get in England. Ireland is different. There are no Irish census before 1901. Records are beginning to be made available, try looking at, it's free. Also try

Lastly there are some Irish research threads on Genealogy Chat.

Good Luck


SylviaInCanada Report 7 Feb 2015 17:54

there is NO general genealogy site that offers good coverage of Scottish and Irish genealogy ......... despite what the advertising says.

Scotland's People is the site for Scottish genealogy ........... that is a subscription site

Irish genealogy is difficult not only because of the fact that there were no censuses before 1901 but because so many records were destroyed at various stages in the history.

Google, and you may find some sites ................... or go to Genealogy Chat and look at the Irish Research threads where some people are offering help ................. most of those threads are stickied at the top of the Board


Margaret Report 27 Apr 2015 04:29

For Scottish Records you need to go to "Scotland's People"
For Irish records you can try Roots Ireland ie. for nearly all Ireland or Ulster Historical Foundation for Counties Antrim & down.
Online records for Ireland are usually only up to 1920 at the most but mainly only up to 1900.
If you can find a Family History Centre near you run by the Church of Latter Day Saints Mormans) you can look up the indexes for yourself up to 1955.


SylviaInCanada Report 27 Apr 2015 17:57

I don't think Jimbo70 has ever looked back at this ............... so he won't know all the good information he has been given