How FamilySearch Opens Doors for UK and Ireland Research

September 4, 2019  - by 

Our goal at FamilySearch is to help you discover your family and, in turn, discover a bit about yourself. Our website provides many resources to help you achieve this goal, including wiki pages on both Ireland Genealogy and United Kingdom Genealogy. Both pages offer information and other aids that you can use to navigate research for these areas.

If you get stuck, FamilySearch Community research groups let people ask for help and research advice. FamilySearch has community research groups for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and many more.

Several other tools are available to help you get the most out of FamilySearch’s resources. By learning about them, you can take your family history research to the next level.

Start by signing up for a free account. Once you have signed into the website, you will be brought to the main page. There’s a lot to look at here, but we’ll start with the little link in top right corner called Help.

This Help tab offers multiple features that you can refer to whenever you find yourself getting stuck.

  • What can we help you with? This search box makes it easy to do a quick search of articles and videos that give pointers on navigating Family Tree and similar topics.
  • Help Center takes you to a page where you can search help resources or browse them by topic.
  • Getting Started does what its name implies. Come here for research tips and local help to get started in your research.
  • Contact Us offers a variety of ways to reach FamilySearch support.
  • Learning Center brings you directly to videos and lessons on doing genealogy.
  • Community offers opportunities to collaborate with others who have similar interests and challenges in doing their family history. Many groups are created around specific subjects, which could be helpful in your research.
  • My Cases is where to go if you have previously contacted FamilySearch support and want to view the details of your case.
  • Research Wiki is an enormous resource that provides information about different areas of the world, including the British Isles. The wiki is also a good place to go to learn about record types, archives, societies, online communities, and other research tools. 
  • What’s New lists current updates to the website.

And that’s only the Help tab. You can also look at many other resources.

Guided Research helps you track down specific records by finding matching collections. The search is based on locality, and the results include websites even outside of

Family History Center Locations. Visiting a local family history center gives you access to records that are not always available from your home, and our volunteers are always willing to give one-on-one help.

A map of Family History centers around the world.

Catalog. You can search our online catalog of genealogical materials by locality. These materials include books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications. What is not available online can be found in libraries and family history centers worldwide.

Historical Records. Discover your ancestors in the many published collections of images and searchable records for the United Kingdom, Ireland, and many other areas of the world.

FamilySearch Maps reveal the various levels of jurisdictions in each county in 1851 England. These include parishes, registration districts (after 1834), probate courts, an ordinance-survey map base, and more.

Indexing. Join our team of thousands of volunteer indexers! You can be a part of making even more records searchable and gain more understanding of historical records along the way.

Family history research can be a challenge, but we believe that discovering the story of your ancestors—and of yourself—is well worth the effort. We hope these resources give you a place to start tracing your ancestors.

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  1. Son herramientas variadas, interesantes,y fáciles de desarrollar. Son nuevos elementos para hacer crecer nuestro árbol. Gracias!

    Translation: They are varied, interesting, and easy to develop tools. They are new elements to grow our tree. Thank you!

  2. I appreciate all you have put up and look forward to additional records from Ireland. I hope you will be able to obtain or index, if you already have the microfilms, the rest of the civil birth, marriage and death records for Ireland.
    Could I suggest that adding the townland as part of the birth index would be extremely useful in differentiating families with the same name. Also, the father’s occupation, or mother’s if no father is listed.
    As fields in the index for marriage, we need the father of groom and the father of the bride. If they are in the index, we can search on them as we try to connect the nuclear families we can create with the existing indices. Without them being part of the actual index, I might need to open and examine hundreds or thousands of records to locate the relatives.
    Place names included in the index for marriages and occupation of bride and groom would also be extremely useful. That way they could be used in a search and also added as the record is attached.
    Also, as you index, please be careful with the place names. Many of the existing records have place names in the wrong counties. I believe the indexer just chose the first one that matched with a city or registration district. But many of these names exist in multiple places within Ireland.
    Because of the loss of so many Irish records in the Four Courts fire, we have to make the records that remain do double duty.
    Again, thank you for all you provide. I have created hundreds of nuclear families with them. With more records and more complete indices, I hope to begin to tie them together.