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There has been a great deal of destruction of the major Irish genealogical record sources. A fire in the Public Record Office in Dublin in 1922 destroyed many records. Additional records were destroyed by the government.

The following records have been destroyed:

  • Two-thirds of The Church of Ireland original Ireland Church Records parish registers.
  • Most pre-1900 Ireland Probate Records.
  • Marriage bonds and allegation.
  • Census returns for 1813, 1821, 1831/4, 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, and 1891.
  • Coupled with government oppression of the Roman Catholic Church record keeping practices, this loss has resulted in only one in seven, 14%, pre-1800 churches still having parish registers available.


Substitute Records[edit | edit source]

Although many records were lost in the 1922 fire, other records can be used to supplement the information lost.

  • Betham Genealogical Abstracts - abstracts of genealogical records collected by Sir William Betham. Useful substitute to records lost in the 1922 Public Record Office fire in Dublin.
  • Crossle Genealogical Abstracts - abstracts of genealogical records collected by Dr. Francis Crossle
  • Thrift Genealogical Abstracts - abstracts of genealogical records collected by Gertrude Thrift. Records include wills, parish registers, freeman lists, and pedigree charts. Records date as far back as the 16th century.