Those who have been involved in tracing their Irish ancestry are aware of the challenge of record loss during the fire at the Four Courts Building in 1922. The good news is that there are still many Irish records which survived. The challenge is to locate them! Depending on the type of record, they were kept—and indexed—using different geographical divisions. It is vital to know specifically where the ancestral family was from in order to locate them in documents of interest. Finding Irish Records: Know Your Geographical Divisions The smallest division in Ireland is the townland, roughly equivalent to a neighborhood in the United States. This is the most ancient land division and is often named for local landmarks like lakes, mountains, or man-made structures like churches or monuments. Townlands generally range in size from several acres to hundreds of acres or more, especially in mountainous areas. Within cities, they are often a section of a street. Whether in the town or country, …Read more
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Legacy Tree Genealogists works with researchers from across the globe to access records for our clients. We asked one of our onsite researchers in France to share insights into the resources available for those researching French genealogy and family history. France has a wonderful, rich heritage, not only regarding the nation’s political and cultural history, but also in family history records. Thanks to careful archival preservation, the documents available are well documented and organized. As genealogical research moves into the technological world, many repositories have been placing the documents online, especially the civil and parish registers which are the foundation for researching our ancestors. Although this provides a wonderful opportunity to research our French ancestors’ records in the comfort of our own homes, there are still many other documents available offline in archives that may be necessary for us to know which direction to go online. Town/City Halls …Read more
One of the great things about Legacy Tree is that we have onsite researchers all over the globe. We have had several clients with Spanish ancestors, and to research these projects we have gone onsite in Spain. Let me share with you some of the wonderful things about Spanish records and archives that may help you as you research your Spanish genealogy and family history. Organization of Spanish Records As is the case with most genealogical records, Spanish records are organized by geographical locations, dates, and surnames. Spain is divided into 50 provinces and each province belongs to either one of the 17 autonomous communities, one of the 2 autonomous cities (Ceuta and Melilla), or one of the 3 autonomous islands (Islas Chafarinas, Penon de Alhucemas, and Penon de Velez de la Gomera). To determine the political jurisdiction for the town and province where your ancestors lived you should consult a Gazetteer of Spain. Using Civil Registration Records for Spanish Genealogy …Read more
Legacy Tree Genealogists works with researchers from across the globe to access records for our clients. We asked one of our onsite researchers in Latvia to share his experiences researching at the Latvian State Historical Archives. The Latvian State Historical Archive (Latvijas Valsts vēstures arhīva, Slokas iela 16, Zemgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, Latvia) is the largest archive in the Baltic States. In the 7,500 fonds (record groups), more than 6 million documents are stored, covering the period of 1220 to 1945. In comparison to the neighboring countries of Estonia and Lithuania, the Latvian State Historical Archive has digitally published the least amount of material in this category. The database of the Central Fond Register (record groups), searchable only in Latvian, does not contain a complete list of the holdings within the State Archive of Latvia, Latvia State Historical Archive and Regional State Archives. Because a large portion of the archival inventories have not …Read more