Irish Records for Family Historians

A two hour presentation on Irish records filled the State Library's auditorium 2 to capacity this morning, proving once again that there are more than a few sons and daughters of Erin in our midst with a passion for tracing their family history.

Senior Family History Librarian Stephanie Ryan covered the range of materials available to researchers including maps, directories, county records, books, indexes, reports and online resources such as Ask about Ireland.

Interesting insights into the historical context of Irish immigration to Australia were provided and key documents were considered such as Griffith's valuation of Ireland 1848-1864 and reports on the potato famine of the 1840s, including the Devon Commission: Report from Her majesty's Commissioners of Inquiry into the State of the Law and Practice in respect of the Occupation of Land in Ireland: with minutes of evidence, supplements, appendices and index, 1845.

The State Library's Family History Unit has a guide titled Resources for Irish history: a select list available onsite and a range of other useful information guides available via the State Library of Queensland's website.

Thanks to Stephanie for her entertaining, informative talk and to all who attended.


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Looks like a very fun time had by all.

Yes, thank you. It was an excellent session.

I have been tryin g for ages to find information on my grandfathers soft drink factory at sandgate I think in Rainbow street Sandgate back in the 1920 or so can you help me with some information. His name was John or Johsep Sykes and he and my grandma lived in second or first avenue. If you could direct me to some historian site I would apprectiae it very much. I have been told that their is a mention in the Sandgate museum but I am unable to get there. Thank you for your time. Cheryl.

Hi CherylThanks for you interest.We will look into this for you and get back to you soon.