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With so few census records surviving for 19th century Ireland, it is essential that anyone interested in tracing their Irish roots use what are known as census substitutes. As well as some really high profile land records like Griffith’s Valuation, Irish directories and almanacs make great replacements for the destroyed records.

On Findmypast, you’ll uncover the most comprehensive collection of early Irish directories and social history records anywhere online. No matter what corner of the island your family came from, there are directories covering all of the major towns and cities.

Directories and almanacs not only allow you to pinpoint your ancestors at a given address at a certain point in time, they also provide a fascinating insight into the social climate in Ireland at the time. You’ll also find directories dedicated to certain professions and groups.

The range of directories offer different pieces of information but in most cases you’ll be able to trace your ancestor’s address and occupation. If you’re descended from wealthy families these resources offer great detail as they tended to list nobility and gentlemen on a regular basis.

Start exploring the Irish directory records on Findmypast today and see what you can uncover about your Irish ancestors.

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