Genealogy Courses - Irish Records & Research

Irish Genealogy Course - Exploring Your Roots

Roots Revealed delivers genealogy courses that are specifically tailored to help you Explore Your Roots, to research and discover ancestral information within Irish and Northern Irish records. 

The course content described below is 20 hours in duration, usually delivered as ten 2-hour sessions. 

If you are interested in commissioning a course, please get in touch to discuss in more detail.  Courses can be adapted to your requirements with regard to length, content and delivery method, i.e. face-to-face or online.



NEW – the dates of the 2024 course are now confirmed.

It will run from September to November 2024.

Early bird pricing is available until 31 July 2024.

Places are limited to 20 participants.

Please register your interest below.

Genealogy courses held to date and feedback

Since September 2018, ten genealogy courses have been delivered, some of which were online and others face-to-face.

  • October to December 2023 – online course via Zoom
  • January 2023 – The Old Church Centre, Cushendun
  • March to May 2022 – Crosskeys Inn
  • January to March 2022 – online course for Apex Housing
  • September to November 2021 – online course 3 for Friends of Glenariffe
  • January to March 2021 – online course 2 for Friends of Glenariffe
  • January to March 2021 – online course 1 for Friends of Glenariffe
  • March to June 2020 – course cancelled due to Covid-19
  • September to November 2019 – Ballymena North
  • March to May 2019 – Ballymena North
  • September to November 2018 – Ballymena North

The courses have been really well received; many of our course students have provided feedback and testimonials which may be viewed here.

Who is the Genealogy Course aimed at?

Many people are interested in genealogy and finding out about their own family history, but they often aren’t sure where or how to start.  Others may have made a start in researching their ancestors but have hit a brick wall and don’t know how to overcome it.   Many Irish records were destroyed in the 19th and 20th centuries, due to the Four Courts explosion in 1922 during the Irish Civil War and also deliberate Government policy.  This resulted in the loss of many Irish records  and as a result Irish genealogy has a reputation of being difficult.  It does means that we need to be a bit more inventive by using different record sets and it is possible for family historians to trace their ancestors back to the late 1700’s or early 1800’s without too much difficulty.  Others, such as for example, those who have landowners or merchants in their family may be able to go further back.

How will the Genealogy Course Help Me?

The Exploring Your Roots Irish Genealogy Course is aimed at a broad range of people from novices with no experience to those who have been hobby genealogists for some time, including:

  • Those who are interested in researching their family tree but don’t know where to start.

  • Those who have some experience but would like to know how to make more progress.

  • Those who have hit a brick wall in their research and would like ideas to overcome it.

  • Those who would like to take a DNA test, but aren’t sure which is the best one to take, or you’ve already taken a DNA test but aren’t sure what to do with the results or what they’re telling you?

The course will cover a broad range of Irish ancestry records and sources that will help you to research your family tree and will give you a grounding in good genealogical practice that will help you to carry out your research effectively. 

  • You will have a greater knowledge of the available resources and improved confidence to use them when researching your family tree.

  • You’ll gain a greater understanding of the lives of your ancestors, their time in place and how both key local and national events shaped their lives. 

  • You will be mixing with like-minded people who have a desire to find out more about their ancestry.  Who knows – you might meet a new cousin or two?

  • The course will be delivered by a genealogist and educator who has years of experience under her belt.

There will be ample time for discussion and questions on each session. Places on the course are limited to facilitate discussion.

Which Irish research and records subjects are included on the course?

The course focuses on genealogy records specific to Northern Ireland and Ireland and it includes the following subjects:

  • Getting started and organising your research

  • Sources of information

  • Units of administration – townlands, parishes, baronies, DED’s Poor Law Unions, etc

  • Place names

  • Surnames and naming traditions

  • Civil registration

  • Church records

  • Burial records and gravestone inscriptions

  • Census and census substitutes

  • Land, property and valuation records

  • Estate records

  • Military records

  • Education records

  • Occupational records

  • Printed sources

  • Wills and testamentary records

  • Local government records

  • Electoral records

  • Law and order

  • Emigration and transportation

  • Introduction to DNA

What course materials will I get?

Each week you will get a PowerPoint handout and a comprehensive list of useful sources, websites, reference materials, etc for each topic that we cover.

The course is delivered live each week and it is also recorded. You will have access to the recordings for three months and can watch them as often as you wish.

Forthcoming genealogy course dates

  • Week 1 – Tuesday 03 September 2024
  • Week 2 – Tuesday 10 September 2024
  • Week 3 – Tuesday 17 September 2024
  • Week 4 – Tuesday 24 September 2024
  • Week 5 – Tuesday 01 October 2024
  • Week 6 – Tuesday 08 October 2024
  • Week 7 – Tuesday 15 October 2024
  • Week 8 – Tuesday 22 October 2024
  • Week 9 – Tuesday 29 October 2024
  • Week 10 – Tuesday 05 November 2024

Where will the genealogy course be held?

The course will be delivered via Zoom and participants will need a free Zoom account to take part.

Each session will be recorded to facilitate those participants who are unable to join on the night or whose time zones make attendance difficult.

How much will the genealogy course cost?

Early bird pricing of £130 sterling is available until 31 July 2024.

Thereafter, the cost is £150 sterling per person.

How do I book and pay for the Genealogy Course?

Please click the button below to register your interest in the course.

After you have registered, you will receive an email with a link to make a secure payment.

Your place on the course will be confirmed once payment is received.
If you have any queries that are not covered here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Can I buy the Genealogy Course as a gift?

Yes certainly.  Just email us to enquire about a Gift Voucher for the course.

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