Irish Roots

November 8th, 2010

John Grenham

Time for some apologies and corrections. A few weeks ago, writing about Ordnance Survey Ireland's wonderful and relatively under-publicised site, maps.osi.ie, I quibbled about the lack of a place-names search function. And of course there is an excellent search tool, prominently visible on the right of the maps home-page. Not only is it possible to search by parish, town and townland, but you can even customise layers on the maps to highlight graveyards or forges or asylums or turloughs … in fact anything that was recorded on the original maps. The site also has a complete, freely-downloadable PDF copy of Lewis' 1837 Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, a piece of extraordinary generosity. (It should be pointed out that there are also good place-name searches at logainm.ie, the Placenames Commission site, and, with wild-cards, on the 1851 Townlands Index at www.irishtimes.com/ancestor.)

The same column also grumbled that the 1890s 25” to the mile series was missing for places now in Northern Ireland. And of course they too are freely available, along with much more, on the Northern Ireland Ordnance Survey site, at maps.osni.gov.uk.

In a column a few weeks previously, there was yet another complaint, this time about not being able to search the civil registration indexes at pilot.familysearch.org by registration district rather than county. And, of course, it is indeed possible. It does require entering registration district, county and country, then choosing “Exact, close and partial” from the list of search-types and then examining the results very, very carefully, because you will be told that “Only partial matches were found”. This may be the equivalent of having to stand on your head to scratch your ear, but it does work.

Complaining may be unpleasant, but it has certainly added to the sum of human knowledge. Sincere thanks, then, to everyone who so thoroughly pointed out my mistakes.


Comments and suggestions are welcome, to irishrootsatirishtimes.com.

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