We want to help you to trace your O'Leary family history, but to help you, you must help us, please remember we are here to assist, not to do it for you.

  1. The best way to get help is to join the Forum at www.oleary-clan.com or our Facebook page and post your query there. That way you will have a whole group who may be able to assist you, if you send it to the Contact Us page then only two of us see it.
  2. Civil records of births, marriages and deaths in Ireland date from 1864. Church records of baptisms and marriages go back earlier depending on the parish. At www.irishgenealogy.ie you can search civil records for Ireland and church records for County Cork, some of Cork City, County Kerry and Dublin.
  3. The Griffiths Valuation gives details about people and their property and was carried out between 1848 and 1864. It can be searched on a number of sites, the easiest being www.askaboutireland.ie/griffith-valuation .
  4. At www.genealogy.nationalarchives.ie various records can be searched. These include the census for 1901 and 1911, and the tithe applotment books (agricultural holdings of more than one acre, compiled between 1823 and 1837).
  5. If you have proof or suspicion that the person that you are searching for was resident in Uibh Laoire parish during the 19th century (not the first quarter) or during the 20th century, it may be worth contacting our parish office (email below) for access to local records.

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  6. Send us ALL the information that you have about the person sought.  Include all you know: Full name, Place and date of birth, Wife's name, Place and date of marriage, Military service etc. etc. Any of these facts can jog someones memory. 
  7. Here are some more Irish websites which give help and advice on genealogy.
         Cork Past and Present
         West Cork Genealogy
         Skibbereen Heritage 
         2016 Family History  
  8. Last of all, when you have some basic clues, visit Ireland and enquire in person.  This is often a great way of finding information and local relatives.