A total of 3,941 people contacted the Nenagh-based North Tipperary Genealogy Centre last year looking for their family roots, with 862 visiting the centre.
As an indication of how important roots tourism is to the local economy, these 862 people stayed in the area. And the good news is that, to date this year, overseas visitor numbers indicate a significant increase.
Meanwhile, during 2012 the centre added an additional 225,785 records to its online service at www.rootsireland.ie This comprises 109,082 baptismal and marriage records and 116,703 census substitutes. They also featured on Out and About in Ireland which is produced by Irish TV and airs every Thursday night on Sky TV 191 or Freesat 400.
Nora O’Meara, MA, genealogist, who has been operating the service for over 25 years, pointed out that centre has an extensive database of genealogical records pertaining to North Tipperary. These include Catholic baptismal and marriage records; the same, plus burial records, for the Church of Ireland; the Methodist Church records and the civil births, deaths and marriages.
Additional to these are land records such as the Tithe Applotments Books of the 1820s; Griffiths / Primary Valuations Lists of the 1840s-50s; the Poor Law Rate Books; and the 1660s Hearth Money Rolls; 1901 and 1911 census records, and the various commercial directories.
It is the only centre in the country to have the gravestone inscriptions for all graveyards in North Tipperary transcribed and computerised.
In addition to their commissioned research service the North Tipperary Genealogy Centre also provides an online research service at rootsireland.ie
The centre is in the governor’s house of the former county gaol in Nenagh, and has a high success rate in finding living relatives for its clients.
For further details, contact Nora O’Meara at 067- 33850 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org