Irish Jurisdictions

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To do effective research in Ireland, it's important that you have the place of origin for your ancestor. Most sources you refer to will require this information. Let me explain how the various divisions of Ireland.

In "Irish and Scotch-Irish Ancestral Research", Margaret Falley says, "Ireland is divided into four provinces. Each province is divided into counties; each county into baronies; each barony into parishes; and each parish into townlands.

There are in all of Ireland 28 diocese, 32 counties, 325 baronies, 2,447 parishes, and about 64,000 townlands.

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