Monday, July 22, 2013

District Electoral Divisions and Poor Law Unions, the mortar in Irish Genealogy Brick Walls.

Break wall with tree
In Ireland the Poor Relief Act of 1838 divided Ireland into districts or "unions" in which the local taxable inhabitants were to be financially responsible for all paupers in the area. In 1898 the Poor Law Union was adopted as the basic administrative division in place of the civil parish and barony.
Civil registration is the government recording and registering of births, marriages, and deaths. Registration began in Ireland in 1864. However, registration of Protestant marriages had begun earlier in 1845. Births, marriages and deaths were registered with district registrars. Registration districts were set up within the boundaries of the existing Poor Law Unions