Did you know that even if you yourself weren’t blessed to be born on the island of Ireland, you might still be eligible to apply for an Irish passport. If either your parents or your grandparents were born in Ireland, you can apply for Irish Citizenship and an Irish Passport.
One of my more recent projects was to find an Irish birth record for a grandparent of a gentleman born in the UK and now living in Ireland. He knew his parents were both born in the UK and had their birth certs. While there was no documentation to prove it, he had heard that one of his grannies was from Ticknock, which he thought might be in Wicklow.
Using the information contained in his father’s Scottish birth certificate, I was able to locate his Granny and Grandpa’s marriage in Dundee, Scotland in 1904. This gave me the names, ages, addresses and occupations of both the bride and groom as well as the names of their parents and witnesses. Scottish records provide lots of detailed information and this one was no exception. I was then able to find the groom’s birth in Dundee, making him a Scottish Grandpa – not what we were looking for. The bride’s surname was Kelly and there was no trace of her birth in Scotland. In order to search of the Irish Civil records I turned to tHhe fabulous website www.irishgenealogy.ie where I found hundreds of Kelly’s born around 1880. Knowing that Ticknock is located in south county Dublin, helped to narrow the search and lead me to the birth record I was looking for and proving that Yes – Granny was Irish!
Armed with this information I then ordered all the relevant birth, marriage and death certificates required to proceed with the Irish Passport application. So it seems our Irish Grandparents are still looking out for us, even decades after their deaths.
Have a look at a sample of a Scottish Civil Record. Here is a copy of a death record for one of my own ancestors, Walter Paterson. It gives so much information, showing Walter’s parents names, including his mother’s maiden name, his son, both his wives as well as his own age, profession, address and cause of death.
The following is an extract from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs web site. https://www.dfa.ie/passports-citizenship/citizenship/born-abroad/
Born outside Ireland?
You are automatically an Irish citizen if one of your parents was an Irish citizen who was born in Ireland.
You can become an Irish citizen if one of your grandparents was born in Ireland, or you can become an Irish citizen if one of your parents was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth, but was not born in Ireland. If you’re eligible, you can register your birth on the Foreign Births Register.
With the United Kingdom about to depart from the European Union, many UK citizens are on the search for their Irish granny or grandpa in order to apply for their Irish Passport.