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Ireland's Official Irish Cottages website.
Welcome to Ballybeg Village where we enjoy sharing our knowledge about Irish Cottages and Thatched Cottages and Genealogy in Ireland.  Written by the experts for the official - and one of the oldest - Irish Cottages websites.  
You will also find lots of information on Irish Insurance especially Thatched house and thatched cottage insurance.This is a great site to explore if you are of Irish descent or are from Ireland .
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Those of you who research your Irish roots will be all too aware of the difficulties involved.  We trust these pages will be of help, and we strongly recommend that you avail of the expertise of the staff at the National Archives, the National Library, and the relevant County Libraries. We advise on documentary sources for Irish family research that will help maximize your time in Ireland should you decide to come here.  The census page gives details of where you can see the 1901 census of Ireland and the 1911 census of Ireland

The Genealogy section includes pages on Irish Placenames, and Irish Land division, essential for anyone who wishes to understand the geography of Ireland and who wants to make sense of Irish records. Advice on things Irish from 'Irish Census Records' to 'Irish Cottages'.  
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The Irish archaeology pages are perfect for those who want to gain an understanding of Irish archaeology wothout having to spend years  studying the subject.
Here you will find many articles about Ireland and things pertaining to Ireland.  We also provide advice on Irish insurance.  Travel insurance, House insurance with emphasis on thatched house insurance will be found on thse pages.

Here  you can learn the basics of
Irish  archaeology
Get some sound free advice on researching your  
Irish ancestry  

If you are planning a trip to Ireland you might enjoy reading these specially commissioned articles on Ireland 

Ancient Treasures  - Things to do in Dublin - Enjoying Ireland's Cities - Irish Festival Highlights

Learn how to read those Ogham  markings! 

History and archaeology of River Shannon by boat!

Some Castles of Ireland
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Irish Baby Names 

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Irish Castles

Irish Thatchers 

Getting insurance for thatched cottages has become something of a problem in Ireland.  We give some advice in our pages. You will also find information on other types of insurance.  We live in Ireland and so we also provide information on many things related to Ireland.  Irish genealogy, Irish Boating, Irish Castle, Irish baby names etc.  You will also find a page on car-hire in Ireland and another on Cruiser Boat hire on the River Shannon.  enjoy your time on Ballybegvillage website.
If you share our fascination and love of Irish Thached Cottages, Ballybeg Village is the place to be.  On our Thatched Cottages pages we have pictures and articles relating to the wonderful craft of thatching.  Chances are that your ancestor lived in a thatched cottage or thatched farmhouse and we recommend some thatched holiday cottages in Ireland.

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Irish Family Research
Having carried out research on our own family histories and having helped many friends in their quests for information about their Irish family roots  over the years, we would like to share  with you just how we do that research, what records are available, where to find them, contact numbers and addresses. etc.  This is a free advice section that will be helpful to both beginner and seasoned family history researcher!

Click here for Irish Roots page or use menu on left to go to preferred pages.

Click here Information on Irish Placenames

  Research Documents   explained:       

Hearth Money Rolls                        
 Cromwellian Census of Ireland 1659     
Civil Survey of Ireland 1654               
Tithe Applotment Books 1834           
Griffith's Valuation of Ireland 1850       
Cancellation Books                           
House Books                                   
 Ordnance Survey Maps                      
Valuation Maps                         
 Census of Ireland 1901             
 Census of Ireland 1911              
Slater's Directories                           
 Piggot's Directories               
Church Baptism and Marriage Records
Civil Birth, Marriage and Death Records

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