I have lots of ancestry in Ireland, but most of that knowledge comes from birthplaces shown on Scottish Census records, not Irish birth or marriage records. I was born in Glasgow, have Scottish parents, three grandparents Scottish and one English. But from the great-grandparents and further back, mostly Irish, with names like: Duffy, Tolland/Tolan, Kerr, Devine, Doyle, Callaghan/O'Callaghan, Collins, Price, McKinlay/McKinney, Denny/Deaney, Dunlop, Topping/Toppan, Killen, Telford, Walker, etc.
I'm fairly new to this research, and sometimes frustrated by the lack of results, or by how inconclusive they are. How does one know when one's ancestor is among those whose records have been lost, for instance? I am also frustrated by sites that require me to search by PARISH, for example, when I don't know that yet.
If anyone has any tips, it would be greatly appreciated! And if anyone else has ancestors with these surnames, I would of course love to discuss!
Thanks very much.