I am having trouble finding online sites to search for irish Births:Marriage:

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I am having trouble finding online sites to search for irish Births:Marriage:Death, and census records.  The UK database i have used for English profile does not help very much.  The dates I am trying to find info spans 1820's to 1930s.


in Genealogy Help by Daniel Broek G2G Crew (580 points)
retagged by Maggie N.
First find out what records exist.  Then find out how to access them.

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Lynda has already pointed you in the direction of irishgenealogy.ie, which is a very good site indeed (and free), but be warned, Irish civil records only go back to 1845 for marriages and 1864 for births and deaths.

The site has some earlier parish records, but not many. For more, you could try http://www.rootsireland.ie/ . It's a pay site, and coverage is patchy (lots of old parish records are missing thanks to the 1922 Four Courts fire), but it's the most useful site I've found for BMDs from before the Civil Records start.

For the six counties of Northern Ireland, GRONI (the General Register Office of Northern Ireland) has access to some BMDs that IrishGenealogy doesn't have, although you have to pay for them.

As for census, the 1901 and 1911 Irish censuses are online, free in their entirety, at http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/. They also have some fragments of earlier censuses, which are otherwise lost.

Some other very useful free sites if you're researching Belfast/northern ancestors are:

One last thing while I remember: Irish Townlands is a very good site for understanding of Irish geographical divisions - counties, baronies, civil parishes and townlands.

Hope these are some help.

by Patrick Brown G2G2 (2.7k points)
selected by Tony Woods
Thanks Patrick, much appreciated!


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by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (632k points)
Thanks Linda!  I am finding new information.


Good luck.
Maggie, Thanks for the best answer star.

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