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??This is a page for members of the Irish Roots Project to share their recommended on-line resources for researching Irish ancestry.??

The most important piece of advice about research in Ireland is that using surname variants in your searching is essential - do not ignore them as otherwise you could be missing out on that record of your ancestor that will break your brick wall! A helpful explanation of why using surname variants in Irish research is so critical can be found here.

More helpful resources for Irish Research compiled by Irish Roots project member Richard Devlin, particularly based on geographic locations and counties, can be found here.


General Websites for Records (including Northern Ireland)

Note 1 It should be noted that no records are available for the most current 100, 75, and 50 years for birth, marriages, and deaths respectively
Note 2 The General Register Office (GRO) are working on a tranche of Marriage (pre 1882) and Death (pre 1891) records as well as an additional year of all Birth, Marriage and Death Records. These will be added soon. Further details will be publicised on the website in due course.

  • The Irish Censuses. You can search all the Irish census returns from 1841 to 1911 for free on this site. Note that the data is incomplete for all census years apart from 1901 and 1911.
  • Griffiths Valuation 1847-1864 search the original pages for free.
  • The Tithe Applotment Books. Compiled between 1823 and 1837 in order to determine the amount which occupiers of agricultural holdings over one acre should pay in tithes to the Church of Ireland. Almost every civil parish is covered and included the names of occupiers of each townland, the amount of land held and the sums to be paid in tithes. You can search by name of location.
  • The National Archives of Ireland. Search the catalog - most items are not online but you might get lucky.
  • Calendars of Wills and Administrations 1858 - 1920, search to see if your ancestors made a will. The tool covers the whole of Ireland up until 1917 and includes Name, address, occupation and financial effects on death of testator (person who made the will); Date of death of testator; Date and place of probate of will or grant of letters of administration; Name(s) and address(es) of executors/beneficiaries of the will, and relationship, if it exists, to testator; Marital status of all women mentioned.
  • Roots Ireland contains data from 34 county genealogy centres in Ireland. The main sources on the site are Irish Catholic and other church records of baptisms, marriages and deaths which are the most important source for tracing Irish ancestry.
  • National Library of Ireland
  • Catholic Parish Registers at the National Library of Ireland. Free to access images of mostly 19th century Catholic parish records. These are not indexed - if you have a subscription to Ancestry and FMP then you can search these records by name].
  • Family Search, link to Irish records accessible on Family Search.
  • Soldiers Wills. The National Archives have put a small collection of soldiers wills on line.
  • Ireland Cemetery Records, free online search for cemeteries across Ireland (similar to Find A Grave).
  • Cyndi's List for Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • Discover ever after Free cemetery site of photos of headstones etc. Searchable by name. Covers multiple cemeteries for all religions in many counties.
  • Ireland’s History in Maps Old Maps of Ireland.
  • The Ireland GenWeb Project contains many links to useful sources at both a national and county level.
  • Irish Graveyards, aka Irish Graveyard Surveyors - searchable database of Irish cemeteries. Limited mainly to larger graveyards in and around Connacht. Most of the information on IGS is also available of Find A Grave but Find A Grave is sparse on photographs. Photos on IGS are strictly copyright.
  • Dúchas.ie or the Irish Schools Collection is a wonderful source of local folklore and stories (linked to civil parishes and townlands in Ireland) recorded by Irish schoolchildren during the period 1937-1939. You can search by name or place and discover all kinds of gems about the oral history and folklore of the locations your ancestors lived in. The site is looking for volunteers to transcribe the records.
  • Northern Ireland GenWeb new website from May/June 2017. Contains many online BMD records for all Ulster Counties.
  • Ulster Ancestry Free pages - wealth of information and data dating back to Ulster Plantation.
  • Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland The purpose of this project is to provide finding aids for the records held at the Registry of Deeds in Dublin. There are three sets of indexes produced by the project: The main indexof memorial transcription books; The grantors index; The townland index. Each of these index databases can be searched on a number of fields. None, of course, is complete.

County Specific Resources

Please see Richard Devlin's resources page. In addition:

Irish Immigration (General)

Good Blogs

Irish DNA Resources

  • Dr. Maurice Gleeson is a well known speaker and Irish DNA specialist. He has posted many useful videos on this topic, as well as conference materials, and his website is a great source for information.

Guides and Help for Conducting Irish Research

Further Reading

Irish Clans and Surnames

Medieval Ireland

Dubious Resources - Proceed with Caution

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not sure if you want this, (or already have this) appears to be a plethora of information & links for Irish Genealogy, - "Irish Civil Registration Records Survive intact" - Irish Genealogy Toolkit, https://www.irish-genealogy-toolkit.com/Irish-civil-registration.html
posted by Arora (G) Anonymous
Please rate The Townsend (Townshend) Family Records as a reliable source or not.
posted by William Foster Jr
I subscribe to rootsireland.ie/; happy to look up for wiki tree members & check other sources: Irish Censuses, Tithte Applotments, Griffiths Valuation

Col Cafferky

posted by Col Cafferky
I found this site useful. Others might too.



Would you add the link to this page has a downloadable excel speadsheet for Gaelic alphabet


Might be useful

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild

Categories: Ireland, Sources