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Ireland Online - Research Links

Major Government records and websites

National Archives of Ireland    (Census 1821-1911, Tithe Applotments, Will Calendars 1858-1920 and 1922-1982, Wills & Will Indexes 1596-1858,  Catholic qualification & convert rolls 1700-1845, Valuation Office Books 1824-1856, Shipping Agreements & Crew lists 1863-1921, Marriage Bonds 1623-1856, Soldiers Wills, Finding Aids, Learning Tools)

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland   (Londonderry Corporation 16. 3-1901, Will Calenders and some wills 1858+, valuation books 1864-1933, Directories 1819+, Ulster Covenant 1912, Freeholders 1727+, Historic Map Viewer, and more)   

Ask About Ireland – Griffith’s Valuations   (Griffith’s Valuation for all of Ireland – Images, Maps, Town Plats, Name books; READING ROOM – links to historical records and learning aids)

Irish – Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, rural and Gaeltacht Affairs  (Vital Records Republic of Ireland V1845+; Church Records for Kerry, Cork, Dublin and Carlow; 2016 Ireland, Other Links) Note: Birth Records available after 100 years, Marriage after 75 years and Death after 50 years. Some images available instructions for ordering other records and those not public can be found on site.

National Library of Ireland   (Estate Records, Photographs, Business Records, Newspapers, 1916 Online Exhibition)   

Dippam (Documenting Ireland: Parliment, People and Migration)  Enhanced British Parlimentary Papers on Ireland, Irish Immigration Database, Voices of Migration and Return.

Electronic Irish Statute Book  (Acts of the Oireachtas 1922+, Statutory Rules 1922-1947, Statutory Instruments 1948+, Selected Statutes 1700s +)

Valuation Office  (Click on Check Out NAVdirect. Search for current property valuations by county, authority and townland. Click on Go to NAVDirect to navigate to a map showing property with building footprint)]

Ordnance Survey Ireland   (Go to MapViewer / GeoHive for free map viewing, history of mapping in Ireland, it is possible to order a customized map of an area you are interested in)  Placenames database of Ireland.

Beyond 2022 Collaboration between Trinity College, National Archives of Ireland and others to create a virtual record treasury to digital records and substitutes for records that were at Four Courts in 1922.

Miscellaneous The Schools Collection, Photographs Collection - Dublin City University

Irish Archives Resource http://www.iar.ieCollections of Irish papers in various repositories.  Look for family estate records here and much more.

DoChara – Understanding Land Divisions  (Provinces, Counties, Baronies, Parishes, Townlands, Poor Law Unions) Note: There are other good descriptions of records on this site.

IrishGraveyards (Maps, Images, Memorials – growing collection of professional surveys)

Registry of Deeds Index Project a volunteer project, many images available on Family Search.

Irish Historic Towns Atlas Royal Irish Academy

Ireland Illustrated NUI Galway

The Down Survey of Ireland  detailed National land survery 1656-1658

Óglaigh na hÉireann Military Archives -  Defence Forces Ireland    (1916, Bureau of Military History 1913-1921, Army Census 1922, Service Pensions, Image Gallery, Maps/Plans & Drawings, various publications)
Guide to Irish Resources in the Library of Congress

Irish Famine Project   Project led by Belfast University Professor Alan Fernihough to investigate the causes and consequences of the Great Famine.  Gives population by parish in 1841 and 1851. 

Church Records

RCB Library  Anglican Record Project, Anglican Parish List (Church of Ireland)

Roman Catholic - see library of Ireland above


National Museum of Ireland  (History, online exhibits)

Ireland in 1834

Ireland History in Maps  (Prehistoric times to mid 1800s informational maps and essays)

Rediscovering Medevial Ireland - Trinity College. One of Many videos on Ireland on Youtube.

History of Medicine in Ireland

More Miscellaneous

British Library (misc Irish records)

Missing Friends (advertisements in Boston Globe searching for relatives)

Ireland Genealogy Project  (Great jumping off place for specific county research)

Genuki  (County & record specific research hints and links)

Family Search (limited Irish records, but a good place to search for British Military & Pension records, also check Wiki)

Cyndi’s List Ireland  When you run out of places to search)

Fee Websites

Find My Past - Ireland (Available in Family History Libraries, dog licenses, petty court records, cemetery, and so much more)

Ancestry - Ireland (Available in many libraries, use catalog filters to search for available Irish record sets)

Irish Family History Foundation (Click on county for list of what is available.  Search for Surname. Hire research )

Irish News Archive (Assorted Newspapers 1738+, mostly Ireland but includes various other papers such as the Butte (MT) Independent, Many runs not complete)

Irish Family History Centre (Eneclann) (Some free content including magazine Irish Lives Remembered, paid content includes digital copies of many early Irish books)

Society / Membership & Professional Researcher Websites

Genealogy Society of Ireland (Ireland’s - Genealogical Gazette free monthly, keep track of what’s happening in Irish genealogy) International Membership available.

Irish Ancestors (Successor to Irish Times - John Grenham’s Irish Roots Blog, Maps, Emigration Records, Record Descriptions, Ancestor Report a search for record resources specific to your ancestor, and more)  Free and Fee content.

Irish Genealogy Society International  Based out of St. Paul Minnesota.  Membership includes digital access to back copies of the Septs.

Linen Hall Library

Ulster Historical Foundation

North of Ireland Family History Society

Ulster Ancestry 

TIARA Irish Ancestral Research Association

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Handouts from past classes
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1 comment:

  1. Looks like to have Ireland well covered. I will be looking for my ancestors County and Townlands because all I have right now is questionable.
    Thanks for the wonderful, inspirational talk at California Genealogical Society on March 24, 2018.