WHERE TO START: LIBRARIES AND ARCHIVES

www.nli.ie – The National Library of Ireland has extensive references of interest to the family historian on its Home page (Online Catalogue and Sources). It has also got an almost complete list of the Roman Catholic Parish Registers online searchable by event, year and month.

www.nationalarchives.ie/genealogy  – The National Archives of Ireland contains a variety of records such as the 1901 & 1911 census, census fragments 1821, 1831,1841,1851; The Tithe Applotment Books; Will Calendars; Soldiers’ Wills (WW1); Ireland-Australia transportation records (1791-1853) and much more.

www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni  – This is the Northern Ireland Public Record Office and has lots of help and practical information for the family historian in the form of downloadable leaflets on all aspects of family search. It also has a large number of online records like Will Calendars, Street Directories, The Ulster Covenant, Cancelled / Revision Land Books and other material relevant to the northern counties.

databases.dublincity.ie – A resource from Dublin City Library and Archive  focusing primarily on databases derived from printed and other historic records such as graveyards related to Dublin city and surrounding administrative districts.

www.libraryireland.com – An on-line resource of books and articles on Irish History, genealogy and culture.

BIRTHS, DEATHS MARRIAGES

www.irishgenealogy.ie – This portal website has the General Register Office’s Births, Marriages and Deaths Index. Records can be obtained with restrictions due to data protection (births over 100 years, marriages over 75 years and deaths over 50 years).

www.familysearch.org – This website has the Mormon copy of the General Register Office index to Births and Deaths from 1864-1958 and Marriages (non-Catholic) from 1845-1958.

www.rootsireland.ie  -This website (£=pay) contains Heritage Centre transcripts of baptismal, marriage and some burial records for a large number of Churches (various denominations) in most Irish counties. Some counties have Census records and civil records; it is important to check the sources list for each county to know which faith community records are included.

www.groireland.ie – This is the website for the General Register Office in the Republic of Ireland

www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/introduction-groni-and-its-records – This is a general introduction to the records of the General Register Office of Northern Ireland (Armagh, Antrim, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry/Derry); its records with restrictions can be accessed online at http://geni.nidirect.gov.uk.

www.freebmd.org.uk – This website has the civil registration indexes for England, Scotland and Wales from 1838.

www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk – This website (£) and contains, among many data sets including Scottish Civil records (from 1855)

www.findmypast.ie – This vast website (£) includes the indexes to the General Register Office of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Its Civil Marriage Index is very useful for cross-checking spousal surnames.

www.ancestry.co.uk – This website (£) divides the General Register Office Index into three; Births Index, Deaths Index and Marriage Index; the latter has the spousal surnames cross checking facility.

CHURCH RECORDS

www.irishgenealogy.ie – A portal website with free access to many of the websites listed above. It also contains Church Records for Kerry (both RC and COI), Dublin (RC and COI for city centre parishes mainly, but some suburbs) Carlow (COI only) and the Diocese of Cork and Ross including most Cork city parishes (RC only).

www.rootsireland.ie  -This website contains Heritage Centre transcripts of baptismal, marriage and some burial records for a number of denominations (RC, COI, and Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist) and covers most of the counties of Ireland.

www.library.ireland.anglican.org The Representative Church Body Library has recently put online an up-to-date list of its Parish Registers and their location. It is in pdf format and can be downloaded free of charge.

www.quakers-in-ireland.ie -This is the official website of the Religious Society of Friends in Ireland. The library has extensive records regarding members and their activity in Ireland. Many of these records are now online at www.findmypast.ie.

www.presbyterianhistoryireland.com – The Belfast based library has an extensive collection of the records of Presbyterian congregations throughout Ireland.

http://methodisthistoryireland.org – Included in this website is a section on genealogy which gives information about Methodist chapels and congregations in Ireland.

www.irishjewishroots.com – Genealogist Stuart Rosenblatt has documented every person of the Jewish faith who ever lived in Ireland.

LAND RECORDS

www.askaboutireland.ie  – This website provides free access to Griffiths Valuation, the first full-scale property valuation carried out in Ireland and published between 1847 and 1864. It has a range of map options from 19th century maps to modern Google Earth images.

www.findmypast.ie – This subscription website (£) has not only the definitive version of Griffith’s Valuation with contemporary maps but also the Landed Estates Court Rentals (c 1850-1880s), an invaluable resource for investigating the history of estates and their tenants.

www.landedestates.ie – Estate records for the provinces of Connaught and Munster with indications of where they were, what records survive together with concise histories of the landed proprietors.

EMIGRATION

www.castlegarden.org – A database of 11 million immigrants from 1820-1892 arriving in the Battery area of New York City. The records are also available on www.irishgenealogy.ie.

www.ellisisland.org – The main entry point for immigrants to the US from 1892 – 1924 in which it is estimated over 20 million people passed through. Its records can be accessed free of charge.

www.immigrantships.net – An expanding database of transcribed passenger lists that can be searched by port of arrival or departure.

www.ancestry.co.uk – The worldwide version of this subscription website (£) has emigration records for the US and Canadian ports as well as from Australia.

www.stevemoss.com –This website has interesting search options for ancestors who emigrated to the US.

WORKHOUSES

www.workhouses.org.uk – Provides an in-depth overview of workhouses in Ireland and the UK. It includes maps of each workhouse and indications where the relevant records are located.

www.findmypast.ie – 2.5 million records from the Poor Law Guardians’ Minute Books have recently been uploaded. These include records from counties, Clare, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Leitrim and Sligo.

MAPS & PLACE NAMES

www.logainm.ie  – A place names database of Ireland, developed by Fiontar (DCU) and The Place names Branch of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. It also provides a list of available sources for the relevant townland.</br></br>

www.irishancestors.ie – This website, compiled by the Irish Genealogical Research Society, has many helpful sections including this one where the 1901 Census place names have been digitised and are searchable.

www.johngrenham.com – This website (£) not only has a searchable place names database but also counties, parishes (both Civil and RC)  and Poor Law Unions with their relevant parish and townland names.

www.osi.ie – Ordnance Survey of Ireland is Ireland’s National Mapping Agency.  This site provides access to maps of Ireland both present day and historic which allows you to see where your ancestors lived.

www.downsurvey.tcd.ie  – Taken in the years 1656-1658, the Down Survey of Ireland is the first ever detailed land survey on a national scale anywhere in the world.

www.swilson.info – A collection of digitized maps of Dublin and Ireland, viewable in Google map format, a revised and improved townland database, scans and extracts from a number of directories, a database of Catholic Parishes as they were in 1830, parish links to over 1000 parishes and map co-ordinates for over 2,000 churches.

MILITARY

www.militaryarchives.ie  – The Military Archives is the place of deposit of the records of the Defence Forces, the Department of Defence and the Army Pensions Board since the establishment of the state.

www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie  – This bureau of military history 1913-1921 is a joint initiative by the Military Archives and the National Archives; in its over 1,700 witness statements, it narrates the history of a crucial period in modern Irish history (1913-1922) when the country fought for and gained its independence, through the words of those who fought.

www.nationalarchives.gov.uk – This is very important for people whose ancestors fought in the British army at any time or place. It has a vast number of military records from the different branches of the armed forces. The British Library (www.bl.uk) and the Imperial War Museum (www.iwm.org.uk) have substantial collections of records about soldiers of Irish origin who fought all over the British Empire especially in India.

www.findmypast.ie – This website has the WW1 Memorial Records and a substantial collection of other military records from various theatres of war throughout the British Empire where Irish soldiers served.

www.1641.tcd.ie – The 1641 Depositions are witness testimonies mainly by Protestants, but also by some Catholics, from all social backgrounds, concerning their experiences of the 1641 Irish rebellion.

PRISON AND LEGAL RECORDS

www.findmypast.ie – Petty Sessions record mention 15.2m names and the Prison Registers 2.7m. Also includes Dog License holders 2.8m.

NEWSPAPERS

www.irishnewspaperarchive.com – A digital archive of over 40 newspapers in Ireland.

www.irishtimes.com/archive – A digital archive of the Irish Times dating back to 1859.

www.findmypast.ie – Has built up a large collection of newspapers in their portfolio.

GRAVEYARDS

www.glasnevintrust.ie – There is a database over 1.5 million digitized records of burials since 1828 (Dublin).

www.historicgraves.com – It has photos, transcripts and GPS maps.

www.interment.net/ireland – It covers many graveyards but the transcriptions are incomplete.

www.findmypast.ie – This subscription website has Cantwell’s gravestone transcriptions from Wexford, Wicklow, Galway and Mayo.

www.historyfromheadstones.com – This website focuses on Northern Ireland.