Useful Links

If you’re trying to trace your Irish family history, then you might find these websites useful:

Find My Past Ireland has Land and Estate Records, Griffith’s Valuation, directories, military records and much more

Irish Origins You can find Griffith’s Valuation and other Eneclann publications online at Irish Origins

Ask About Ireland also has Griffith’s Valuation available online

The National Archives of Ireland has made available, for free, the 1901 and 1911 censuses of Ireland.  They are the main repository for records in Ireland and so have a wide range of records of use to a family historian

Irish Genealogy has Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland Parish Records online for parts of Kerry, Carlow, Cork and Dublin city, though more are to be released

Family Search has civil indexes and indexes for parish records

Irish Ancestors has a great surname variants section, 19th century Irish maps online and has very useful maps of Roman Catholic parishes, along with details of surviving registers and lists of placenames

The National Library of Ireland holds Roman Catholic parish registers for Ireland, and you can read more about what is available on their website

The Representative Church Body Library holds those Church of Ireland parish registers that were not destroyed in the Four Courts Fire of 1922

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has Northern Irish Church of Ireland parish registers (as well as other denominations), as well as Valuation Books, Tithe Applotment Books and National School records for Northern Ireland.  They are the main repository for Northern Ireland, so hold a wealth of records from government, estates and families.

The National Archives of Ireland also holds microfilms of Church of Ireland parish registers

Roots Ireland has transcriptions of birth, marriage and death records covering much of Ireland, this website is run by the Irish Family History Foundation

The General Register Office is where to go to obtain civil registration records for Ireland until 1922 and the Republic of Ireland after 1922

The General Register Office of Northern Ireland has civil registration records for Northern Ireland

Clare Library has a range of genealogy sources for County Clare available online, as well as maps and photos

Leitrim-Roscommon Genealogy has 1901 census transcripts for these counties as well as information on surnames and townlands

If your ancestors came from Connacht or Munster then you might find the Landed Estates Database useful.  The database gives background to historic houses, families and landed estates from ca. 1700 to 1914

The Placenames Database of Ireland is a good place to find out more about the place your ancestors came from and to help you identify where a place is

The Ordnance Survey of Ireland has its historic first edition 25 and 6 inch maps available to view online for free

You can view, download or purchase a hard copy of these historic maps at the Irish Townland Maps website – finding your ancestral home is a great addition to your genealogy research

The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage is also a good website for context for your Irish family history – their survey highlights the architectural heritage of most Irish counties

The National Library of Ireland’s Sources contains catalogue records for Irish manuscripts and articles in Irish periodicals and details of how to access them