Irish Family History Resources

A few of my favorite (free) family history sites, databases and other resources. These have been consistently useful for getting started researching an Irish ancestor. Sláinte!

  1. National Archives of Ireland:
    – 1901 and 1911 census reports
    – Tithe Applotment Books
    These books record the amount of Irish tithe, ie tax, due from each occupier of land, regardless of his religion, to support the clergy of the (Protestant) Church of Ireland.
  2. National Library of Ireland:
    Catholic Parish Registers
    Griffith’s Valuation. The primary valuation of Ireland or Griffith’s Valuation – carried out between 1848 and 1864 to determine liability to pay the Poor rate (for the support of the poor and destitute within each Poor Law Union) – provides detailed information on where people lived in mid-nineteenth century Ireland and the property they possessed.
    – Online library catalog search for digital images. Multiple collections. Also access to the print collection.
  3. Family Search – Ireland Civil Registration Indexes.
    An index of Ireland civil registration including 1864-1958 births, 1845-1958 marriages, and 1864-1958 deaths, but excluding index records for Northern Ireland after its creation in 1922.
  4. Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI):
    Street Directories.
     Digitized images of Street Directories covering the years 1819 to 1900.
    Freeholders Records. Freeholders were men who either owned their land outright or who held it in a lease for the duration of their life, or the lives of other people named in the lease. The Freeholders’ Records application includes pre-1840 Freeholders’ Registers and Poll Books.
  5. Irish Place Names
  6. 1876 Landowners List
  7. Irish Military Archives online collections
  8. Find a Grave (Ireland)
  9. Find my Past (UK):
    Birth, Death, Marriage and Parish Records
    – Military Records
  10. Irish Genealogy:
    Civil Registration Records
    Church Records