Ireland Genealogy Links

Listed below are links to Irish genealogy websites, essential for successful research in Ireland. The majority of them are free, but the subscription sites should not be discounted as some of them have very useful record sets.

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Record Summary

The National Archives of Ireland Free Surviving censuses, tithe applotment books, wills, marriage licence bonds indexes, land records and shipping records Free Civil vital records and some church records
National Library of Ireland Free Roman Catholic parish registers
Family Search Free Several records sets including Church of Ireland and Catholic transcripts
FindMyPast Subscription Largest and most comprehensive collection of record sets on the web. Records include electoral rolls, Irish army discharge registers, wills, dog licence registers, merchant navy lists, school records and directories
Ancestry Subscription Large collection of record sets including parish register transcriptions, wills and directories
My Heritage Subscription Collection of record sets includes passenger lists, wills and directories
John Grenham/Irish Ancestors Subscription Reference point for Irish genealogy records, surname distribution and parish and poor law maps
Roots Ireland Subscription Transcripts of Catholic and other church registers
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland Free Maps, directories, valuation records and freeholder records
General Register Office Northern Ireland Pay per view Civil birth, marriage and death records for Northern Ireland
Irish Genealogy Toolkit Free Useful information on Irish genealogical research
From-Ireland Free Over 70,000 free Irish gravestone records with coverage of all 32 counties. Also other records including directories and a Roman Catholic parish index as of 1836
Eddie’s Extracts Free Birth, marriage and death extracts transcribed from historical Irish newspapers.
Ask About Ireland Free Griffith’s Valuation Free Includes historic maps, a Townland database and directories
Fáilte Romhat Free Sets include Land Owners in Ireland 1876, Irish Flax Growers List 1796, Pigot & Co’s Provincial Directory of Ireland 1824, Postal Directory of Cork 1842-43, Slater’s Commercial Directory of Ireland 1846, Guy’s Postal Directory of Cork 1914 and cemetery transcriptions and photographs
Ulster Ancestry Some Free Pages Sets include passenger lists, directories and headstone transcriptions from Northern Ireland
Irish Family History Centre Some Free Pages Free pages include downloads of the excellent Irish Lives Remembered magazine
Find A Grave Free Some Irish grave records
British Newspaper Archive Subscription Large collection of Irish and British historical newspaper titles
Irish Newspaper Archive Subscription Collection of Irish Newspaper titles Subscription Large historic newspaper collection includes some Irish titles
Irish Examiner Subscription Archives of the national Irish Examiner
Irish Times Subscription Archives of the national Irish Times
Oireachtas Library Free Dublin Gazette – the official newspaper of the Irish government which included notices of insolvency and changes of names
Belfast Gazette Free Replaced the Dublin Gazette as the official newspaper of Northern Ireland from 1922
Grace’s Guide Free Historical records about companies and industries. Mostly British coverage, but there are some Irish records
Library Ireland Free Origins of Irish names, pedigrees and directories
Forebears Free Meanings and distribution of Irish and British surnames Free The official place names directory for Ireland
IreAtlas Free Townlands database
Military Archives Free Includes pension records, witness statements from the war of independence, 1922 Army census and accounts of the 1916 uprising
The Down Survey of Ireland Free Surviving maps from Cromwell’s 1656-1658 survey of Ireland
Church of Ireland Genealogy Free Details and locations of the surviving parish registers as well a link to a small number of digitized records
Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland Free No online records are available, but there is help and advice on how to access church records
Methodist Historical Society of Ireland Free Plenty of information on Methodism in Ireland including an index of Methodist Churches, Chapels and Preaching Houses and a list of Cemeteries
The Methodist Church in Ireland Free Methodist parish registers are not available online. Physical records are normally still held at the Church. Use this link to find a Church
Irish Jewish Genealogical Society Free A database of over 61,000 Irish Jewish names dating from the 1700s to the present day
Historic Graves Free Surveys of Irish graveyards
Irish Genealogy Projects Free Pooled resources about Irish families
Irish Graveyards Free Detailed graveyard surveys
Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland Free Indexes for finding records held by the Registry of Deeds in Dublin
The Great Irish Famine Online Free Information and maps about the Great Famine Free Cemetery Records
Ralston Genealogy Free Irish and Scottish passenger lists
Immigrant Ships Free Some Passenger Lists for ships from Irish ports
Our Irish Heritage Free Personal Irish histories
Ireland-Australia Transportation Database Free Transcripts of records of Irish people sentenced to transportation to Australia
National Folklore Collection UCD Digitization Project Free Folklore stories collected from Irish school children 1937-38 and historic photographs
Irish Famine Emigration Database Free Database of Irish emigration to the US during the famine years

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