IRISH RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET
This page was prepared by
Barbara Lewis for her class,
Irish Research on the Internet,
which is held periodically at the Ogden Family Search Library, in Ogden, Utah.
Links that are numbered are used for priority of instruction when time in class is limited
Updated June 24, 2017
1- Familysearch -Family Tree
Catalog Click on SEARCH at the top and then CATALOG
3- Online Research Classes from LDS: Any Irish researcher would benefit from taking advantage of these classes. To change country, click on "anyplace" at the left
4- IRELAND on WIKI....A place to start...a GREAT MAP.....BEGINNERS CORNER....and topics of Interest at the left.
5- BMD Certificates available at the FHL in Salt Lake City Scroll down to the bottom of the page
Another link to the above
This could be your most important tool
7-GENUKI -Ireland...information related to all of Ireland
GETTING STARTED.....from the National Archives of Ireland....summary of the various records available.....
CENSUS AND CENSUS SUBSTITUTES
About Irish Census records:
8-The first Irish census to survive intact is 1901. This is available
at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
1901 and 1911 Census of Ireland: The National Archives of Ireland census website has been updated to provide new search options for the 1911 census, including: Relation to Head of Household, Literacy, Occuptation, Marital Status, County/Country of Origin, Language Proficiency, Specified Illnesses, Number of Years Married, Number of Children Born, and Number of Children Living. All thirty-two counties for 1911 are now available on the site. :
1901 and 1911 Census search engine
Earlier Irish census records were largely destroyed by fire in Dublin in 1922. There are fragments which have been transcribed by genealogists but these include only a very small amount of the original records. The best known Irish census substitute is Griffith's Valuations which was a listing of who the renters were and who owned the property. It was begun about 1848.
Online Census Indexes and Records
Census records online: This site has not only census records listed by county, but Griffith Valuation, Tithe Applotment, Pigots Directories, and other resources..
Index:: explanation and visual samples
Griffiths Primary Valuation Search Engine and explanation of....
Valuation Revision Books: From PRONI. These are the continuation records of the original Griffiths Valuation (1847 - 1864), and use the same plot numbers and townlands. You can use these records to see when someone acquired or disposed of a property, when they died (eg theoccupant will change to "reps of."), plus other changes such as purchase. Covered are counties Antrim, Armagh, Down,Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone between the years 1864 to 1933.
9- Griffith's Valuation on "Ask About Ireland" ( between 1848 and 1864)...I'm told the spelling has to be letter perfect on this search engine...but it is an excellent source.
Tithe Applotment on Ancestry: Information from the Tithe Books has been extracted and the have been indexed in this data set. Only the six counties that constitute present-day Northern Ireland Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh, and Tyrone, covering 223 parishes, are included. If you find an ancestor among the nearly 200,000 listed, you will learn the following:Name, County, Parish, Townland, Year of Enumeration
10--Tithe Applotments from the National Archives 1823-1837....a search in most counties here
Applotments: LDS film nos...by townland
Freeholder's Index (PRONI)...search engine off to the right...Lists of people entitled to vote (abt 1775-1825)
Irish Flax Growers List of 1796 (Ancestry)
Another Flax Growers List
Northern Ireland Gebweb
45- Ireland Mailing Lists..
Northern Ireland Mailing Lists
All Mailing lists There are many, kind people on these lists who are very helpful, and some professionals even volunteer their "expertise."
See Instruction for joining a MAILING LIST at the bottom of this page.
Message Boards on
the home page, go to the Collaborate Tab at the top and down to Message Boards
box and click on the "Go to the boards" link on the green strip.
In the Find a Board search engine, type in your surname or
locality. Then select the one you need, as there will several listed. Use
the Keyword box to type in your key word; it is strongly suggested
that you use a surname keyword on a locality board or a locality keyword
for a surname message board, or..go directly to
Find a Board
Message Boards on Genealogy.Com (GenForum)
Registery... Scroll down to Surname Registry...make
connections with others researching the same surname.
Irish Clans and Surnames
11-Surname Search on Irish Ancestors on Irish Times: This site is excellent!
Irish Surnames ...on the right side of page
Surname Thesaurus.....to find variations of spellings
but first, some general facts about Ireland.....
Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom.
The British Isles consist of Great Britain and Ireland (plus many small islands around the coast of both.)
Great Britain is politically divided into England, Scotland and Wales.Ireland is politically divided into Republic of Ireland (used to be Irish Free State or Eire) and Northern Ireland.
UK is United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, ruled from Westminster and regional parliaments and with Queen Elizabeth II as monarch.
The Republic of Ireland is now an independent, foreign country to the UK with its own president and parliament.
Historically Ireland is divided into four provinces; Leinster, Munster, Connought and Ulster. Ulster comprises nine counties of which three are in the Republic of Ireland and six in Northern Ireland.
LEINSTER: Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois
(Leix/Queen's),Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly (King's Co.), Westmeath, Wexford
MUNSTER: Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, and Waterford.
ULSTER: Divided in two sections --
(1) Northern Ireland : Antrim, Armagh, Derry/Londonderry, Down, Fermanagh, and Tyrone.
(2) Republic of Ireland: Cavan, Donegal, and Monaghan.
CONNAUGHT: Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.
OK.....now the web sites....
Jurisdictions: Administrative Division of Ireland, Province, Barony,
13-IreAtlas Townland Database...Seanruad
14-Ordinance Survey Map--Mapviewer
Maps of Ireland
Maps of Ulster graveyards----religious distribution "History of Headstones" click on "maps"http://www.findmypast.ie/
Parish Maps of Northern Ireland.....
Townlands of Ulster
Ireland's History in Maps
15.5 - IMPORTANT: Roman Catholic Parish Registers now found at these 4 sites below; Coverage is 1655-1915 depending on which database.
Find My Past: Scroll down and to the right are other options of Parish Records
Ancestry: SEARCH tab at top: All collections; Scroll down to LOCATION and click on UK and Irelanad; Clink on Ireland in the map: Ireland Catholic Parish registers Indexed
National Library of Ireland has Catholic Parish Registers, Browse only; enter Parish name
Irish Family History Foundation.(RootsIreland.ie)....a pay site, but a very important place to search for records... This site is updated often with new records available from the various counties.
16 - List of Church of Ireland Parish Registers: The Church of Ireland has just published an updated list of Historic parish registers for Ireland. This very useful 96-page pdf document list sby parish and diocese what baptisms, marriages, and burial records exist by date range and where to find them, including where to look online.
16.5-Irish Family History Foundation.(RootsIreland)....a pay site, but a very important place to search for records... This site is updated often with new records available from the various counties.
17-Irish Genealogy: FREE Church Records of Kerry, Dublin, Carlow, and the RC Dioceses of Cork and Ross...notice the "Church Records" link at the top
18-Bill Macafee's Website: One Stop-Shopping for County Derry......if you're a Derry researcher, don't miss this site!
19-Irish Records on Ancestry: Home page >Search >Scroll down to the UK and Ireland link. Click on map of Northern Ireland and Ireland separately, as there are databases for each.
20-County Heritage Centers- find out which records are indexed on the above site. Click on "Counties Online" at the right; click on a closeup of your county and note the sources available for that county and research centers located in that county.
21-Irish Ancestry on "Irish Times"...an excellent site for earnest researchers; excellent showing of counties, parishes, and townlands and availability of records
About the Calendar Wills and Administration (National Archives)-...read this before using the site below
22- Calendar of Wills...unavailable
Ireland Genealogy Project Archives (IGP).....a good place to share your Irish resources...also click on the bearded man at the bottom to bring up the Archives of this project
Isles and North America Batch numbers
Headstones--a subscription site with a free inscription search
Burial Records on "Ancestors at Rest"
Interment ....Cemetery Links
All Ireland Directories
Ireland Genealogy Links....by county...contains many vital records
Ireland Marriages and Marriage Database
23-Italian Genealogy Group for NYC vital records and naturalization indexes If your kin came into NYC, this is a great place to look. I have personally found a number of records fo my kin here.
Irish Wills on Ancestry
24-Batch Numbers ( Hugh Wallis site) Click on County >Parish or town >Fill in name and see who comes up in that Parish !
Isles and North America Batch numbers
25-A Guide to Church Records at PRONI
RC, Presbyterian, and Church of Ireland Records...use the search engine at the top right
26-Church Records from " Irish Ancestors " follow links at the left..
Church Records at PRONI Use the search engine at the top
right ie: church records
28-Roman Catholic Records ...from "Irish Ancestors"...bring up by county and then parish...shows where the records are held.
29-Records from the National Library of Ireland in Dublin..
Roman Catholic Parish Registers (Brian
30-Roman Catholic Church Records at PRONI
Church of Ireland records (Brian Mitchell)
31-Index to the Church of Ireland Records at PRONI. Use search engine at the top right
EMMIGRATION AND PASSENGER LISTS
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To Post: theshipslist-L@rootsweb.com
33-Castlegarden...Offers free access to an extraordinary database of information on 10 million immigrants from 1830 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened.
Irish Passenger Lists Research Guide..........worth reading before you dive in!!
34-The Ships List
From Ireland to America (Ancestry.com)
35- Irish Emigrants into New York City 1846-1851(Ancestry)
36-Irish Immigration to US and Canada (Olive Tree Genealogy)
37-Irish Ships Passenger Lists (Olive Tree Genealogy)
38-Ships Passenger Lists From Ireland 1811 (Olive Tree Genealogy)
Peter Robinson settlers...Ireland to Canada (Olive Tree Genealogy)
List of Poor sent from England to Ireland (1860-1862)
Irish Passengers Lists
More Irish Passenger Lists
39-Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild
Ireland to Quebec/Ireland to Pennsylvania (Olive Tree Genealogy)
Galway to NYC....1851 (Famine Immigrants) Book 2 of the above Book 3 of the above
Gateway to searchable online passenger lists....in case you missed one of the sites listed above
All Ireland Passenger Lists...many overlap with those above....but contains some different ones
Passenger lists from Donegal
Irish Passenger Lists
40-The Irish in America...read this before using the following site
41-Missing Friends: Search for Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot
42-GOOGLE BOOK or just GOOGLE: Search for Biographical Albums of the county of which your Irish kin settled
GREAT LINKS TO IRISH RESOURCES
History Workshops from Boyd Gray Boyd Gray is an
experienced Irish researcher living in County Donegal Ireland,. His
primary genealogy interests are related to West Ulster and in particular
Counties Donegal, Tyrone, and Londonderry.
Ireland Reaching Out....a fairly new site of Irish Resources
About the Abercorn Papers..from PRONI,,,,,also see this link from the LDS catalog
Irish Genealogy Project--IGP ...links also found on some counties in the table below
Calendar of Wills online for the Londonderry Probate area (PRONI) 1858-1900......search engine...
These were a brief outline of wills and Letters of Application (for those who died intestate) which are currently kept either in Derry Probate Office or Belfast PRONI.
They often give next of kin.
Locating where your family lived in Ireland....you're not alone if you don't know!!
Social Security Death Index (US...go to Ancestry home page...up to SEARCH...down to birth, marriages, deaths...then over at the right column: 'US Social Security Death Index"
The Great Irish Potato Famine...the story of....
Fianna.....Great resources found here!
Bob's Genealogy links
Irish Ancestors Page...Great info about Irish terminology and resources --a real fun site!!
Cyndi's List for Ireland and Northern Ireland
Ulster Ancestry Links ....there are many Free links that you can use on this site!
Pigot & Co's Provincial Directory of Ireland 1824
Newspaper Archive Ireland
Irish Genealogy News-Blogs about what's new in Irish Research
LIBRARIES AND HERITAGE CENTERS
The Public Record Office of Northern
The General Record Office of Northern Ireland (GRO)
National Library of Ireland (Dublin)
National Archives of Ireland
Irish Heritage Centers--North and South
CIVIL REGISTRATION and ORDERING CERTIFICATES
Civil Registration index on LDS films-births
Civil Registration index on LDS films-marriages
What BMD certificates are available from the General Record Office?
Ordering BMD Certificates for Northern Ireland (NIdirect)
Ordering BMD Certificates for Ireland
Irish Family History Foundation---Online Service---see above
Ancestry.com......Many good Irish resources...check back often. ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH RECORDS now on Ancestry.
Ulster Ancestry ...an excellent profesional service site, but first click on "Free Pages" at top of home page.....ask a question and Robert will answer and be very helpful
AncestryIreland..enter surname in search box for free databases
Find My Past Ireland: The earliest records date back to the 13th century (wills) and include several important collections from the 18th century (The Elphin Census 1749 and the 1798 Rebellion records). The collection includes the exclusive publication of the Landed Estates Court records, a crucial resource for the mid- to late-19th century, which includes details of over 500,000 tenants on Irish estates.
Below are just a few of the many good sites for each county. Please excuse broken links as it is hard to keep up with changes.
|ANTRIM||Antrim GenWeb Project||Antrim Genealogy Links||Antrim 1851 Census|
|ARMAGH||Armagh GenWeb Project||ArmaghGenealogy Links||Genealogy Forum|
|CARLOW||Carlow GenWeb Project||Carlow Genealogy Links||Cemeteries of Carlow||Genealogy Forum|
|CAVAN||Cavan GenWeb Project||Cavan Genealogy Links||Cavan Marriages||Genuki Cavan||Genealogy Forum|
|CLARE||Clare GenWeb Project||Clare County Library
|Clare County Marriages||Griffith Valuation and Surnames||Clare County Resources|
|CORK||Cork GenWeb Project||Cork Genealogy Links||County Cork||Genuki Cork||Genealogy Forum|
|DERRY||Derry GenWeb Project||Derry Genealogy Links||Derry Ireland Genealogy Project||GO HERE FIRST||Genealogy Forum|
|DONEGAL||Data Index||Boyd Gray Workshops||Civil Parishes & Townlands||Donegal Genealogy Sources|
|DOWN||Down GenWeb Project||RootsIreland Resources||Genealogy Forum||Surnames of County Down||Raymond's Co Down Site|
|DUBLIN||Dublin GenWeb Project||Dublin Church Records||Dublin County Genealogy Project||Dublin Cemeteries||Genuki Dublin||Church Records|
|FERMANAGH||Fermanagh GenWeb||Fermanagh Roman Catholic Records||Fermanagh Ireland Genealogy Project||County Fermanagh||Genuki Fermanagh||Tithe Applotments|
|GALWAY||Galway GenWeb Project||Galway Roman Catholic Records||Galway Records on Rootsireland.ie||Misc Vital Records||Country Galway Resources||Genealogy Forum|
|KERRY||Kerry GenWeb Project||Kerry Vital Records
on Irish Genealogy
|Kerry Marriage Records||Catholic Parish Churches||Church Records|
|KILDARE||Kildare GenWeb Project||Kildare Church Records||Kildare Genealogy Project||Kildare Marriages||Genuki Kildare||Genealogy Forum|
|KILKINNEY||Kilkenny GenWeb Project||Kilkinny Roman Catholic Records||Kilkenny Genealogy Project||Kilkenny Resources||Genuki Kilkenny||Genealogy Forum|
|LAOIS||Laois GenWeb Project||Laois Church Records||Laois Genealogy Project||Laois Genealogy Queries||Genuki Laois||Genealogy Forum|
|LEITRIM||Leitrim GenWeb Project||Leitrim Roman Catholic Records||Leitrim Genealogy Project||Leitrim Genealogy Genter||Leitrim Genealogy||Genealogy Forum|
|LIMERICK||Limerick GenWeb Project||Limerick Genealogy||RootsIreland Resources||Limerick Resources||Limerick Genealogy|
|LONGFORD||Longford GenWeb Project||Longford R C Records||Longford Marriages||Genuki Longford||Genealogy Forum|
|LOUTH||Louth GenWeb Project||Louth Roman Catholic Records||Louth Genealogy Project||Louth Marriages||Genuki Louth||Genealogy Forum|
|MAYO||Mayo GenWeb Project||Mayo Genealogy Links||Mayo Genealogy Project||Mayo R C Records||Genuki Mayo||Genealogy Forum|
|MEATH||Meath GenWeb Project||Meath Roman Catholic Records||Meath Genealogy Project||Meath Cemeteries||Genuki Meath||Genealogy Forum|
|MONAGHAN||Monagham Roman Catholic Records||Monaghan Genealogy Project||Monaghan Marriages||Genuki Monaghan||Genealogy Forum|
|OFFALY||Offaly GenWeb Project||Offaly Roman Catholic Records||Offaly Cemeteries||Offaly-From Ireland||Genuki Offaly||Genealogy Forum|
|ROSCOMMON||Roscommon GenWeb||Roscommon Roman Catholic Records||Roscommon Genesalogy||RootsIreland Resources||Roscommon Genealogy||Genealogy Forum|
|SLIGO||Sligo GenWeb||Sligo Roman Catholic Records||Sligo Genealogy Forum||Sligo Genealogy Centers||Sligo Tithe 1824|
|TIPPERARY||Tipperary GenWeb||Tipperary Genealogy Forum||Tipperary County Resources||N. Tipperary Geneology Centre|
|TYRONE||Tyrone GenWeb Project||County Tyrone Website||Tyrone Genealogy Project||RootsIreland Resources||RootsIreland Resources|
|WATERFORD||Waterford GenWeb||Waterford Roman Catholic Records||RootsIreland Resources||Genuki Waterford||Genealogy Forum|
|WESTMEATH||Westmeath GenWeb||Westmeath Roman Catholic Records||Westmeath Resources Online||Westmeath Genealogy Project||Genuki Westmeath||Genealogy Forum|
|WEXFORD||Wexford GenWeb||Wexford From-Ireland||Wexford Cemetery Records||Genuki Wexford||Genealogy Forum|
|WICKLOW||Wicklow GenWeb||Wicklow Genealogy Links||Wicklow Genealogy Project||Wicklow Cemetery Records||Genealogy Forum|
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