Are you Irish?

Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, UK 

In 1921,  Ireland was petitioned segregating Northern Ireland (UK) and Southern Ireland (Republic of Ireland).

This site  makes no distinction. Ireland is treated as one although records often do not. A bit of a frustration, indeed...

Irish Emigrant Trails

Irish Emigrant Trails creates custom family genealogy trails of Ireland’s South East. to help people gain some insight into their ancestors life and times.

"Have you always wondered where your ancestors came from ? Do you want to get a real feel for what Ireland in their time was like ? Why not take advantage of one of our custom made trails and find where it all began …"

Also find them on Facebook.

Note that some sites are fee-based.

Family Search Organization 

Good place to start is Family Search Org's 'RECORDS' search by Collections . Snip of the page follows

Irish Passenger Lists

Official (outbound) passenger lists from Ireland exist from 1890 and they are held in the Board of Trade records (reference BT27) in the National Archives, Kew, Surrey, England

Prior to 1890, you are more likely to identify passengers at the port of arrival as opposed to the port of departure. 

Roots Ireland provides links to searchable databases  Search



Irish Genealogy Database Search

Ulster Historical Foundation  Irish Genealogy Data Bases Search   It's a mixture of free, pay-per-view and paid membership.  Go HERE

Irish Census Returns

Sadly, despite census enumerations being taken every decade in Ireland from 1821, the earliest surviving complete return for all Ireland is that of 1901.

The first four census enumerations (1821, 1831, 1841 and 1851) were largely destroyed by fire at Dublin's Public Record Office in June 1922. The census records for 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891 were destroyed by order of the government. Sometimes the bureaucratic mind is a scary place, indeed!  

PRONI has the full data and original census image for 1901 and 1911 years plus fragments of earlier surviving censuses areavailable online free.  Go HERE

Church of Ireland Graveyards   

The Maghera and District Genealogy & History Society online list of cemetery headstone transcriptions

The Irish Genealogy site  includes a search tool for steering you to on-line sources related to genealogical information related to the Republic.

Irish Maps c1558 - 1610 at The National Archives  UK

Other useful links fo researching Irish ancestors

PRONI wills calendar SEARCH 

Irish English Resource Centre GO

National Library of Ireland  Catholic Parish records from 1740 to 1880. Includes the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This website contains baptism and marriage record images.of Catholic parish register  SEARCH

UK's NI DIrect, Northern Ireland Family History and heritage with links to Groni and Proni  GO

Ireland Park Foundation  - dedicated to celebrating the Irish in Canada. Includes Famine Memorial with engraved names of 675 who died from famine. GO

The New Brunswick Irish Portal   

SEARCH passenger lists, newspaper items and other data from Ireland to New Brunswick during the early 1800's.

Tithe Applotment Books  cover the period 1823 to 1837 (years for which census records were lost) for the Republic.

The Great Parchment Book Land Survey 1639

The Great Parchment Bookcompiled in 1639 under Charles I, surveyed estates in Londonderry that were managed by the City of London through the Irish Society and the City of London livery companies. It represents a hugely important source for the City of London’s role in the Protestant colonisation and administration of Ulster. Damaged as the result of a fire at Guildhall in 1786, it has been unavailable to researchers for over 200 years.  Now online and searchable by name, place or company type. Some images are already available with more to come. Search People Places or Companies.

Available documents of the -   17th century  18th century   19th century

Compiled by Rootsweb, these are summary listings of available genealogical information sources for the selected time period.

1776 Religious Census of Ireland

This database is an alphabetical index to surviving fragments of the 1776 Religious Census of Ireland. The index covers over 11,000 heads of households, giving their names, parish and religion.  Viewing the actual record/image is fee-based at  SEARCH

Church Records at Proni

This PRONI guide summarizes surviving and available church records. VIEW

Bureau of Military History     

The Collection at Military Archives is a joint initiative of Military Archives and the National Archives and allows you to search free of charge.  Lots to read and see here including witness statements of the 1916 rebellion.   GO

Freeholders Voting Records

Freeholders' lists include people entitled to vote, or who voted, at elections.

A freeholder was a man who owned his land outright (in fee) or who held it by lease which could be for one or more lives (for example, his own life or for the lives of other people named in the lease).

From 1727 to 1793 only Protestants with a freehold worth at least 40 shillings a year were legally permitted to vote. 

Between 1793 and 1829 both Protestants and Catholics with 40 shilling freeholds could vote, but in 1829 the franchise level was increased to 10 pounds, so 40 shilling freeholders were no longer allowed to vote.

This last measure increased the influence of landlords by effectively confining membership of Parliament to the propertied or monied classes.

Freeholder records contain land details, occupation and religion of owner.   SEARCH   


Wills can provide valuable information on where ancestors lived, children and their spouses and hints at dates of death for spouses or children not mentioned.    

PRONI offers a searchable index to the will calendar entries for the three District Probate Registries of Armagh, Belfast and Londonderry, with the facility to view the entire will calendar entry for each successful search.  The database covers the period 1858-1919 and 1922-1943.  Part of 1921 has been added, with remaining entries for 1920-1921 to follow in the near future.  

Digitised images of entries from the copy will books covering the period 1858-1900 are now available online, allowing users to view the full content of a will.  93,388 will images are now available to view.  Go HERE

Irish Park Foundation  created Ireland Park in Toronto to commemorate the thousands of Irish Immigrants who fled the potato famine.  In 1847 more than 38,000 Irish men, women and children landed on the shores of Toronto.  Almost 1,100 did not survive and died upon their arrival.  At the outset of this project, there were only 30 names, but we are pleased to have uncovered a total to date of 675.  Their names will be forever engraved in the limestone at Ireland Park.  

Can you hear me now?

This website, Irish English Resource Centre is compiled by Raymond Hickey and includes a Sound Atlas of Irish English.  By clicking on the 'ear',under, under the map,  you can hear the voice of your ancestors.  The site is also offers rich material on the historical and regional diversity of Irish English.   Go HERE

The Ulster Covenant

The archive of the Ulster Unionist Council contains just under half a million original signatures and addresses of the men who, on 28 September 1912, signed the Ulster Covenant, and of the women who signed the parallel Declaration. In total, the Covenant was signed by 237,368 men, and the Declaration by 234,046 women.   PRONI offers online searchable database of original signature sheets (sample above).  Go HERE

Griffiths Valuation Land Registration 1848 

Ask About Ireland and the Cultural Heritage Project is an initiative of public libraries together with local museums and archives in the digitization and online publication of the original, the unusual and the unique material from their local studies' collections.  

One project was the digitization of the Griffith's Valuation, one of the few surviving historical documents of the mid 1800's.  

Searchable by Place Name or Surname, you can view your ancestors property in the comfort of your home including satellite view.  

Zoom in for street names then let Google Street View take you on a tour of the area.  It's a marvelous addition to the genealogical too kit. Go HERE

Following are useful sites for Irish genealogical information and research.

Family Search Historical Record Collection Index (filter 'Ireland")  

Family Search  records index including birth, marriage, death, probate, land military Records Search (free). 

Proni has published a listing of available parish records in Northern Ireland.  An Irish Genealogical Source: A Guide to Church Records.


Maghera District Genealogy and History Society

The Maghera District Genealogy & History Society is a wonderful source of information, including images, for the north Maghera and surrounding areas within a 10 mile radius.  All spreadsheets etc are free although a donations are appreciated if you can.  The group is active on Facebook and the page owners are tremendously helpful in answering queries.  They have a great selection of transcribed excel worksheets of graveyard, census and other historical information.