Ireland Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives, Libraries   3: Civil Registration   4: Census   5: Church and Cemetery Records   6: Emigration and Immigration   7: Military Records   8: Land, Property, Probate   9: Maps and Gazetteers   10: Newspapers   11: Websites   12: Search Records   13: Get Help       





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Goal 1: Learn about research in Ireland.


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A. Get started with Irish research.

  1. Learn the basics of Irish research in these videos.
    FS—Getting Started in Irish Genealogy—15:13
    | AC—Beginning Irish Research—29:50
  2. Learn about Ireland genealogy in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Ireland Genealogy
  3. Learn about Irish record sources on the Irish Genealogical Society Intl. site.
  4. Get started with Irish resources on the Fianna Rootswebsite.
  5. Here are some tips for starting your Irish research.
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    Starting Your Irish Research
  6. Learn secrets for successful Irish family research in this Findmypast video.
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    FMP—Secrets for Successful Irish Family Research
  7. Read the Irish Guide from American Ancestors.
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    AA: Irish Guide

B. Go deeper into Irish research.

  1. Get tips for finding Irish records.
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    AC—Tips for Finding Irish Records

    FMP—Irish Records—17:32
  2. Here are some expert tips for researching Irish ancestors.
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    AC—Tips for Researching Irish Ancestors—6:57
  3. Explore the JohnGrenham.com site to learn about record types.
  4. Explore the Forebears.io site for research records.
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  6. Get an overview of Irish place names in this article.
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    Irish Places
  7. Use the FamilySearch clickable map for counties in Ireland.
  8. Learn about useful websites for Irish research.
    FS—Key Websites for Tracing Ancestry in Ireland—52:11
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  10. Learn how to plan an effective research trip to Ireland.
    AC—Planning a Research Trip to Ireland

C. Explore Irish names.

  1. Learn about Irish names and naming patterns in this About.com article.
    AB—Common Irish Last Names
  2. Explore surname distribution (a map where certain surnames are prevalent) in Ireland.
  3. Learn about potential research challenges with Irish names.
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    The Problem of Names



Goal 2: Learn about Ireland archives, libraries, and directories.


Choices

A. Learn about Ireland archives and libraries.

  1. Learn about Irish names and naming patterns in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Ireland Archives and Libraries
  2. Explore additional websites for archives and libraries.
  3. Explore the National Library of Ireland for genealogy resources.
  4. Explore the Archives Portal Europe site.
  5. Explore free books online on the GenGateway site.
  6. Explore the Books We Own site for books that can be checked out or researched for you by others.

B. Learn about Irish directories.

  1. Explore the John Grenham site for information on tracking the location of Irish ancestors in town directories.
  2. Explore the directories and population information on the Library Ireland site.



Goal 3: Learn about Ireland civil registration and vital records.


Choices

A. Learn about Ireland civil registration.

  1. Learn about Irish civil registration in this article.
    FS—Wiki: Ireland Civil Registration
  2. See also the External Links section of the page.
  3. Use civil registration records in your Irish research.
    FS—Civil Registration
    | FS—Civil Registration—80:30
  4. Learn how to find your ancestry in Ireland civil registration records.
    FS—Finding Ancestry in Ireland Civil Registration Records—46:31
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  6. Learn about births, marrriages, and deaths in Ireland and Scotland.
    National Archives: BMD in Scotland and Ireland
  7. Learn about Irish vital records and civil registration in these articles.
    AB—Ireland Vital Records, Civil Registration
    | FS—Ireland Civil Registration—4 pgs.

B. Explore Irish vital records.

  1. Learn about Irish vital records in the Fianna website.
  2. Explore state registration of BMD records in the Dusty Docs website.
  3. Explore the Irish Genealogy Research Society (IRGS) site for marriage records.



Goal 4: Learn about Ireland census records.

Choices

A. Learn about Irish census records.

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  1. Learn about Ireland census records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Ireland Census Records
  2. Learn about Irish census and substitute records.
    FS—Census and Substitutes—57:46

    FS—Irish Census and Substitutes—10 pgs.
  3. See also the Web Sites section of the Irish census page.
  4. Learn more about Irish census records on the Fianna site.
  5. Download the Irish 1910/1911 Census worksheet from FamilySearch.

B. Learn more about census records in Ireland.

  1. Explore the John Grenham site for information on Irish census records.
  2. Explore the Census Online site for information on Irish census records.
  3. Explore the CensusLinks site for Irish census records.



Goal 5: Learn about Ireland church, religious, and cemetery records.


Choices

A. Learn about Ireland church records.

  1. Learn about Ireland church records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Ireland Church Records
    | FS—Ireland Church Records—3 pgs.
  2. See also the External Links section at the end of the article, and the Search Strategies and Indexes section just before that.
  3. Watch this video to use church records in your Irish research.
    FS—Church Records—39:00
  4. Learn about using Ireland Catholic Church records in research.
    FS—Ireland Catholic Church Records—3 pgs.
  5. Explore Jewish genealogy in the U.K. and Ireland in this guide from the Center for Jewish History site.

B. Explore Irish church records.

  1. Explore the Irish Times site for information on a variety of Irish church records.
  2. Use the Parish Finder site to search for parishes and Chapman Codes in Ireland.
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  4. Explore the Dusty Docs site for links to Irish websites with parish records.
  5. Learn about Irish Protestant Church records in Ireland.
    FS—Irish Protestant Church records in Ireland— 60:23
  6. Learn about Ireland Presbyterian Church records.
    FS—Ireland Presbyterian Church Records— 52:53
  7. Get an overview of Catholic Church records in Ireland.
    FS—Ireland Catholic Church Records, Part 1—19:46
    | FS—Ireland Catholic Church Records, Part 2—24:11
  8. Explore Catholic parish registers at the National Library of Ireland site.
  9. Learn more about Catholic parish records in Ireland.
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    AC—Finding Your Irish Roots

    FMP—Irish Catholic Parish Registers—18:59
  10. Explore the Jewish Genealogy Encyclopedia for Jewish resources in Argentina.

C. Learn about Ireland cemetery records.

  1. Learn about Ireland cemetery records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Ireland Cemetery Records
  2. Explore the Ancestors at Rest website for Irish cemetery records.
  3. Explore Irish gravestone records in the From-Ireland site.
  4. Explore the IGP Headstone Project at the Ireland genealogy projects site.
  5. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  6. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
  7. Explore additional websites for cemeteries and burials.



Goal 6: Learn about Ireland emigration and immigration.


Choices

A. Learn about Ireland emigration and immigration.

B. Explore Irish emigration.

  1. As a starting point, learn to find Irish ancestors in America after emigration.
    Finding Your Irish Ancestors in America
  2. Explore additional websites for emigration and immigration, as well as passenger lists.
  3. Learn how to track Scots-Irish ancestors, who lived in Ulster, Ireland and came from Scotland and northern England.
    FS Wiki—Ulster and Scots-Irish—27:00

    FS Wiki—Scotch-Irish Research
  4. Explore the Immigrant Ships site for resources on Irish passenger lists and emigration.



Goal 7: Learn about Ireland military records.


Choices

A. Learn about Ireland military records.

  1. Learn about Ireland military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Ireland Military Records
  2. Explore Irish Army census records.
  3. Explore additional websites for military records.
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Goal 8: Learn about Ireland land, property, and probate records.


Choices

A. Learn about Ireland land and property records.

  1. Learn about Ireland land and property records in this article.
    FS—Wiki: Ireland Land and Property Records
  2. See also the Websites section at the end of the article.
  3. Explore the John Grenham site for information on valuations and tithe books.
  4. Learn about the Griffith's Valuation of Irish land and its genealogy clues.
    AC—Ireland, Griffith's Valuation

B. Learn about Ireland probate records and wills.

  1. Learn about Ireland probate records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Ireland Probate Records
  2. Learn about the Index of Irish Wills on Findmypast.
    FMP—Index of Irish Wills, 1484-1858
  3. Explore the Calendars of Wills and Administrations on the National Archives site.
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Goal 9: Learn about Ireland maps and gazetteers.


Choices

A. Learn about Ireland maps and gazetteers.

  1. Learn about Ireland maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Ireland Maps
  2. Explore Ireland's History in Maps on the RootsWeb site.
  3. See also the Ireland through the Centuries and the External Links sections in the article.
  4. Access the Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland on the Library Ireland site.
  5. Learn about Ireland gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Ireland Gazetteers
  6. Learn about Irish jurisdictions and places in this article.
    FS—Wiki: Understanding Places in Ireland—5 pgs.

B. Explore Irish geographical resources.

  1. Explore old ordinance survey maps for Ireland.
  2. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Ireland maps.
  3. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Ireland.
  4. Explore old maps of Ireland in the 1900 Collection.
  5. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Ireland maps.



Goal 10: Learn about Ireland newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Ireland newspapers.

  1. Learn about newspapers in Ireland in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Ireland Newspapers
  2. Explore additional websites for newspapers.
  3. Learn more about Irish newspapers on the John Grenham site.
  4. Use Irish newspaper articles to track ancestors.
    FS—Using Irish Newspapers


B. Explore Ireland newspapers for ancestor research.

  1. Search Ireland newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  2. Search Irish newspapers in the newspapers.com site.
  3. Search Ireland newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search Irish newspapers in the ABYZ News Links site.



Goal 11: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Irish research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  3. Explore links in the Fianna Rootswebsite.
  4. Explore more resources for Irish research.
    AA—Irish Resources
  5. Explore Northern Ireland records in the Emerald Ancestors site.



Goal 12: Search records from Ireland.


Choices

A. Use links to quickly search the most common record collections for Ireland.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. Click a link in the first section to search a FamilySearch collection.
  2. Click a link in the second section to search an Ancestry collection.

B. Explore additional record collections.

  1. Explore the FamilySearch page for Irish online record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast or MyHeritage), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.
  3. Find genealogy websites for researching Irish ancestors.
    Best Websites for Researching Irish Ancestors

C. Explore GenealogyInTime for Irish records.

  1. Explore the Ireland and Wales page of the GenealogyInTime website. Record collections are listed and described in order from newest to oldest additions, including FamilySearch, Ancestry, and many other sources.



Goal 13: Get help with your Irish research.


Choices

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Irish Genealogy page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Ireland: Genealogy and Heritage page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the Ireland Genealogy! Just Ask! page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the British Isles Genealogy Research Community on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Ireland.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Ireland research.

  1. Get free help with your Ireland research questions from members of the RootsChat forum.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Ireland research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Irish research mailing lists available on Cyndi's list.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Ireland research.

C. Learn about Ireland genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about Ireland genealogy societies in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Ireland Societies
  2. Explore Ireland genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.


QUIKLinks

FamilySearch   All Historical   Catalog
Census:   1851   1841   1831   1821  
Births and Baptisms: 1620-1881
Marriages: 1619-1898
Civil Registration Marriages Index: 1845-1958
Wills and Administrations: 1858-1920
Landed Estate Court Files: 1850-1885
Prison Registers: 1790-1924
Tithe Applotment Books: 1814-1855
Court Registers: 1828-1912
Irish Famine Passenger Index 1846-1851


Ancestry    All Ireland
Select Births & Baptisms:   1620-1911   Census: 1911   1901
Belfast Newsletter BMDs:   1738-1925
Civil Registration Births Index:   1864-1958
Civil Registration Deaths Index:   1864-1958
Burial Index:   1600-1927
Catholic Births and Baptisms:   1763-1912
Catholic Parish Baptisms:   1742-1881
Catholic Marriage Registers:   1775-1912
Dublin Probate, Marr. Licenses:   1270-1858
Griffith's Valuation:   1847-1864


Findmypast    All Ireland
Index of Irish Wills:   1484-1858
Irish Deaths:    1864-1958  


MyHeritage    All Ireland
Passengers Arriving in NY:   1846-1851
Slater's Dir. of Ireland:    1894   1881   1870   1846  





Ireland Counties

Ireland


Carlow     Cavan     Clare     Cork     Donegal     Dublin     Galway     Kerry    
Kildare     Kilkenny     Laois     Leitrim    Limerick     Longford     Louth     Mayo    
Meath     Monaghan     Offaly     Roscommon    Sligo     Tipperary     Waterford     Westmeath    
Wexford     Wicklow    
Northern Ireland


Antrim     Armagh     Down     Fermanagh     Londonderry     Tyrone