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CoraWeb - helping you trace your family history
See also Ireland County Sites
 
  Irish Research on the Internet - 2nd edition 2013, updated 2014

 Archives and Libraries
National Archives of Ireland offers research and genealogy information. Online resources can be accessed using the Online Finding Aid Databases link on the homepage. Records of interest include the Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1845-1847, Probate Offices (searches the Testamentary Index from 1983), Ireland-Australia transportation database and the directory of sources for women's history in Ireland. 

National Archives of Ireland - Genealogy site This site offers free access to searchable databases and images of the original records for:
• Census Records for 1901 and 1911
• Tithe Applotment Books 1823 to 1837 - These books were compiled in order to establish the amount occupiers of agricultural land over one acre should pay towards the upkeep of the Church of Ireland. The taxable land in each parish was surveyed, giving the names of the occupiers of land in each townland, the acreage and class of land they held, and the amount of taxes (tithes) they were liable for
• Soldiers’ Wills 1914 to 1917. This collection of wills of Irish soldiers who died while serving in the British Army includes a small number from the South African War, 1899-1902. Wills for the period 1918-1922 will be added in 2013
• Calendars of Wills and Administrations 1858 to 1922 - Search by deceased name and also by name of executor/beneficiary. The Calendars give details of principal family relationships and the deceased's occupation, address and assets. New 
Other records to be added to this site include:
• Nineteenth century census survivals, 1821-51
•Valuation Office House and Field Books, 1848-1869
• Census Search Forms for the 1841 and 1851 censuses

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland offers information and online guides including a PRONI Guide to Church Records . Online databases include Freeholders' Records, Ulster Covenant, Wills Calendars, Name Search and Street Directory databases. See Databases for details.

 

National Library of Ireland offers access to online catalogues and databases. Click on the Family History Research link for access to a Family History Getting Started guide that can be downloaded as a PDF file. The online catalogue searches across printed, manuscript, visual and digitised material (including 33,000+ photographic images). 

National Library of Ireland - Details of Catholic parish registers held. This is available as PDF downloads. 

 

Sources: A National Library of Ireland database for Irish research. It contains over 180,000+ catalogue records for Irish manuscripts and for articles in Irish periodicals. 

National Library of Ireland, Irish Historic Photographs. Over 33,000 historic photographs of Ireland are available online.

Ask about Ireland  project is an initiative of the Irish public libraries, local museums and archives to digitise and online publish original, unusual and unique material from their local studies' collections. Use the Reading Room link to access a vast collection of unique digital books. The collection can be viewed by county or subject. Books can be viewed online (PDF file to your browser).


List of Libraries in Ireland with links to available websites. This site is by Ask about Ireland.


Irish Archives Resource. This site contains information about archival collections open for public research in Ireland. Its purpose is to aid researchers in finding collections relevant to their studies.

 

 

RASCAL - Research and Special Collections Available Locally (Ireland)- is an electronic gateway to research resources in Ireland. Use this site to search and browse information about the wide range of research and special collections held in libraries, museums and archives across Ireland.

COPAC offers searches of 70+ UK and Irish academic, national & specialist library catalogues merged online. 

 

Birth, Death and Marriage Records  
CoraWeb Quick Sheet 007 UK & Ireland, New Zealand: Certificate costs and contacts
 

General Register Office of Northern Ireland (GRONI) online search facility for Northern Ireland birth, death and marriage records. It is free to search the indexes and charges apply to access digitial copies of the records. Registration indexes held by GRONI include:
• Births registered in Northern Ireland from 1 January 1864
• Adoptions recorded in the Adopted Children Register Northern Ireland from 1 January 1931
• Deaths registered in Northern Ireland from 1 January 1864
• Registered non-Roman Catholic marriages from 1 April 1845 and all registered marriages from 1 January 1864
• Civil partnerships registered in Northern Ireland from 5 December 2005
• World War II death indexes from 1939 to 1945
Online access is available for
• Birth records over 100 years old
• Marriage records over 75 years old
• Death records (including World War II death records) over 50 years old  New

 

FamilySearch The Historical Record Collections for United Kingdom and Ireland include:

• Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
• Civil Registration Indexes, birth, death & marriages 1864-1958. Marriage index 1845-1864 (non-Catholic)
• Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1920
• Deaths, 1864-1870
• Landed Estate Court Files, 1850-1885 (in conjunction with findmypast.ie)
• Marriages, 1619-1898
• Prison Registers, 1790-1924 (in conjunction with findmypast.ie)
• Tithe Applotment Books, 1814-1855

 

Irish Genealogical Research Society  - Unique resources
Use the Resources link to access Unique Resources. These include:
• Early Irish Marriage Index (pre 1864) with 40, 000+ entries New

 

 

FamilySearch - Ireland Church Records Research Article is a great place to start your search. There is also a link to the free online research course on Ireland Church Records.

FamilySearch - Wiki article - Ireland Civil Registration which includes a link to a free online tutorial.

Irish Genealogy This free family history website by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht offers a 'one-stop' search facility for Irish records including:
• Church records - with access to 3+ million pre 1900 church record transcripts. Currently Church of Ireland records for Dublin City, Kerry and Carlow are available plus Roman Catholic records for Dublin City, the Diocese of Kerry and the Diocese of Cork & Ross. Free digital images of the original records are online if available.
• 1901/1911 Census records
• Tithe Applotments
• Soldier’s Wills
• Griffith’s Valuations
• Ireland - Australia Transportation database
• Military Archives
• Ellis Island (USA arrivals)
• National Photographic Archive from the National Library of Ireland

Ancestry.com - Ireland Birth, Marriage and Death collections
The records are fully indexed with a free surname search. Subscription options offer access to transcripts or digitised records.  The online data collections include Roman Catholic parish registers from a selection of parishes in Armagh, Carlow, Derry, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Laois, Limerick, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Sligo, Tipperary, Westmeath and Wicklow. These include:
Ireland, Select Catholic Confirmation Registers, 1775-1912 New
Ireland, Select Catholic Death and Burial Registers, 1767-1912 New
Ireland, Select Catholic Birth and Baptism Registers, 1763-1912 New
Ireland, Select Catholic Marriage Registers, 1775-1912 New
Other records include
Ireland, Civil Registration Births Index, 1864-1958
Ireland, Civil Registration Deaths Index, 1864-1958
Ireland, Civil Registration Marriages Index, 1845-1958
Ireland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1620-1911  
Ireland, Select Marriages, 1619-1898  
Ireland, Select Deaths, 1864-1870
Ireland, Selections of Catholic Parish Baptisms, 1742-1881  (40% of these records are from County Meath and 15% from County Roscommon)
Ireland, Selections of Catholic Parish Marriages and Banns, 1742-1884 (35% of these records are from County Meath and 15% from County Roscommon)
Ireland, Selections of Catholic Parish Deaths, 1756-1881 (50% of these records are from County Meath)
Irish Records Extraction Database  
Irish Independent Newspaper Obituaries: May 2001-June 2002
Index to Irish Marriages, 1771-1812  
Irish Marriages, 1771-1812  
Irish Gravestone Inscriptions
Dublin, Ireland, Probate Record and Marriage Licence Index, 1270-1858  
Web: County Kerry, Ireland, Burial Index, 1898-2010  
Great Britain, Royal Naval Division Casualties of The Great War, 1914-1924  
The registers of the Church of St. Michan, Dublin  
The register of the parish of S. Peter and S. Kevin, Dublin
Knocktemple Old Cemetery Inscriptions, County Cavan, Ireland  
The registers of St. John the Evangelist, Dublin : 1619 to 1699  
The registers of S. Catherine, Dublin, 1636-1715  
Louth, Ireland, Extracted Parish Records
Web: International, Find A Grave Index
Web: Ireland, Burial Index, 1600-1927
Note: Web Records are published online by entities other than Ancestry and are freely searchable and accessible
TIP: Ancestry.com. is available for free, onsite, at some state, public and family history libraries. Check what might be available onsite at a library near you. 

 

IrishGraveyards offers access to photographs and monumental inscriptions from digitally surveyed graveyards and cemeteries in Ireland.  Most of the records date from the 19th and 20th century.  Search results are in table format with a thumbnail picture of the grave. Click on the thumbnail to view and download the photograph. The surveys are ongoing and new cemeteries will be added to this site as they become available.

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives.  This site offers access to a valuable collection of material that is not readily available elsewhere including  monumental inscriptions, photographs of headstones, parish registers and civil registration records. 

Historic Graves. This is a community based project involving surveys of historic graveyards and the gathering of audio, video and textual stories of place and people. Currently most of the material online relates to Ireland.

Everafter. This County Antrim based site provides parishes and councils with a complete set of up-to-date graveyard records and an online Graveyard Management System to record future burials. There are 100,000+ graveyard records online plus a comprehensive online search facility. The search return includes a link to a photograph of the headstone (free).

Kerry Local Authority – Graveyard Records. This fully searchable site currently includes:
• 140 Kerry Local Authority Cemeteries
• 168 scanned books
• 70,000 indexed burial records indexed


GenWed Free Marriage Records Database and Directory for Genealogy Research. The Irish records are arranged by province. There are several search options available to search for free online records.

Roots Ireland This commercial site, by the Irish Family History Foundation, coordinators of the county genealogy centres network. Databases held by these centres can include parish records; civil registration records; census records and substitutes; cemetery inscriptions plus land records such as Griffith's Land Valuation indexes and the Tithe Applotment Books. Over 20 million+ records are online. This site operates on a credit system. There is no free name search but when you register (free) you can view 100 pages of search results at no charge, then the charge is one credit per view. It currently costs 25 credits (€5.00) to view a detailed record transcript (no original record images are available). There are 27 of the 32 counties online, though the records available vary from county to county. Make sure you read the search tips and online help to understand how to best use the standard and advanced search features. If you search on a county by county basis you can view the Sources list for each individual County Genealogy Centre. This allows you to see what records are available, if they cover the parish or area of interest and the correct time frame. TIP: Be aware that many of the records on this site are freely available elsewhere. These include the 1901 and 1911 census, Griffiths Valuation, Tithe Applotment Books and civil registration indexes. See Ireland County Sites for details on each county. 

Findmypast.ie. This commercial site is a collaboration between findmypast and Eneclann, a Dublin research and publishing company.
Records available include
• Land and Estate Records
• Griffith's Valuation of Ireland
• Irish Prison records
• Directories containing millions of records
• Military & rebellion records
• Migration records
• Wills dating back to the 13th century
There are two subscription options or PayAsYouGo.

Dustydocs is a 'web-linking site' for British baptism, marriage and burials records 1538 to 1900. The information is sourced from freely available church BMB records and validated user contributions. Searches can be conducted using family names and/or locations. Dustydocs categorises England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales into counties and towns to facilitate searches within specific locations. There is a section for the Channel Islands categoried by island - Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey and Sark.

Emerald Ancestors  This paid site offers online access to 1 million+ birth, marriage, death and census record transcripts for the Northern Ireland counties of Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone. A free name search is available.

The General Register Office offers information on birth, death and marriage records in the Republic of Ireland plus details on the location of church records.

Genfindit ordering service for Irish birth, death or marriage photocopies or certificates (1864-2009). Protestant marriages available from 1845. Updated

History from Headstones lists inscriptions from 800+ Northern Ireland graveyards. The databases cover counties Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone. There is a free surname search but there is a fee to view inscriptions.

County Waterford Death Registers (1864-1901)  on the Waterford County Council Library Service site. Enter Death Registers into the Searchbox. A search returns a full transcript from the original register. 

Ireland Old News, Irish Death Notice Index to 54,600+ obituaries of people who were born and/or died in Ireland, or whose deaths were mentioned in Irish newspapers. Includes 25,000+ entries from The Cork Examiner.

Roman Catholic Parish Maps Online on IrishTimes.com, Irish Ancestors site. There is a map of Ireland, just click on the county of interest and a map displaying all the parishes is displayed. Click on the parish of interest to see what records, date ranges and indexes are available, and where the records are held. Also use the Click here link for a list of placenames in the parish.

The Kabristan Archives is an organisation dedicated to preserving memorial inscriptions from graveyards in Ireland, the Indian sub-continent, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) and Jamaica, including many which no longer exist. This site offers a free search of the index with a fee obtain a copy of the monumental inscription.

Census Records
National Archives of Ireland, Census Records for Ireland 1901 and 1911. The household returns and ancillary records have been digitised and are available online for free. This fully searchable site offers a basic name, age and place search. Other search options available include religion, occupation, relationship to head of family, literacy status, county or country of origin, Irish language proficiency, specified illnesses, and child survival information. There is also a browse by county option available.

Clare County Library, Census Search Forms 1841 & 1851. When Ireland introduced the Old Age Pension in 1908 many applicants had no birth certificate as Civil Registration did not begin until 1864. So the 1841 and 1851 census returns were used to prove age. This database lists applicant's surname, birthdate/age, address, father's name, mother's maiden name, siblings plus census and other details.

Ireland Genealogy. When Ireland introduced the Old Age Pension in 1908 many applicants had no birth certificate as Civil Registration did not begin until 1864. So the 1841 and 1851 census returns were used to prove age. This commercial site has a database to the Old Age Pension Claim Forms held in the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland. Information from similar records (Census Search Forms), held by the National Archives in Dublin are being progressively added to this database. Searches are free but you do need to pay (£2 each) to view records found.

Databases
Ancestry.com. This commercial site offers access to a growing collection of Irish databases 170+ including gazeteers, topographical dictionaries, landed gentry publications and more. Use the Search tab and choose Card catalogue then Filter by Location - Ireland to see what is available.  This is a list of some of the resources available: 
• 1841/1851 Census Abstracts (Republic of Ireland)
• County Cork Ireland, A Collection of 1851 Census Records by Josephine Masterson
• Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1844-1847
• Guide to copies and abstracts of Irish wills by Wallace Clare
• Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810
• Index to Register of Deeds 1667
• Indexes to Irish Wills [1536-1857] by W. P. W. Phillimore and G Thrift
• Ireland 1766 religious census
• Ireland, Casualties of World War I, 1914-1918
• Irish flax growers list 1796
• Irish emigrants (USA/Canada) (various databases)
• Irish records index 1500-1920
• Knocktemple Old Cemetery Inscriptions, County Cavan, Ireland
• Louth, Ireland, extracted parish records
• Quaker Records, Dublin, Abstracts of Wills
• Register of wills and inventories of the Diocese of Dublin in the time of Archbishops Tregury and Walton, 1457-1483
• The registers of the Church of St. Michan, Dublin, Parish Register Society of Dublin by A Thom & Co, 1907.
• The register of the parish of S. Peter and S. Kevin, Dublin 1669-1761, Parish Register Society of Dublin by W Pollard & Co, 1911.
• The registers of St. John the Evangelist, Dublin: 1619 to 1699, Parish Register Society of Dublin by A Thom & Co, 1906.
• Registry of Deeds, Dublin: Abstracts of wills
• Return of Owners of Land in Ireland 1876
• Royal Irish Constabulary index 1816-1921
• Tithe Applotment Books, 1824-1837
• Griffith’s Valuation, 1848-1864 
• Lawrence Collection of photographs, 1870-1910
• Ordnance Survey, 1824-1846
 
Findmypast.ie. This commercial site is a collaboration between findmypast and Eneclann, a Dublin research and publishing company.
It features 3.5 million crime and legal records, almost 2 million names in directories and almanacs, one million BMD records, exclusive land and estate records, as well as census substitutes, travel and migration records, and the names and details of the Irish who fought in wars and rebellion. There are two subscription options or PayAsYouGo.

WorldVitalRecords.com is a commercial site that aims to provide affordable access to genealogy material. Irish records available cover prisoners (1780-1867); gazetteers and topographical dictionaries; will indexes and abstracts; obituaries; parish registers, migration records (Canada/USA); census records and published family histories. Click on Places tab and select Browse by country - Ireland  from the drop down box to see what is available on this site.

Registry of Deeds Index Project aims to index all of the names that appear in the memorial books held at the Registry of Deeds, Dublin. This repository holds wills, land transactions and other deeds from 1709. Currently there are over 125,000+ index records online.

DIPPAM – Documenting Ireland: Parliament, People and Migration. An online virtual archive of documents and sources relating to the history of Ireland and its migration experience from the 18th to the late 20th centuries. There are three searchable databases:
• EPPI the Enhanced British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland 1800-1922.
• IED Irish Emigration Database, containing runs of emigrant letters, newspaper extracts and other emigration-related materials.
• VMR Voices of Migration and Return – a collection of 90 interviews with 20th century Ulster migrants.

Trinity College Dublin Library, 1641 Depositions. A fully searchable digital edition of the 1641 Depositions which includes transcripts and images of all 8,000 depositions,  examinations and associated materials in which Protestant men and women of all classes told of their experiences following the outbreak of the rebellion by the Catholic Irish in October, 1641.

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives. This site offers access to a valuable collection of material that is not readily available elsewhere, such as transcriptions and photographs of headstones. The site is arranged by county and within each county by cemetery records, church records, census, census substitutes, court, directories, headstones, land, military & constabulary, newspaper, miscellaneous, obituaries, photos, vital records and wills. There is a site search engine to search across all the records. Search for names, places or keywords. New material is being added as it becomes available.

Ancestry Ireland - Ulster Historical Foundation. This commercial site offers online databases with 2 million+ records, genealogy and history books, and personal ancestral research. Some free searches and pay-per-view services are available.

Irish Family Research. This paid site offers access to online databases including directories and the Memorials of the Dead Database c1500s-1910 with many of the transcribed headstones no longer in existence.

Irish Origins index and digital images of the Griffith's Valuation (1847-1864) records and maps. Other records include Irish Wills index (1484-1858), Dublin City census 1851 and 1901, Diocese of Elphin census 1749, tithe defaulters 1831, militia attestations index (1872-1915), William Smith O'Brien petition (1848-1849), British and Irish  passenger lists 1890, transatlantic migration 1858-1870, Irish 'strays' in England & Wales census (1841 & 1871) plus access to photos, maps and books. There is a free name and place search. A fee applies to access the records.

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland online indexes and images include: 
• The Ulster Covenant – 500,000 digitised signatures of those who opposed Home Rule for Ireland
• Freeholders' Records – list those entitled to vote
• Street Directories - Thirty directories (1819-1900)
• Will Calendars – indexes and images for the district probate registries of Armagh, Belfast and Londonderry. The index covers 1858-1965. Transcribed copies of wills are available for Belfast 1858-1909, Armagh 1858-1918 and Londonderry 1858-1899. Click on the 'image' icon next to an entry on the will calendars search for access. New
• Name Search – to an index to pre-1858 wills; diocesan will indexes; surviving fragments of 1740, 1766 religious census returns; 1775 dissenters petitions and pre-1920 coroners' inquest papers       
• Photos on Flickr and records on CAIN (Conflict Archive on the Internet)  Records relate to conflict and politics in Northern Ireland (1968-1980) 
• Records from the Derry City Council Archive and Genealogical Service including minute books, correspondence, drawings, art work, and collections relating to the railway industry, shirt factories and civil rights. The minute books have been digitised and are online.

Ireland-Australia Transportation Database (1791-1868) is an online index to a series of records held by the National Archives of Ireland. In 1988 the Archives presented Australia with a set of these records, on 105 reels of microfilm, as Ireland's Bicentennial gift to Australia. This set of records is held by the National Library of Australia, State Library New South Wales, Society of Australian Genealogists and the Kiama Family History Centre. Note: The database is currently available as a pdf download. Click on (.pdf version). It is also available as a .csv download.

Ireland-Australia transportation database .csv download.

Irish Convicts to NSW (1788-1849) Database on the Mayberry Homepage by Peter Mayberry. This database contains details of:
• Irish State prisoners
• Convicts who were tried in Ireland
• Convicts who were tried outside Ireland whose native place was in Ireland
• Irish military men who were tried inside or outside Ireland whose native place was in Ireland
• A few non-Irish convicts arriving on Irish convict transport ships
There is also detailed information on Irish rebel convicts.

Act of Union Virtual Library is a unique collection of pamphlets, newspapers, parliamentary papers and manuscript material contemporary with the 1801 Act of Union between Ireland and Britain. The site is searchable by keyword and digital copies of the original documents are available.

Irish Famine Passenger Records held at the National Archives and Records Administration USA). These list over 604,596 persons who arrived in New York during the Irish Famine (1846-1851) and the ship of arrival.

General Information
Irish Heritage & Genealogy by John Grenham. This site has a very extensive list of Genealogy Links arranged by County records (click on the map to change county), Family sites (arranged alphabetically by surname with links to 100s of sites), Societies, Libraries, Surname variants (with a search box to enter a surname that will return a list of variants) and Passenger lists (arranged by ship's name, year, origin and destination). A must visit site.

GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy. This extensive gateway site has an alphabetical list of sites relating to all aspects of Irish research. A must to visit.

Irish Family History Resources Gateway by the National Musuem Australia.

Irish Genealogy Toolkit. This great site is designed to help you discover your Irish Heritage. It offers a vast array of relevant advice, help and information plus much more. It also details the very latest information on genealogical resources in Ireland.

From Ireland: Irish Genealogy and Family History. This site by Dr Jane Lyons has a wealth of information, links to records and access to record transcripts.

RootsWeb Mailing Lists for Ireland (95). A great way to find others with similar research interests.

GeneaBloggers has 3,000+ genealogy and family history blogs listed. You can use this site to search for family surnames or keywords across all the blogs listed.

Irish Genealogy News by Claire Santry. This excellent blog is a free online guide to Irish family history research and is designed to keep you up to date with the latest information on genealogical resources in Ireland.

Family History Ireland genealogy blog by author and genealogist Darren McGettigan. The accompanying web site details his books and research services offered.

Irish Family Ancestry. This site offers professional research services but also has a lot of information about Irish records and how to use them.

FamilySearch Ireland Wiki is a great place to get information. The Beginner’s Corner covers:
• How can I find my Irish ancestor?
• Research guidance
• Ireland research guide
This Wiki has a wealth of Irish information, and links, for all levels of researchers. Topics covered include: archives and libraries; biography; cemeteries; census; church directories; church history; church records; civil registration; court records; directories; emigration and immigration; gazetteers; genealogy; heraldry; history (includes a timeline); land and property; languages; maps; military records; names personal; naturalization and citizenship; newspapers; nobility; occupations; periodicals; probate records; schools; societies and taxation.

Irish Famine Memorial, Sydney was inspired by the arrival in Australia of over 4,000 single young women, most of whom were orphans. They arrived under a special emigration scheme (Earl Grey Scheme) designed to resettle destitute girls from the workhouses of Ireland during the Great Famine. This site also commemorates all who left their homes in Ireland seeking a new life in Australia. Online Resources include the Famine Orphan Girl database, a Ships database which includes shipping lists for the 20 ships that brought orphan girls to Australia 1848-1850. There is also a list of the 400+ names on the monument.

Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association. This site has wealth of information on Ireland in the Great War (1914-1918). About 200,000 Irish people served in the Allied forces in the Great War and over 35,000 of those died on the battlefields.

Royal Munster Fusiliers Association with details about the Association, plus a detailed history section, archives and links.

Irish War Memorials. This site includes photographs of each memorial, the text of all inscriptions and site location details. The online database can be surname searched for individuals.

The CAIN (Conflict Archive on the INternet) site contains information and source material on 'the Troubles' and politics in Northern Ireland from 1968 to the present. The main sections of this extensive collection include: Background information on the conflict and politics; Databases, bibliographies, biographies; Key events of the conflict; Key issues of the conflict; An introduction to theoretical explanations of the conflict; Victims, Survivors and Commemoration and PRONI Records on CAIN.

Irish Churches Project. This site by Jo Mitchell allows researchers to view pictures of the churches attended by their ancestors. There are hundreds of photographs arranged by denomination and then by diocese. Most of the photographs have been donated by fellow researchers.

Moving Here provides free online access to resources which record and illustrate the migration of the Caribbean, Irish, Jewish and South Asian communities to England over the past two centuries.

Clann Chaomhánach - Origin & Early history of the Kavanagh/Cavanaugh Family. This site is a great example of an Irish clan site. There is lots of interesting information and articles.

Maps, Places and Surnames
See also Counties Clare, Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Sligo
Placenames Database of Ireland. This wonderful resource offers three ways to find placenames: search for them individually; browse the interactive map or browse by county and then filter by various criteria such as baronies, civil parishes, townlands or topographical features plus many more. The Browse by county search is a great way to search for those elusive place names from shipping records or certificates.

Place Names Northern Ireland is a new database that includes historical administrative names of counties, baronies, districts, parishes, townlands and names of rivers, lakes, mountains and other physical details in the six counties of Northern Ireland (Antrim, Armagh, Derry/Londonderry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone).  New

The IreAtlas Townland Database offers searches by townland, county barony, parish or poor law union. This long established site is still a great place to locate Irish place names.

Irish Ancestors Placename Search of 65,000+ entries from 1851 General Alphabetical Index to the Townlands and Towns, Parishes and Baronies of Ireland. Free searches include a list of the placenames in the civil parish, adjoining parishes list, most common surnames 1855 list and a summary of sources for the parish. A fee is required to access the source details plus other site features.

Ask About Ireland - Griffiths Valuation. The Family Name Search returns occupier names, placename, county, parish, details, access to the original page, maps (both 1850s Griffiths map and 2000s modern Google map and townplan if applicable. The Place Name Search returns the placename, county, barony, parish, townland plus options to view a list of occupants (plus access to digital image of the original valuation) and access to maps. 

Ireland - Tithe Applotment Books 1814-1855. FamilySearch offers access to historical records collections for United Kingdom and Ireland. These include the Tithe Applotment Books 1814-1855. These books were compiled to determine the amount of tithes (tax) to be paid to the Church of Ireland by those who occupied agricultural lands. The books contain the following: Townland name, landholders’ names, amount of land held and amount to be paid in tithes. They may also record the landlord’s name and assessment of the economic productivity of the land. These records are indexed and linked to digitised images of the original records. New

Ordnance Survey Ireland, National Mapping Agency. The historic map archive offers online access to the Ordnance Survey maps of Ireland, surveyed between 1829 and 1842. These maps have been acclaimed for their accuracy and are highly regarded by cartographers. Maps can be searched and viewed online but cannot be downloaded or printed. There is an option to purchase maps online with A4 historic maps delivered electronically as PDF files and larger maps posted. $ Currently there is free access to the following series of maps. Use this link for access http://maps.osi.ie/publicviewer
• 6 inch mapping series (1:10,560) colour 1837-1842
• 6 inch mapping series (1:10,560) greyscale 1837-1842
• 25 inch mapping series (1:2,500) greyscale 1888-1913
These maps can be viewed along with a variety of contemporary maps.
This site also has an online PDF version of Samuel Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland.

The Irish Manuscripts Commission has digitised many of their out of print publications and made them freely available online. They are fully keyword searchable and include the Books of Survey and Distribution Books of Survey and Distribution being abstracts of various surveys and instruments to title 1636-1703. • Volume 1, County of Roscoon with maps c. 1636 of the baronies of Athlone and Moycarnan and of parishes in Ballintober
• Volume 2, County of Mayo with maps of the county from Petty’s Atlas 1683 and of Tirawley barony from the Down Survey 1657
• Volume 3, County of Galway with map of the county from Petty’s Atlas 1683
• Volume 4, County of Clare reproduced from the manuscript in the Public Record Office of Ireland with maps

The National Archives (UK) Early Irish maps from State Papers c.1558- c.1610. There are 60+ maps depicting plantations, fortifications and townships. You can search and view a description of the maps. Copies are available from the DocumentsOnline service for £3.50 each.

Ireland's History in Maps by Dennis Walsh.

Landed Estates Database. This searchable online database of all Landed Estates in Connacht and Munster is maintained by the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway.  This resource offers information about the estates and their owners from 1700s to 1920s and provides extensive sources for further information. It covers more than 4,500 properties and details 2,700 families. 

Online Names is a searchable database of surnames compiled from public submissions. It is also possible to add surnames being researched to this site.

Online Newspapers, Journals and Books
The National Library of Australia eResources page offers free home access to 111+ subscription databases. This free service is available to anyone residing in Australia who has a National Library card. You can apply for a library card online from this site. The card will be mailed to you within 5-10 working days. Then you use the number on your library card and surname to login. Then click on the Licenced resources to access the databases.
Free home access – Some of what you can get
• Bibliography of British and Irish History - from 55BC to the present
• Dublin Castle Records 1798-1926
• 19th Century British Library Newspapers. Irish titles include:
       • Belfast News-Letter 1828-1900
       • Freeman's Journal 1800-1802
       • Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser 1807-1900
• JSTOR a multi-disciplinary archive of scholarly material.
•  Irish Newspaper Archives

Irish Newspaper Archives The archives currently has 33 national and regional newspaper titles covering 1738 to present. Titles available include:
• Anglo-Celt (Cavan and surrounding counties - Monaghan, Leitrim, Meath, Westmeath, Fermanagh,  Louth and Longford, 1846-current)

• Belfast Newsletter (1738-1799)
• Butte Independent (Published Butte, Montana, USA,  1910-1930)
• City Tribune (Galway, 1984-current)
• Connacht Sentinel (Galway, 1927-current)
• Connacht Tribune (Galway, 1909-current)
• Donegal News (1901-current)
• Fermanagh Herald (2011-current)
• Finns Leinster Journal (Kilkenny, 1771-1828)
• Freeman's Journal (National, 1763-1924)
• Gaelic Life (Ulster, 2008-current)
• Irish Farmers Journal (National, 1957-1998)
• Irish Independent (National, 1905-current)
• Irish Press (National, 1931-1995)
• Kerryman (Kerry, 1904-current)
• Kildare Observer (1880-1935)
• Kilkenny People (1923-2004)
• Leitrim Observer (1904-2007)
• Limerick Leader (1905-2004)

• Longford Leader (1897-current)
• Meath Chronicle (Meath, Westmeath and Cavan, 1897-current)
• Munster Express (Waterford, 1908-current)
• The Nation (National, 1842-1897)
• The Nenagh Guardian (North Tipperary, 1838-current)

Nenagh News (Tipperary, 1895-1924)
• Skibbereen Eagle (Cork 1882-1922) New
• Southern Star (Cork, 1892-current)
• Strabane Chronicle (Tyrone, 2011- current)
• Sunday Independent (National, 1906-current)
• Tuam Herald (Galway, 1837-2000)
• Tyrone Herald (2005-current)
• Ulster Herald (1901- current)
• Westmeath Examiner (1882-current)
TIP: This archive can be accessed for free from home using eResources. Libraries that currently have this archive as an eResource are the National Library of Australia, State Library of Victoria and State Library of Western Australia. All you need is to do is apply online for a library card from your state library and/or the National Library of Australia.


The Irish Times (1859-2011) and The Weekly Irish Times (1876-1958) are available as part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers. If you live in New South Wales you can access this collection for free from the State Library of New South Wales. All you have to do is get a library card. Check what remote access libraries in your state have on offer.

The Gazette - Beta This site brings together the London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes into one website. The Gazettes are the official newspapers of the United Kingdom government. This site offers state of the art combined searching of the Gazettes. You can seach in the following categories: All notices, Wills and probate, Insolvency and Awards and accreditation. New

Nick Reddan's Newspaper Abstracts with 14,840+ abstracts from various Irish newspapers (1750-1840) sorted by selected family names. Papers include the Freeman's Journal, Dublin Weekly Journal, Hoey's Dublin Mercury, Pue's Occurrences, Belfast Newsletter and Limerick newspapers.

Ask about Ireland  project is an initiative of the Irish public libraries, local museums and archives to digitise and online publish original, unusual and unique material from their local studies' collections. Use the Reading Room link to access a vast collection of unique digital books. The collection can be viewed by county or subject. Books can be viewed online (PDF file to your browser).

Library Ireland is a free online resource of books and articles on Irish history, genealogy, and culture. The transcripts of a wide range of journal articles, old books, including directories, are available online with full text searching. You can browse the categories which include genealogy, Irish names, history, social history, folklore, music, people and places. 

Free Irish Genealogy eBooks. This extensive site by Peter J Clarke lists over 5,000 free eBooks and journals (with links to open the books) on Irish, Irish-American, Irish-Australian and Irish-Canadian genealogy. All can be read online and most of them can be downloaded to a reading device such as Kindle, iPad or tablet. There is a Search Tool or browse by subject. There is a book of the month hightlighted and these are available from October 2011. There is also an extensive list of list of surnames from family histories and biographies. New

The Irish Manuscripts Commission has digitised many of their out of print publications and made them freely available online. They are fully keyword searchable.

British History Online is a digital library of core printed primary and secondary medieval and modern history sources for the British Isles. There is no specific section for Ireland but this site has a lot of Irish material. Use the site search box to locate material. A search for Ireland currently returns 34,800+ entries.

Wills
National Archives of Ireland - Genealogy Site. This site offers free access to searchable databases and images of the original records including Calendars of Wills and Administrations 1858 to 1922 - Search by deceased name and also by name of executor/beneficiary. The Calendars give details of principal family relationships and the deceased's occupation, address and assets. Calendars from 1923-1982 are available on the main National Archives of Ireland site.

FamilySearch The Historical Record Collections for United Kingdom and Ireland include:
• Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1920 (images free)

Ireland Probate Calendars 1923-1982. The British GENES blog site by Chris Paton has this dedicated link to help you access and use the Probate Caledars that are digitised and available on the National Archives of Ireland site.

National Archives of Ireland Testamentary Index from 1983. Use the  Online Finding Aid Databases link on the homepage to access Probate Offices  which offers an online search of the Testamentary Index from 1983. A search returns National Archives reference number, name, probate reference, grant type (intestate/probate), date issued and date of death.  

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland - Will Calendars  indexes and images for the district probate registries of Armagh, Belfast and Londonderry. The index covers 1858-1965. Transcribed copies of wills are available for Belfast 1858-1909, Armagh 1858-1918 and Londonderry 1858-1899. Click on the 'image' icon next to an entry on the will calendars search for access. New
Also the Name Search database includes an index to pre-1858 wills from various PRONI collections and a selection of diocesan will indexes.

The Irish Manuscripts Commission  digitised many of their out of print publications and made them freely available online. They are fully keyword searchable and include:
• Registry of Deeds Dublin abstracts of wills, vol 1, 1708-1745
• Registry of Deeds Dublin abstracts of wills, vol 2, 1746-1785
• Registry of Deeds Dublin abstracts of wills, vol 3, 1785-1832

Ancestry.com. This commercial site offers access to a growing collection of Irish resources. Use the Search tab and choose Card catalogue then Filter by Collection - Convict, Criminal, Land & Wills then filter the returns by Location - Ireland to see what is available. Resources include: 
• A Guide to Copies and Abstracts of Irish wills by Wallace Clare
• Indexes to Irish Wills [1536-1857] by W. P. W. Phillimore and G Thrift
• Registry of Deeds, Dublin: Abstracts of Wills, Volume 1 1708-1745 by P Beryl Eustance
• Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810 by Sir Arthur Vicars
• Quaker Records, Dublin, Abstracts of Wills by P Beryl Eustance & Olive C Goodbody 
• Register of wills and inventories of the Diocese of Dublin in the time of Archbishops Tregury and Walton, 1457-1483 by Henry F Berry. The records are fully indexed with a free surname search. Subscription options offer access to information or digitised records.

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