Resources and databases

Wicklow Archives, Ireland – Digitised Collections

• Wicklow Grand Jury Presentments 1818-1899. The Grand Juries’ initial remit was justice, gradually extending to building/maintaining roads, bridges, infirmaries, asylums, courthouses and gaols • Arklow Town & Urban District Council Minute Books 1878-1947 • Wicklow County Council Minute Books…

Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury

This is a ground-breaking project which aims to digitally recreate the building and contents of the Public Record Office of Ireland, destroyed by fire at Dublin’s Four Courts in 1922. There is an online video that explains details of the…

The Great Irish Famine Online

This site by the Geography Department, University College Cork and Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht offers access interactive maps containing detailed information on the impact of the famine on each of 3,000 civil parishes and 1,600 towns. You…

The Mayo Orphan Girls

This site, by Barbara Barclay, has been created as part of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Heritage Studies at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Mayo Campus and forms an ongoing project to discover more information about the 137 Mayo…

Irish Ancestors by John Grenham

This extensive site offers access to a wealth of information via several databases. These include: • Irish Surnames – a search returns the surname mapped, a list of variants, surname histories and details of published family histories and more •…

Ancestry.com – Ireland, Intelligence Profiles, 1914-1922

These Intelligence Profiles were created as nationalists in Ireland struggled for independence. The British Intelligence Forces, the Dublin Metropolitan Police and the Royal Irish Constabulary recorded the known daily movements of those suspected of being disloyal to the Crown. Included…

Ancestry.com – Ireland, Courts Martial Files, 1916-1922

This collection of Field General Courts Martial Records holds  2,000+ searchable names as well as additional names found within the images. Each record contains evidence against the defendants, their statements and proclamations. There is also  an alphabetical roll of prisoners…

dúchas.ie – National Folklore Collection of Ireland

dúchas.ie is a project to digitize the National Folklore Collection of Ireland, one of the largest folklore collections in the world. The Schools’ Collection is the first collection being made available on this site. It is a collection of folklore…

The Irish Mission at Watson House (New York)

The Mission of Our Lady of the Rosary for the Protection of Irish Immigrant Girls operated from 1883 to 1954 in Watson House overlooking New York Harbour. It was close to the Castle Garden immigration depot. The mission aimed to…