Finding an Irish Ancestor Using English Records

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Notes on Immigration

The Irish emigration to England was quite easy. The ports in Ireland are not far from English ports. Trade was quite common between Ireland and England. Liverpool was a magnate for the Irish. Work was available in England. Many English had property in Ireland. The Church of Ireland is the same religion as the Church of England. The British Military enlisted Irish. As a result, the Irish did settle in England. Since Ireland was part of the British Isles, it is difficult to trace the leaving of Irish emigrants to England. It was easy to get on a ship and leave for England and not be traced.

Difficulties for Irish to leave for England.  The Irish did not like the English by how they were treated after the English came in and took their land.

Families who were Catholic may show up in Catholic records in England. Families with Irish Surnames can show up in many different types of records. See records below.

How to Use This Page

British Military

For more indepth information on British Military for Ireland, try our wiki under [England Military Records]

Many Irish have joined the Military and this Military covers many branches.

British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, Royal Navy

Records of hospitals: Chelsea, Greenwich, Kilmainham


The census records can show Irish by listing their birthplace. All the census records from 1841-1911 will show a birthplace of Ireland or a specific place in Ireland that the person was born.

For more indepth information on Census for England, try our wiki under [England Census]

The census of England is available online from 1841-1901 at these websites:

The census of England is available online for 1911 at this websites:

The census of England is available online for 1841, 1861 and 1871 at this website:

The census of England is available online for 1841 and 1861 at this website:;r=1

Family History Library

The Family History Library has the census of 1841-1901 on microfilm and for freeaccess of the above websites with many indexes of the census 1841-1901.  The Library also has some pre-1841 census records for England that will have Irish listed. look at at the Family History Library Catalog

Church Records

For more indepth information on Church Records for England, try our wiki under England Church Records: [England Church Records

Church records are plentiful in England 1538-present.  1538 is when parish registers of the Church of England were required to be kept on parchment and the records in most parishes still exist.  Other religions are known as Non-Conformists and good records have been kept. Since the higher percentage of the population of Irish were Catholic, the church records of the Catholic Church must be highly considered.   The church records for all religions can encompass Births, Baptisms, Confirmations, Marriages, Deaths, Burials, Monumental Inscriptions, Minutes from meetings, business records, tithing, rates, payments, attendance, members, church histories.  Our listing here is to direct to Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths, and Burials under each religion shown.

How do you find the records and access them?


Record Office, Repository or Library

Original Church

Civil Registration

For more indepth information on Civil Registration for England, try our wiki under [civil registration

Civil registration for England and Wales in available is some way in an index form from 1 July 1837 to the present.

Civil registration is the recording of birth, marriage and deaths in a certificate form.

Certificates can be obtained from:

The cost is seven pounds or more depending on how quickly and if you have a reference to the certificate.

Indexes to the certificates can be viewed in many ways:

Free online index produced by volunteers is:   This index is incomplete has over 230 million records

Other indexes for pay include  This index is very complete and offers better coverage of indexes.  Easy quick searches for larger periods of time.  This index is complete.  This index is lacking in larger period of time searches.  Takes longer to search, but can be done.  The index is complete, but must be searched quarter by quarter for each year of interest.


Occupations and finding work was necessary for the Irish to survive or have a better way of life.  Many Irish came to England looking for work.  The following link provides information on [England Occupational Records]


The wiki for England has been provided with links to probate records for each county.  Search under the county and the probate records and this will lead to indexes and probate records of wills, administrations, act books, etc.