Ireland Record Selection Table

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The table below can help you decide which type of Irish records to search. Similar types of records in the country to which your ancestor immigrated may provide the information you need.

"Step 1. In column 1 select a research goal. Choose an ancestor you would like to know more about. What new information would you like to learn about that person?

Step 2. In column 2 find the types of records most likely to have the information you need.

> Read the FamilySearch Wiki articles about those types of records. They explain what the records might tell you, how to search them, and how to find them in the Family History Library Catalog. Some records are not at the library.

Step 3. In column 3 find additional record types that may be useful.

> Records of previous research (such as Genealogy, Biography, History, Periodicals, and Societies) are useful for most goals but are not listed unless they are especially helpful.


1. If You Need 2. Look First In 3. Then Search
Age Census, Church Records, Civil Registration Cemeteries, Military Records
Birth date Church Records, Civil Registration Cemeteries, Military Records, Newspapers, Occupations
Birthplace Church Records, Civil Registration Census, Newspapers, Military Records, Occupations
Boundaries of parishes, districts, and counties Gazetteers History, Maps
Coats of arms Heraldry
Death Cemeteries, Church Records, Civil Registration, Newspapers Court Records, Probate Records, Land and Property
Historical background Genealogy, History Church History
Emigration date Emigration and Immigration Church Records, Naturalization and Citizenship
Language helps Language and Languages
Living relatives Civil Registration, Directories Newspapers, Periodicals, Societies
Maiden name Church Records, Civil Registration Newspapers
Marriage Church Records, Civil Registration Biography, Genealogy, Newspapers, Nobility
Occupation Census, Church Records, Civil Registration, Directories, Occupations, Probate Records Court Records; Poorhouses, Poor Law, Etc.
Parents, children, and other family members Census, Church Records, Civil Registration, Probate Records Land and Property; Poorhouses, Poor Law, Etc.; Schools
Physical description Court Records, Military Records Biography, Newspapers, Occupations
Place-finding aids Gazetteers, Maps Directories, History, Land and Property, Periodicals, Taxation
Places of residence Census, Church Records, Directories Land and Property, Names (Personal)
Place of residence when you know only the county Civil Registration, Directories, Land and Property, Probate Records, Taxation Church Records
Previous research (compiled genealogy) Biography, Genealogy, Societies Nobility, Periodicals
Record-finding aids Archives and Libraries, Genealogy Periodicals, Societies
Religion Biography, Church Records, Civil Registration Census, Cemeteries, Genealogy, History
Understanding names Names (Personal)