Ireland Genealogy Websites

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The following is a listing of many Ireland websites useful for family history and genealogy research. It is arranged by record type and information.

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Archives and Libraries

  • Clare County Library hosts the best county collection of online Irish family history.
  • Limerick City Archives Digital Collections
  • National Archives of Ireland holds manuscript and microfilm collections & is working to digitize and index the 1901 & 1911 census.
  • Ulster Historical Foundation Contains a lot of useful information and the ability to do a free search on a surname and/or given name.  There are more than two million entries in the various databases. A search for the surname Dobb provides reference to 448 sources where the name appears.
  • Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland Formed in 1907, it was made up of the three churches which held the Presbyterian Order in Ireland - the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland and the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland - with the object of promoting the knowledge of, and advance public education in, the history of the churches of the Presbyterian Order in Ireland by various means, including the collection and preservation of historic materials and records of these churches.
  • Waterford County Library contains online resources such as death registers 1864-1901, grave memorials, and trade directories from 1824-1910.

Cemeteries & Burials

Census and Census Substitutes

Church Records

  • holds an online index to Irish parish registers from nineteen counties.
  • Includesd searchable church records for Dublin City and for the counties of Carlow, Cork and Kerry. Inlcudes Catholic, Anglican, and and some Presbyterian church records. Images are available free online.
  • Indexes to births/baptisms, 1620-1881; marriages 1619-1898; (Most of the church records do not go into the 1600s-1700s); also includes microfilm copies of church records at the Family History Library.
  • (Representative Church Body Library) holdings of the Church of Ireland church records.
  • (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland) has copies of the Church of Ireland church records from the Representative Church Body Library.
  • (National Library of Ireland) holdings of the Catholic Church Records on microfilm
  • Provides information and links to surviving Irish church records. [4]
  • Links to other websites containing Irish births, marriages, and deaths. 

Civil Registration

  • Indexes to Ireland Civil Registration 1845-1958
  • (Ireland Civil Registration)- Guide to birth, marriage, and death certificates in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Also shows what certificates are available at the Family History Library.
  • General Registrar's Office (GRO) for the Republic of Ireland (where original certificates are kept)
  • Gneerarl Registrar's Office (GRO) for Northern Ireland (where originial certificates are kept)

Court/Criminal Records


Emigration Records /Passenger Lists

Land/Tax Records

  • Ireland Tithe Applotment Books, 1814-1855. Includes heads of households who owned or rented land that was subject to the tithe.
  • Ireland Tithe Applotment Books, 1823-1837. Includes heads of households who owned or rented land that was subject to the tithe.
  • Griffiths Primary Valuation, 1848-1864. Includes heads of households who owned or rented land or a house.

Maps, Gazetteers, and Placenames

Military Records

  • click Catalog > Keyword Search > Irish Militia records. Contains vasts amount of Irish Militia records on microfilm which can be ordered at
  • ($) Militia Attestation Index 1872-1915; Ireland Memorial records 1914-1918; The 1798 Rebellion: Claimants and Surrenders
  • ($) Those who either fought in Irish rebellions or World War I.


  • A very useful site. Am amazing number of records are available from all counties. Literally thousands of helpful links and other resources are also detailed. In addition, there are a lot of cultural, folklore, and other information available. A YAHOO! mailing list can be subscribed to and you will have at your fingertips help from the many knowledgeable people on the list.
  • Eddies Extracts- This site contains many Birth, Marriage and Death notices extracted from various early newspapers such as the Belfast Evening Telegraph, The Witness, Banner of Ulster, Northern Whig and Belfast News-Letter. It also has extracts from the Registers of Deceased Seamen and lists the details of over 25,000 Presbyterians who served in the Great War.
  • (unfettered access requires fee or significant data contribution; manually search index for surnames of interest)
  • Aspiration, enterprise, adventure, and the Irish around the world.
  • Petty Sessions Order Books: 1851-1912: This is the lowest court in the whole country. These records were scanned by FamilySearch and are being put online through There is no charge to look at the index but there is a charge to view the actual record.
  • To view a fairly extensive list of websites for Ireland at the national, county and parish or local levels, you can now view all of the Family History Library's Patron Desktop "Favorites" online. 
  • A new website for Irish research is available. It is a free site and is building.


  • Boston newspaper with information for relatives to track their Irish family members who had immigrated earlier, particulary during the famine period. 
  • Thousands of U.S. newspapers online spanning hundreds of years. Over 120 milllion newspaper pages. May give information on Irish ancestors in America.
  • Over 6,400 U.S. newspapers now online spanning over 320 years. May give information on Irish ancestors in America.

Old age pensions

  • Database is for Northern Ireland. Applicants for pensions used information from the 1841 and 1851 Ireland Censuses before they were destroyed. May name parents and siblings. 
  • Republic of Ireland. Microfilm records of the Census Search forms used to gather personal and family information from the 1841 and 1851 Ireland censuses before they were destroyed. May  name parents and siblings.

Records of the Poor


Great websites for information regarding Irish family history and links to genealogical records.


Wills/Probate Records 

  • Free indexes and wills for the three District Probate Registries of Armagh, Belfast, and Londonderry. Indexes: 1858-1919; part of 1921; 1922-1943. Images of wills: 1858-1900
  • Free online indexes to pre-1858 wills; also includes a collection of diocesan will and administration bond indexes.
  • ($) Index of Irish Wills, 1484-1858; Dublin Wills and Grant Book, 1270-1858; Phillimore & Thrift Index to Irish Wills, 1536-1858; Sir Arthur Vicar's Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland, 1536-1810.
  • ($) Indexes to Irish Wills, 1536-1857 (five volumes); Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland, 1536-1810; A Guide to Copies and Abstracts of Irish Wills.
  • Index of Irish Wills, 1484-1858.
  •  Online Will calendars, 1922-1982 and Instructions for searching the online will calendars; Information on wills and testamentary records held in The National Archives of Ireland.