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Beginning Irish Research

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Major record sets for Ireland and Northern Ireland are now available to search online.

What information do you want to search for?

Birth

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Choose the date range closest to when your ancestor was born:

1619 to 1863

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Select one of the following options for instructions on how to find birth information.

  1. Catholic Christenings
  2. Protestant Christenings




1864 to present

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Select the following option to find birth information.

  1. Birth certificates




Marriage

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Choose the date range closest to when your ancestor married:

1619 to 1863


1864 to present

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Select one of the following options for step by step instructions.

  1. Church & chapel post 1837 marriage registers
  2. Civil marriage records 1837 to the present





Death and Burial

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Choose one of the following date ranges that is closest to when you think your ancestor died:

1619 to 1863

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If your ancestor died in Wales between 1536 and 1837, search these records to find information about the death and/or burial. This link will lead you to the best records to search, what to look for, and finding aids to use.
Church parish records


1864 to present

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If your ancestor died in Ireland between 1864 and the present, search these records to find information about the death. This link will lead you to the best record to search, what to look for, and finding aids to use.

Civil registration deaths





Research Tips Success with Irish birth, marriage death and census records depends on a few key points.

  • Knowing if the family was Catholic or Protestant will improve some searches
  • Many names are quite common. Extra reference points improve search options and success.
  • Find your ancestor in multiple records.
  • Use indexes, but never trust the index. Always look at the original image or record to verify accuracy. Look for information not indexed.
  • Where a person lived can be a great help to group individuals into their correct families.
  • Dates in a person's life will point to various options for learning more about them. Even approximate dates for birth, marriage and death can help.
  • Find at least two documents from independent sources to verify what you learn.
  • Use maps - doing genealogy without a map is like painting with your eyes shut.