Ancestry (UK)

This subscription site has transcripts, without record-images, of the registers of the diocese of Meath up to 1880, approximately forty parishes, as well as a copy of the LDS transcripts.

The Downs Survey of Ireland

Taken in the years 1656-1658, the Down Survey of Ireland is the first ever detailed land survey on a national scale anywhere in the world. The survey sought to measure all the land to be forfeited by the Catholic Irish in order to facilitate its redistribution to Merchant Adventurers and English soldiers. Copies of these maps have survived in dozens of libraries and archives throughout Ireland and Britain, as well as in the National Library of France. This Project has brought together for the first time in over 300 years all the surviving maps, digitised them and made them available as a public online resource.

Family Search

This free site run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has transcripts, without record-images, of approximately thirty Roman Catholic parishes, mostly in counties Kerry, Cork and Roscommon.

Find My Past

Trace your ancestry and build a family tree by researching extensive birth records, census data, obituaries and more with findmypast.

Ireland's Memorial Records: World War 1 1914-1918 The objective of these volumes was to preserve the names of over 49,000 Irishmen who lost their lives fighting in the Great War, World War I, 1914-1918. The collection was compiled by The Committee of the Irish National War Memorial under the direction of the Earl of Ypres. It is the most complete memorial record known to exist and was published in 1923.
Irish Genealogy

Launched by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht by the inclusion of new search functionality to look at the following records, amongst others: Church records, 1901/1911 Census records, Tithe Applotments, Soldier’s Wills, Griffith’s Valuations, Ireland - Australia Transportation database, Military Archives, Ellis Island and National Photographic Archive from the National Library of Ireland

Irish Origins

Origins.net services include subscription access to exclusive genealogy related collections on British Origins, Irish Origins, National Wills Index, plus free Scots Origins services.

Past Homes

The home of Irish Townland mapping. Visit pasthomes.com to obtain a site-centred historical map of any Irish townland or property. Subscription based. 

Public Records Northern Ireland

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland has freely available microfilm copies of almost all surviving records of all denominations for areas now in Northern Ireland, as well as a good number for areas in the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim, Monaghan and Louth. 

Roman Catholic records  Run by The Irish Times, this database allows you to search your Irish Ancestry
Roots Ireland

This paying site has transcripts (without record-images) of most of the Roman Catholic records on the island of Ireland for areas other than those listed above. The major exceptions, where only small proportions of the records are transcribed, are counties Donegal, Monaghan and Wexford. None of the transcribed records for Clare are online. Each geographical area on the site has a "sources list" and it is essential to consult this in order to ascertain precisely what records are being searched. The site also includes transcripts of Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian registers, complete for some counties, completely absent for others.

The Schools Folkore Collection

The Schools’ Collection, an important component of the National Folklore Collection, UCD, contains the folklore material recorded by pupils between 1937 and 1939. It consists of over half a million pages recorded by around 50,000 primary school pupils in the 26 counties. Cavan records are now available to read or download. 


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