Useful Links

The following websites will help you to undertake your Irish family history research by accessing online records, documents, catalogues, finding aids or advice. Many of these resources can be accessed freely but some require registration and possibly a subscription cost (indicated by the (£/€/$) tag.) For websites marked with an *, you can find indexes and transcripts on several of the main subscription sites or for free on Family Search.

Please explore safely – we recommend you have good anti-virus software installed and if you do come across any broken links, be sure to let us know via our Contact Form. Whilst these are some of our favourite sites, we do not endorse one choice over another, cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information you will find, nor do we wholly share any opinions that might be expressed freely in blogs for example. However, we are sure you will find plenty to inspire and inform your research.

National Repositories and Online Collections
National Archives of Ireland (NAI)
– NAI Genealogy Databases *
(Censuses, Wills & Calendars, Tithe Applotment Books, Valuation Office books, Convert Rolls & Crew Lists)
National Library of Ireland (NLI)
Dublin City Archives – Heritage and History Collections
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
General Register Office of Northern Ireland (GRONI) database (£/€/$)

Civil Registration Indexes and Records
Irish Genealogy – Civil Records *

Church Records
Church of Ireland – Representative Church Body Library
Roman Catholic Parish Registers (NLI) *
Methodist Historical Society of Ireland
Irish Genealogy – CoI & RC Church Records for selected counties
RootsIreland (£/€/$)
Irish-Jewish connections
Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland (£/€/$)

Military Records
Irish Military Archives
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Land Records
Valuation Office (Genealogy page)
Griffiths Valuation
Registry of Deeds (Volunteer transcription project)
1876 Landowners
IreAtlas Townlands Database (finding aid)

Irish News Archive (£/€/$)
British Newspaper Archive (£/€/$)
Newspaper Database (NLI)

Finding Aids, Research Advice & Further Links
Irish Genealogical Research Society
Irish Genealogy Toolkit
Irish Geneaography – Maps & Directories
Irish Ancestors
Irish Genealogy Project (Volunteer transcription projects)
GenUKI – Ireland (volunteer projects)
Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI)

Irish Genealogy Blogs & Forums
Irish Genealogy News
Irish Roots
Genealogy Forum on
IGRS Members Forum (free to view, (£/€/$) to post)
IGRS Facebook Page

Irish History & Culture
Documenting Ireland: Parliament, People & Migration
Royal Irish Academy Irish History Online (catalogue of resources)
Down Survey of Ireland (17th century)

Irish Record Collections on worldwide services
Ancestry (£/€/$)
Find My Past (£/€/$)
Family Search

Specific Irish subscription services
RootsIreland (£/€/$)
Emerald Ancestors (£/€/$)
Ancestry Ireland (Ulster Historical Foundation) (£/€/$)


Page last updated 9 February 2018


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