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Irish Genealogy is difficult but it is getting easier every year as more databases are indexed and placed online. Plus, thanks to the work of a scattering of genealogists around the country who record, index, photograph and collate out of love for their heritage and just for the pleasure of doing it. Coupled with this there have been central efforts to publicise this information through Irish Govt websites such as Irish Genealogy, National Archives of Ireland’s Genealogy site, National Library of Ireland and Ask About Ireland

Church Records

Browse NLI Catholic Parish Registers or search Baptisms, Marriages, Burials and Congregational Records  Births & Marriages from when registration began until mid 1880’s Table of Church of Ireland Parish Registers through Ireland Anglican Digitised Records available online

Civil Records

Irish Genealogy civil & church records – mid 1800’s – early 1900’s

Irish Civil Registration Records Births, Marriages, Deaths, 1864 – To Date for Roman Catholic and non Catholic, (1845 – 1853 Marriages for Non Catholics)

Census, Taxes & Land Records

Mapping Ireland

Map of Ireland with overlay – historic 6″ most useful Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis, 1837 Irish Maps of Samuel Lewis around 1839 Taylor & Skinner: Maps of the Roads of Ireland Surveyed 1777 Irish Townlands based on OpenStreetMap – crowd sourced info free to use under an open licence.

Graveyards & Cemeteries

Internment: Cemeteries in Ireland

From-Ireland.net (transcriptions, some with photographs)

Ireland Genealogy Project Archives Headstones

Irish Graveyards

Historic Graves

Kerry Burials

Cork: Mid/Late 1800’s – 1900’s

Dublin (no dates given)

Limerick, Mount Saint Lawrence Cemetery

World War 1 Servicemen

Commonwealth War Graves Commission CWGC

WW1 Digitised Records

National Archives UK Records

Myles Dungan on tracing Irish WW1 Soldiers Useful Resources

Trades & Professions

Blacksmiths (Fragments)

Coastguards of Yesteryear

Kelly’s Directory of Leather Trades in Ireland 1915

Slater’s Commercial Directory of Ireland 1846

Flax Growers of Ireland 1796

Irish Merchant Seamen 1918 1921

National Maritime Museum – Crew Lists of the British Merchant Navy 1815 – 1915

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) Licenciate Rolls

Other Free Resources

Military Service Pension (Irl) Records

Irish Prison Register 1790 – 1924 Records

The IrelandGen Web Project. Resource index page for Ireland research

Irish Genealogy Projects Archives

Irish Times Irish Ancestors

Emigration – General

Passenger List(s), Ships Sailing from Ireland To Newcastle, 1830-1841

Emigration to UK

Index to the 1851 Census of Liverpool Irish Born

Emigration to N America

Famine Ships Irish Immigration Data 1846 – 1851

America’s First Immigration Centre 1855 to 1890 Castle Garden

The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Foundation Inc. 1892 to 1954 Ellis Island

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger List Index Cards, 1883-1948 Index Cards

Irish Emigration Database Ship’s Passenger Manifests 1846 – 1886

Norway Heritage Hands Across the Sea Transatlantic Ships Database

Irish Times Ancestors Ships Lists

Blacksod Bay Assisted Emigration Sailings

Peter Robinson Settlers in Canada 1823 & 1825

Peter Robinson Settlers: Surgeons’ and Medical Journals

Olive Tree FREE Ships Passenger Lists

Early Ships’ Passenger Lists Ireland & Scotland

General Genealogy Resources

Irish Genealogy News

Irish Genealogy Toolkit – revisit this for further links

GENUKI – UK and Ireland Genealogy – review individual links many take the visitor to subscription sites

Family Search – All Collections

From Ireland: Free Irish Genealogy

Fáilte Romhat Resources: Irish Databases and Transcribed Documents

Irish Archives – Ireland’s genealogy, family history, and ancestry – Links Database

JStor Archival Papers and Journals

Northern Ireland

Ulster Ancestry Free Genealogy Pages

Public Records Office of Northern Ireland – Search the Archives

Cemetery & Burial Records Belfast

Genealogy Forums

Rootschat is a very large Forum with dedicated Irish Boards. It has an active membership and a live chat section – well worth a visit. You’d never know who you might meet there and it is FREE

N American Ancestors

Knowing your ancestor’s origins are in Ireland is not sufficient to begin your research there, you need a more precise location such as a parish – even a county is not very useful unless it’s a very unusual surname.  It is necessary to first research them in the country in which they settled to pinpoint their Irish origins
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