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Many of the following records are of use to those who are researching ancestors of the ‘Established Church’ [Church of Ireland] as catholics were prohibited from OWNING land or any property, voting, etc. under the Penal Laws, such lists are of genealogical interest only for a small minority of the population.

1703-1838: The Convert Rolls

Eileen O Byrne, Irish Manuscripts Commission, 1981. A list of those converting from Catholicism to the Church of Ireland. The bulk of the entries date from 1760 to 1790
National Library of Ireland

1740: Protestant Householders

Parts of Counties Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Donegal and Tyrone. Arranged by barony and parish, names only. Parts are at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, The Genealogical Office, the National Library of Ireland and the Representative Church Body Library.

1749: Elphin Diocesan Census

Arranged by townland and parish, listing householders, their religion, the numbers, sex and religion of their children, and the numbers, sex and religion of their servants
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1766: Religious Survey

In spring of 1766, Church of Ireland rectors were instructed to compile complete returns of all householders in their parishes, their religion, and a list of any Catholic clergy active in their area. Some rectors produced only numerical totals of population, some drew up partial lists, and some detailed all householders and their addresses. Only transcripts remain, the originals were destroyed in 1922.  The only full listing of all surviving transcripts and abstracts is in the National Archives Reading Room, on the open shelves
The National Archives of Ireland

1775: Dissenters’ Petitions

A series of petitions to the Irish Parliament protesting against an Act of 1774 excluding dissenters from voting at vestry meetings of the Church of Ireland. Originals were destroyed in 1922,transcripts are in The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and is searchable on…

1790-1880: Official Papers, petitions

Two main series of The Official Papers of the Office of the Chief Secretary exist in National Archives of Ireland, 1790-1831 [calendared and classified by year and subject] and 1832-80 [card indices]

As well as records of the administration of justice, they also include a series of petitions to the Lord Lieutenant from around the country, generally described as ‘memorials’, which very often include long lists of names or signatures.

The most comprehensive is the William Smith O’Brien petition from 1848/9, a plea for clemency for the main instigator of an abortive rising in 1848, it includes almost 90,000 names from all over Ireland as well as from Irish people in England. William Smith O’Brien Petition is searchable online at $$$ Find My Past.

Many smaller petitions also exist.  An appeal for a road from Kanturk to Cork city, pleas for relief from distress among weavers, the largest numbers relate to changes made in the arrangements for local court sittings (Quarter Sessions) in 1837-8.

1795-1862: Charleton Trust Fund Marriage certificates

The Charlton Trust Fund offered a small marriage gratuity to members of the Protestant labouring classes.  The areas covered were mainly in Counties Meath and Longford, a few exist for parts of Counties Cavan, King’s (Offaly), Louth, and Westmeath, as well as Dublin city. They are indexed in National Archives Accessions Vol. 37

1796: Spinning Wheel Premium Entitlement Lists

As part of a government scheme to encourage the linen trade, free spinning wheels or looms were granted to individuals planting a certain area of land with flax.

The lists of 60,000 individuals, were published in 1796, names of the individuals and their civil parish. The majority, were in Ulster, but some names appear from every county except Dublin and Wicklow – Fáilte Romhat

1798: Persons who Suffered Losses in the 1798 Rebellion

Claims for compensation for property destroyed by the rebels during the insurrection of 1798, useful for the property-owning classes of Counties Wexford, Carlow, Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.

1803: Agricultural censuses of Antrim and Down

A survey of livestock, crops, wagons and horses carried out in Co Antrim and Co Down. Occupiers’ names are also recorded. Eleven parishes in Antrim are covered in National Archive of Ireland Official Papers (op 153/103/1-16), with a copy in PRONI. For Down the survey survived as part of the papers of the 1st Marquess of Londonderry and is available in PRONI. Fifty Down parishes are covered, with returns for thirty, including at least some occupiers’ names. Researching Down Ancestors provides a parish-by-parish description.

1822-1854: Reproductive Loan Fund records

Reproductive Loan Fund Institution are now in The National Archives (Kew), series T/91. As well as the notes of security for the loans, there are loan ledgers, repayment books and defaulters’ books for the local associations and the county committees. The minimum information supplied is the name and address, but much additional detail is often given in the local association records, including notes on health, occupation, family circumstances and emigration. The local records generally run from the late 1830s to the mid-1840s.

These generally consist of two parts:
1. An overall account, usually dated 1846-8, showing the names and addresses of the borrower and of their two sureties or guarantors, along with amounts outstanding.
2. A more detailed townland-by-townland listing, organised by constabulary sub-district and carried out by the local RIC in 1853-4, recording details of deaths, economic circumstances and emigration.
National Archives, Kew

1831-1921: National School Records

A countrywide system of primary education was established in 1831, under the Board of Commissioners for National Education. School registers are most useful with record the age, religion, father’s address and occupation, and general observations. They remain in the custody of local schools or churches. The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland has a collection of over 1500 registers for schools in the six counties of Northern Ireland. The administrative records of the Board of Commissioners itself are now held by the National Archives in Dublin. These include teachers’ salary books, which can be very useful if an ancestor was a teacher
The National Archives of Ireland
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Workhouse Records

The 130 Poor Law Unions established in 1838, rising to 163 by 1852, administered public relief and dealt with huge numbers during the Great Famine. Most of these records see to be lost, what does exist is scattered and somewhat piecemeal.
Records of The Irish Famine
Workhouses of Ireland

The best single collection is held by PRONI, covering the 27 Poor Law Unions that were established in the counties of Northern Ireland.

A guide to the history of workhouses.

1876: Landowners in Ireland

Return of owners of land of one acre and upwards … , London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1876. [Reissued by The Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1988]

Lists 32,614 owners of land in Ireland in 1876, address of the owner, extent and valuation of the property. Only a minority of the population actually owned the land they occupied, but the work is invaluable for those who did.

Various Dates: Freeholders

From the early eighteenth century freeholders lists were drawn up regularly, usually because of the right to vote which went with freehold of property over a certain value

Electoral Records

No complete collection of the electoral lists of the twentieth century exists. The largest collection of surviving electoral registers is in National Archives of Ireland but coverage of various areas is skimpy. The best collection  is in dcla, which has made part of them searchable online at Dublin Heritage.


Local valuations, and re-valuations, of property were carried out with increasing frequency from the end of the eighteenth century, usually for electoral reasons. The best of these record all householders
The Tithe Applotment Books
Griffith’s Valuation

Credit:~Irish Times Irish Ancestors