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Genealogy Links


Researching Your Family's History from Ships Passenger Lists:



The Mahonys of Yonkers: some fascinating historical O’Mahony articles


Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA)


Irish Roots Cafe


Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI)


General Register Office (GRO), Dublin


Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), Belfast


Irish Family History Society


National Archives, Ireland


National Library, Ireland


Valuation Office


UK + Ireland genealogy


Ireland Ordnance Survey Maps Online


History Links


Federation of Local History Societies


Irish Brigade Association: Irish history commemorative group


Wild Geese Today: Irish history, emphasis on Irish military history


Ireland in general


Browse Ireland: directory of Irish sites, search engine for things Irish.



Researching the history of a house: /


Notes from Nora
Presented at the 60th O MAHONY GATHERING – 21st June 2014


Family Group Sheets, Pedigree Charts, etc may be downloaded from



Church: Baptisms, Marriages & Burials

RC – local access / microfilms in National Library, Dublin / online sources: eg

C of I – local access/ RCB Library / microfilms in National Archives, Dublin / some online sources

Other Denominations – local access / religious libraries, eg. Methodist, Presbyterian

Online: [free]; [payments]

Private collections: eg Frank Thompson Database – 5 RC parishes east of Kinsale – Tracton/Minane Bridge


Civil Registration [Vital Records]: Births, Marriages & Deaths

Local registration offices – see /

Online:  – a free site with millions of Irish records, particularly the Indexes to the Civil Registration Births, Marriages & Deaths.    Also [subscription]


National Archive of Ireland:


Census of Ireland, 1901 & 1911. [The 1926 will not be online until c. 2026]

Tithe Applotment Books, 1823 – 1837

Soldiers’ Wills, 1914 – 1918

Nineteenth Century Census Survivals, 1821 – 1851

Valuation Office House & Field Book, 1848-1860

Census Search Forms, 1841 & 1851

Ca;endars of Wills & Administration, 1858-1922



National Library of Ireland:


Catholic parish registers - microfilm

property records such as estate papers and maps

newspapers   directories

published family histories

local history society publications

all books published in Ireland

Photographic collections

Also …..Free on-site access to subscription sites: eg

Irish Times Digital Archive

19th Century British Library Newspapers

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Burke's Peerage   The Times Digital Archive

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

Irish Origins



Always consult the web pages of your ancestral county libraries.

Some are excellent for family history

Many county libraries have computer access to the archives of local papers, etc.


The mid-19th century land tax / rate record – essential research, with maps

One importance aspect of the Valuation information is the access to the actual 6 inch townland maps, showing all the buildings and fields. These are the original OS maps, which the engineers marked the various holdings in the townland, and linked them with the numbers in the first column. The Valuation / Cancellation Books [available through the Family History Centres of the LDS church] show the various taxpayers of each property to almost the present day. These are not online yet, but maybe in the future.


Wonderful source for all manner of Irish resources, including books, eg

Coyne & Bartlett: The Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland

Cole: Memoirs of a Geological Survey of Ireland

Grierson: A Natural History of Ireland

Joyce: Irish Names of Places

Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland
Luckombe: A Tour through Ireland

Otway: A Tour of Connaught

Scale: Hibernian Atlas

Taylor & Skinner: Map of the Roads of Ireland, surveyed 1777

Trotter: Walks through Ireland

Twiss: A Tour of Ireland


A website set up by two experts in the field of family history: Eneclann, an award-winning research and publishing house with extensive experience in family history in Ireland, and findmypast, a leading family history website, initially launched in the UK.. [Payment].

If you are also looking for English/Welsh ancestors it might be better to join


Look for online activity in your ancestral county, for example:  & Cork Genealogical Society

Other helpful websites include


Registrar of Deeds & Land Records - Names Index:- is an index of the persons who disposed of an interest in property i.e. by way of conveyance, mortgage, lease etc.

Townland Index:- is an index of all transactions compiled in order of Names of Townland affected (discontinued in 1946)


All the documents of the Registry of Deeds from 1708 are on LDS microfilm, and so can be consulted in your local Family History Centre – see


Landed Estates


Estate papers can provide much information about tenants, leases, holdings and agriculture.  Some of these collections are in the County Record Offices of the UK; others are in the PublicRecord Office of Northern Ireland [PRONI]. More are still in private hands. NUIGalway published a database for Connaught and Munster estates:


Maps – Ordnance Survey of Ireland Both historic 6” and modern maps


University Collections, eg.Trinity College, Dublin – TCD:

Many online manuscripts, eg 1641 Depositions -  & 1851 Dublin City Census - The Bureau of Military History

Information includes the Witness Statements of The Troubles, Army Census 1922? – includes many in West Cork

A work in progress – a nationwide project, plotting, photographing and transcribing all headstones




NOTE: Do not forget the British Dimension in Irish research – a must for those with Northern Irish ancestry

Wills & Probate, 1858-1943       1912 Ulster Covenant

Freeholders’ Records       19th cent street directories, etc. - National Archives of the UK at Kew

Military records, Royal Irish Constabulary [RIC], Naval, Coastguard & Merchant Marine – Commonwealth War Graves Commissions

A record of those who commemmorated during the two World Wars, including civilians.

A section of FreeUKGEN family, including Census data and Parish Registers

fee paying resource for England & Wales, BMDs & Census, etc

a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland.

It is a non-commercial service, maintained by a charitable trust and a group of volunteers.

Use this website to search: 300,000 births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials in the India Office Records; biographical notes from a variety of sources.

the resource for all Scottish records – fee paying

a pay site, but be careful, as the search engine is expansive and some of the Irish material on this site is available free elsewhere, eg.



Other Webpages of Irish Interest

There are many, many more




Nationwide architectural survey

online journals -  access free with a subscription to History Ireland

including most of the local newspapers – fee paying, but check availability in your local library

Various news clippings, in collaboration with Boston College



60th O MAHONY GATHERING – 21st June 2014






Marriage Certificate:   


LEGAL records firstly, because there is usually more family information than in the Church records, especially names of parents – and possible location in Ireland clues. CHURCH records are usually less informative.


Death Certificate:    


Names of Deceased Parents; Probably Age of Ancestor but mostly this is incorrect

Funeral Director                               

Burial Place

Newspaper Obituaries-- and be sure to read all the newspapers published in the locality




Gives information such as years of entry into the USA and naturalization.        NB:   ALL possible censuses should be found to compare ages and answers to questions



The Petition, rather than Declaration of Intention, or the final grant.                  This application - stage two of the process - is often the only place where the locality information is shown. The townland will probably be spelled phonetically, so care will be needed to identify the name correctly. Use any available index to the townlands of Ireland, now on

microfiche [1901] and reprinted [1851]

Shipping Lists:    


Many emigration lists are now available on fee-paying web sites, such as The earlier shipping lists do not show location of origin, but the port of embarkation.


Check published sources, such as the William Filby volumes, Glazier’s Famine Emigrants, the NEHGS series Missing Friends [now online from Boston College], and a new publication, Irish Relatives & Friends: From ‘Information  Wanted” Ads in the Irish-American, 1850-1871. GPC, 2001


Remember that Ellis Island was not opened until 1892 and it closed in 1924.


The Castle Garden records, 1830-1912.

Remember: Irish emigrants also landed at Boston, Philadelphia. New Orleans, and Canada.  See: for Canadian emigration information.


Headstones & Graves:             

Often the only place where the locality of origin is listed. If damaged - repair them.  [Believe me, this has worked!]




Talk to ALL Relatives, young or old; check and cross-check the stories you are told.


No one will tell you the exact same information.


Were any of the emigrant’s siblings in religion?  If so, check the archives of the order or diocese to see if the baptismal certificate has survived.

Search through all available photographs and family papers; it is surprising where there are clues to location, such as a family poem, a song or story.


Search Documents, Wills, Leases, Family Bible

Memories of any visitors from Ireland?     Any letters from Ireland?              



           Words used in speech can identify a location. Photographs (style of dress, etc.)?  Family poetry? You may have the vital location among your family information and folklore without realising it.

REMEMBER:    Send exact copies of your documents to the genealogist, if you are consulting one,  rather than you analysis of researches.  There could be clues there in that you have ignored.

IMPORTANT:   There are two rules:        If it seems easy, it ain’t!             

                                                                  Think outside the box.



Consult your local library/telephone book for:


[1]        Local/county/state Genealogical Society or Family History Society

[2]        Nearest Family History Centre [under Church of the Latter Day Saints]



Use the Internet - but be sure what you are collecting is good information about your ancestor.

NB: Check it with all other possible sources, particularly the original records.



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