Family History - Irish Related Links

1. Griffith's Valuation
The Griffith's Primary Valuation was the first full-scale valuation of property in Ireland. It was overseen by Richard Griffith and published between 1847 and 1864. It is one of the most important surviving 19th century genealogical sources. On this site you may search by Family Name or Place name.

O’Kief, Coshe Mang, Slieve Lougher, and Upper Blackwater in Ireland

This will download a PDF file containing a good general introduction to the sixteen-volume collection of works of the same title edited by Dr. Albert Eugene Casey. These volumes contain a vast amount of primary Irish resources of the West Cork and East Kerry area and have more than 3,000,000 individual Irish personal names in the indexes. If you use these records you are likely to find records from a treasure trove of genealogical resources, such as baptisms and marriages (mostly Roman Catholic, but also Church of Ireland and Quaker), family histories, pedigrees, newspaper abstracts, rental lists and estate ledgers, indexes to wills, extracts from Tithe Applotment Books and Griffith’s Primary Valuation, Elizabethan fiants, census fragments, tombstone inscriptions and even excerpts from the Annals of the Four Masters.

How can you access these volumes? The State Library of New South Wales has a full set of the books in the overseas records section of the Family History room. Also, the Society of Australian Genealogists has a near full set (their catalogue indicates volumes 1, 2 and 5 are missing). Also, the LDS Family History Library has microfilmed the set up to volume 14 as films 823801-823809. You should be able to order these through the local LDS Research Centres.


Census of Ireland 1911

This site has the full Irish Census of 1911 and it may be searched for free. It holds the household returns and ancillary records for the censuses of Ireland of 1911 from the National Archives of Ireland.

Irish Genealogy

This site is a good start to tracing Irish family history and has a small but growing database of searchable church records of Dublin and Kerry Dioceses. Work has commenced to complete the computerisation of the remaining available records for Dublin and Kerry and the remaining records for County Carlow. Records from the Diocese of Cork and Ross which encompasses Cork City and all of the parishes in West Cork will be added next. It is intended to have these elements of the project completed and available online by the mid-2010.

Irish Family History Foundation

This site is part of the Irish Genealogical Online Record Search System (ORS), an all Ireland initiative organised by the Irish Family History Foundation. This is the co-ordinating body for a network of government approved genealogical research centres in the Republic of Ireland (Eire) and in Northern Ireland which have computerised almost 40 million Irish Ancestral records, primarily Church births (baptisms), marriages and deaths. It contains the largest collection of Parish records for the island of Ireland that are searchable online. Search for your ancestor across all counties and research centres or select a particular centre from the map. The indexes are free to search however, you have to pay to view the original records.

Genealogy Projects in Ireland

This site has links to the large number of family history projects currently being undertaken with Irish records and research in mind. It lists both free and pay-to-view sites. It is well worth a visit.

Irish Newspapers

The National Library of Australia has access to a number of Irish newspapers dating back to 1763. To access these you MUST be a registered library user, however becoming a registered user is very easy to do on the internet and best of all is free! See the website for details. 

The following newspapers are currently available (April 2011): Irish Independent 1905-2011; Irish Press 1931-1960; Irish Farmers Journal 1957-1998; Sunday Independent 1906-2011; Anglo-Celt 1846-2011; City Tribune 1984-2011; Connacht Sentinel 1927-2011; Connacht Tribune 1909-2011; Connacht Telegraph 1975-2011; Donegal news 1980-2011; Fermanagh Herald 2011; Finns Leinster Journal; Freemans Journal 1763-1924; Gaelic Life 2011; Kerryman 1950-2011; Leitrim Observer 1904-1998; Meath Chronicle 1897-2011; Munster Express 1908-2011; Nation 1842-1897; Nenagh Guardian 1838-2011; Southern Star 1892-2011; Strabane Chronicle 2011; Tuan Herald 1837-2000; Tyrone Herald 2011; Weastmeath Examiner 1882-2011.


Kerry Graveyard Records

This is a searchable site of Kerry Burial registers containing details of burials in local authority cemeteries. Whilst the records relate mostly to the 20th century, they contain incredible detail such as the address, gender, age, religion, occupation, marital status, cause of death, etc.

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