Irish records

The people of Ireland have always had a passion for their land and traditions. Our Irish records help you meet these people — your ancestors — and learn more about the places and eras that shaped them.

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Irish Catholic Parish1655-1915

March 2016 is a big month for Ireland because in addition to St Patrick’s Day it’s also the centenary of the Easter Rising. To commemorate the event that gave birth to modern Ireland and to help you piece together a more accurate picture of your Irish family history, we’re adding 10 million Catholic parish records to our database today.

Covering more than 1,000 parishes and stretching back to the 17th century, these new records are the single most important register of Irish family history prior to the 1901 census.

Crusheen Records1860-2014

The small Catholic parish of Crusheen (Irish: Croisín) in County Clare, Ireland is the source of the newest additions to Ancestry’s rapidly expanding collection of parish records. We have two new Crusheen Catholic collections for you to explore: Crusheen Catholic Parish Registers, 1860-2014, which include information-rich baptism, confirmation, marriage and burial registers; and Crusheen Catholic School Records, 1862-1919, which include names, birth dates and enrollment dates for each student along with school names and location.

Irish Catholic Registers1763-1912

Search these church registers for details of baptisms, marriages and burials of Irish Catholics across three centuries. In 1831, 80% of Irish people declared themselves Catholic, which just shows how likely you are to find relatives here.

With more than a million records covering 22 of the possible 32 counties of Ireland, this important collection is a must-search for anyone with Irish roots.

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Births, Marriages & Deaths1825-1978

Birth, marriage and death records are the basic building blocks of anybody’s family tree. Construct your Irish lines quickly and easily with our Birth, Marriage, and Death Indexes, 1825-1978.

These 22 million records cover the period of the destroyed Irish censuses, so they can help you fill in frustrating gaps in your discoveries. Indexes from Northern Ireland are included up to 1922.

Catholic Parish Records1742-1884

Although the official Church of Ireland was Anglican in the 18th and 19th centuries, most people refused to conform. This means Catholic records are your best bet for tracing early births, marriages and deaths.

Split into baptism, marriage and burial records, these comprehensive registers reveal names, dates, places and often other family members. And because they date back before the Great Famine, you’ll find many ancestors who later fled the country for new homes abroad.

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Griffith’s Valuation1848-1864

Griffith’s Valuation is the most useful of the ‘census substitutes’ that fill the gap in 19th-century Irish research. It was created to work out how much tax the country’s inhabitants should be paying.

Sir Richard Griffith’s assessors worked out the value of all of Ireland’s privately owned property. The resulting records cover the vast majority of households, and while they don’t list every family member, they do let you pinpoint where your relatives were living.

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