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 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.

Irish Census Records1901 & 1911

You can now add your Irish ancestors to your trees with the 1901 and 1911 Irish Census Records from the National Archives of Ireland. They are the latest additions to our Web Search project and the only surviving full censuses of Ireland open to the public.

The transcriptions record facts like name, age, religion, occupation, marital status and place of birth. You’ll also find out whether your ancestor spoke Irish.

Guinness Employee Index1824-2002

My goodness! We’ve just added the employee index from the Guinness Archive, you can find out if your ancestors played a part in Ireland's most iconic brewary. As well as confirmation of your relatives’ names and date of birth, you’ll learn about their career in the world famous St. James's Gate Brewery.

There are nearly two centuries’ worth of records here. And once you've located your relatives, you can visit the Guinness Archive website to make an appointment to view your relative's original record.

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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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