Directory of Irish Genealogy

Addresses and Links



Ask About Ireland
Website (maintained by Library Council of Ireland and providing free online access to various sources including Griffith's Valuation)

Burke's Peerage and Gentry
Website (publishers of the famous Peerage, 107th Edition 2003, and a range of works dealing with the families of British and Irish nobility and gentry, which are now accessible online on a subscription basis)

Centre for Irish Genealogical and Historical Studies, Carraig, Cliff Road, Windgates, Bray, Co Wicklow, Ireland
Website the current location (Director Sean Murphy MA, a voluntary non-commercial entity producing publications relating to Irish genealogy, heraldry and history)

Clare County Library, Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland
Website contains a range of freely accessible databases relating to Co Clare, including  1901 Census, Griffith's Valuation and other sources.

Dublin City Library and Archives, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Open 10am-8pm Mon-Thu, 10am-5pm Fri-Sat (reader's tickets required, research free, pay-card copying facilities from microfilm/fiche)
Website (the City Library and Archives share the same facility, there is a wide range of genealogical and historical reference materials on the open shelves, and also self-service copying facilities from microfilms)
Website (a pay-to-view site offering access to Griffith's Valuation, directories, prison and court records and other material)

Free Irish Genealogy eBooks
Website (lists with links to free online books relating to Irish genealogy)

General Register Office, postal applications to headquarters at Government Offices, Convent Road, Roscommon, Ireland, genealogical/family history research facility (from 30 September 2013) at Werburgh Street, Dublin 2
Open 9.30am-4.30pm Mon-Fri (search and reproduction fees charged to all users)
Website (no specific genealogical content or facility for online research)
Note that the indexes to Irish births, marriages and deaths can be searched freely at, scroll down to 'Browse by Location'

Heraldic Artists, 3 Nassau Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Website (a wide range of books on genealogy and heraldry available by mail order)

Irish Ancestors
Website (subscription genealogical service of the Irish Times, based on Grenham's Recordfinder, with free surname and placename search facility)
Website (online pay-to-view site of the Irish Family History Foundation, €5 per item, transcriptions only with no original records, all counties not included and for some there are only partial or limited databases)

Irish Genealogy
Website (a free site maintained by the Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture, indexes to and some digitised images of Catholic and Church of Ireland parish registers of Counties Carlow, Cork, Dublin and Kerry).

Irish Origins
Website; a pay-to-view site offering access to Griffith's Valuation and other sources (can be accessed without charge on premises of National Library of Ireland)

Leitrim-Roscommon 1901 Census
Website, freely accessible databases of 1901 Census for Cos Leitrim and Roscommon, as well for parts of Cos Mayo, Sligo, Wexford, Westmeath, Galway.

National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street, Dublin 8, Ireland
Open 10am-5pm Mon-Fri (reader's ticket required, research free, self-service access to microfilm and microfiche, and pay-card copying facilities)
Website (contains some genealogical guidance, as well as a facility to search online lists of some records, and Australian transportation records); the 1901 and 1911 Censuses are online at; for our online Guide to the National Archives of Ireland go to

National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Open 10am-9pm Mon-Wed, 10am-5pm Thu-Fri, 10am-1pm Sat (reader's ticket or visitor's pass required, Genealogy Service Room now open, research free)
Website (contains some genealogical guidance; catalogues searchable online)

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast BT3 9HQ, Northern Ireland
Open 9am-4.45pm Mon-Wed, Fri, 10am-8.45pm Thu (reader's ticket required)
Website (giving detailed guidance on using the records for genealogical research, and containing considerable information of all-Ireland relevance)

Representative Church Body Library, Braemor Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14, Ireland
Open 9.30am-1pm, 2.30-5pm Mon-Fri
Website (library and archives of the Church of Ireland, holds parish registers and other material)

University College Dublin, Adult Education Centre, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Website (courses in genealogy and a range of other disciplines are provided; the catalogue of UCD Library can be searched on-line at

Valuation Office Ireland, Irish Life Centre, Abbey Street Lower, Dublin 1, Ireland
Open 9.30am-12.30pm, 2-4.30pm Mon-Fri (search fees charged)
Website (records of genealogical relevance include Cancelled Valuation Lists from the 1850s onwards, and Valuation Maps)


Selected Websites Abroad

British Library, London, England
Website (features an on-line catalogue search facility)

Scotland's People
Website (census returns, vital records and old church registers can be searched online for a fee)

National Archives (formerly Public Record Office), Kew, Surrey, England
Website (a very sophisticated site, with much useful information, details of publications and links; the censuses for England and Wales can be accessed online for a fee at via websites of partners listed at

National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
Website, Provo, Utah
Website (a subscription service offering online access to US censuses 1790-1930 and other records, as well as a growing number of European records, including Irish)

Website (free website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), containing searchable databases and digitised images, with international guides and other useful information; for Irish material scroll down and click 'United Kingdom and Ireland')

Family Tree DNA
Website (commercial DNA testing service for genealogists, with useful online tutorials)

Family Tree Maker
(contains information on and facility to purchase this genealogy program)

Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Website (republishes out of print books and issues new titles)

The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA), P.O. Box 619, Sudbury, MA  01776, USA
Website (a nonprofit organization for Irish genealogical and historical research and education, contents include the results of a survey of genealogical services offered by Irish Heritage Centres)

Library of Congress Local History and Genealogy Reading Room, Washington, DC, USA

National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC, USA
Wesbsite (contains useful information, details of publications and links to regional centres in the USA)

Library and Archives Canada
Website (contains useful guidance on Canadian genealogical research)

New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Website (the premier genealogical society in the United States)

Genealogical Society of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

National Archives of Australia, Canberra, Australia
Website (contains useful guidance on Australian genealogical research)

Society of Australian Genealogists

National Archives of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand

Cyndi's List
(links to hundreds of thousands of genealogy websites internationally)

Surname Navigator
Website (lists of searchable databases for USA, Canada, Britain, Ireland and many other countries)

UK and Ireland Genealogical Information Service
Website a substantial list of information and links)