Overview


All of the record sources included in the Surname search, Ancestor search, Subscription and Placenames sections of Irish Ancestors are relationally connected, and organised around simple, easy-to-follow forms. For every townland, town or street throughout the island of Ireland all relevant genealogical record references are visible at the click of a button.

Version 2 of the site, launched in September 2000, greatly expands the coverage of surnames, providing details of the locations, origins and variants of almost 27000 names; adds the complete text of Lewis' Topographical Dictionary; includes a mid-nineteenth-century survey showing the number of householders of a particular surname in each parish of Ireland; shows civil parish maps for every area of the island; and adds significantly to all of the existing record categories listed below.

Irish Ancestors reproduces in a compact automated format the expertise of a professional genealogist applied to all the major Irish genealogical reference works to produce a detailed customised research outline.

In addition, the site includes the Internet's largest collection of Irish genealogy links, a selection of articles on Irish heritage and genealogy, and comprehensive descriptions of all the research sources.


Contents


Irish Ancestors includes record references in all of the following categories:

Detail


LEWIS' TOPOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF IRELAND (1837)

  • The most comprehensive and detailed contemporary guide to the localities of Ireland. The search returns all entries from the relevant civil parish (3369 entries). Click here for a sample.
    Also included are the maps published with the Dictionary.


GRIFFITH'S VALUATION HOUSEHOLD SURVEY

  • A complete count of all households of a particular surname in Griffith's Valuation (1847-64), searchable down to parish level.
    Click here for a sample.


SURNAME DICTIONARY

  • An extensive dictionary of Irish surnames, giving a brief description of the frequency, origin and location of the name (8207 entries)
    Click here for a sample.


MAPS


PLACENAMES


CHURCH RECORDS

Click here for a sample.

Complete listings of Roman Catholic registers (1153 parishes/3146 sets of records)
  • * in the National Library of Ireland
  • * in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • * in Local Genealogical Centres
  • * in the Family History Library of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints
  • * in local custody, where relevant
  • * published
  • * online
Complete listings of Church of Ireland registers (1707 parishes/4791 sets of records)
  • * originally in the Irish Public Record Office
  • * currently in the National Archives of Ireland
  • * in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • * in Local Genealogical Centres
  • * in the Family History Library of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints
  • * in the Representative Church Body Library
  • * in local custody, where relevant
  • * published
  • * online
Complete listings of Presbyterian registers (633 congregations/836 sets of records)
  • in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • * in Local Genealogical Centres
  • * in the Family History Library of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints
  • * in local custody, where relevant
  • * in the Presbyterian Historical Society
  • * online
Complete listings of Methodist registers (255 churches/295 sets of records)
  • * in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • * in Local Genealogical Centres
  • * in the Family History Library of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints
  • * in local custody, where relevant
  • * published
  • * online
Complete listings of registers of other denominations (64 churches/89 sets of records)
  • * in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • * in Local Genealogical Centres
  • * in the Family History Library of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints
  • * in local custody, where relevant
  • * published
  • * online

CENSUS RECORDS

  • Complete listing of all Irish censuses and census substitutes, with all transcripts (803 record sources)
    Click here for a sample.

COATS OF ARMS

  • Full colour coats of arms for 130 of the most common Irish surnames


GRAVESTONE INSCRIPTIONS

  • Complete listing of all graveyards in Ireland 1848-1864, with full listing of all transcripts of inscriptions, locations and nature. (3259 transcripts/5100 graveyards)
    Click here for a sample.

STATE RECORDS OF BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS

  • Complete guide to the state records of births marriages and deaths, with details of all copies and indexes available.

ESTATE RECORDS

  • Complete listing of all catalogued estate papers, rent rolls, and tenants lists in the National Library, National Archives of Ireland and Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, with details of coverage and locations for 24 counties.(841 record sources as of May 2012)
  • Extensive listing of estate papers, rent rolls, and tenants lists published and in repositories other than the National Archives and National Library (in progress).
    Click here for a sample.

DIRECTORIES

  • Complete listing of 18th and 19th century trade and other directories, including precise details of all towns covered. (462 towns, 65 record sources)
    Click here for a sample.

OCCUPATIONS

  • Complete listing of research sources related to specific occupations (63 occupations; 223 record sources)
    Click here for a sample.

PASSENGER LISTS

  • Complete listing of published and manuscript passenger lists (463 entries - in progress)
    Click here for a sample.

THE IRISH ABROAD

  • Extensive bibliography of works related to the Irish abroad (788 entries).
    Click here for a sample.

THE GENEALOGICAL OFFICE


WILLS

  • Complete listing of all will abstracts, transcripts and indexes (216 record sources)

NEWSPAPER INDEXES

  • Complete listing of all newspaper indexes and newspaper biographical extracts (53 record sources)

LOCAL HISTORY JOURNALS

  • Complete listing of local history journals (208 entries)
    Click here for a sample.

LIBRARIES AND RESEARCH SERVICES


LOCAL HISTORIES

  • Extensive local history bibliography (1654 entries)
    Click here for a sample.

PERIODICAL LOCAL HISTORIES

  • Extensive local history bibliography (855 entries)

FAMILY HISTORIES

  • Extensive bibliography of published and privately printed family histories (1787 entries - in progress)
    Click here for a sample.

PERIODICAL FAMILY HISTORIES

  • Extensive bibliography of periodical-published family histories (639 entries - in progress)
    Click here for a sample.

SURNAME DISTRIBUTIONS

  • The distribution of 2296 surnames in 1890, as recorded in birth records. From Matheson's Special Report of Surnames
    Click here for a sample.

SURNAME HISTORIES

  • Surname histories for 680 of the most common Irish surnames
    Click here for a sample.

DEEDS

  • Guide to the Registry of Deeds

Last updated January 2013