Irish Heritage Toolkit

Irish Heritage Toolkit

You don't need the luck of the Irish to find your ancestors on the auld sod — just our quick guide to researching your Emerald Isle roots.

Organizations

General Register Office (Ireland)

Joyce House, 8-11 Lombard St. E., Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 (1) 635-4000, <www.groireland.ie>

General Register Office (Northern Ireland)

Oxford House, 49-55 Chichester St., Belfast, Northern Ireland, +44 (028 90) 252000, <www.groni.gov.uk>

National Archives of Ireland

Bishop Street, Dublin 8, Ireland, +353 (1) 407-2300, <www.nationalarchives.ie>

National Library of Ireland

Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 (1) 603-0200, <www.nli.ie>

Public Record Office

Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU, England, +44 (020 88) 763444, <www.pro.gov.uk>

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

66 Balmoral Ave., Belfast BT9 6NY, Northern Ireland, +44 (028 90) 255905, <proni.nics.gov.uk>

Registry of Deeds

Chancery Street, Dublin 7, Ireland, +353 (1) 670-7500, <www.irlgov.ie/landreg>

Representative Church Body Library

Braemor Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14, Ireland, +353 (1) 492-3979, <www.ireland.anglican.org/library>

 

 
Digital gold

Find the end of the rainbow with these Irish CD-ROM databases, which include indexes to birth and marriage records, census records, wills, passenger lists and gravestone transcriptions. You can access many of them online through subscription services, too.

The 1851 Dublin City Census: Before the unfortunate destruction of the 1851 census of Ireland, the Public Record Office created this invaluable list of the names and addresses of more than 60,000 heads of household in the city of Dublin. Windows, $42.95, Eneclann

Grenham’s Irish Recordfinder: Enter information about where your ancestors lived, and the Recordfinder will tell you what records are available for that place. Includes maps and Griffith’s Valuation household survey (1848 to 1864). Windows, about $629 including shipping, John Grenham

Heritage Books Archives: Ireland Volume 1: This collection of five digitized Irish history and genealogy books includes Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland, 1536-7870 and many marriage records. Mac or Windows, $37, Heritage Books

Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858: An index to records in the National Archives of Ireland, this CD includes more than 100,000 names. Windows, $39.95, Eneclann

Index to Griffith’s Valuation of Ireland, 1848-1864: This survey of landholders and householders can help you identify an immigrant ancestor’s exact place of origin. Mac or Windows, $59.99, Genealogy.com; online, International & Passenger Records Collection

Indexes to Irish Wills: View page images of indexes to wills probated before 1800 (from five volumes edited by W.P.W. Phillimore). Mac or Windows, $29.95, Quintin Publications

International & Passenger Records Collection <www.genealogy.com>: This subscription service ($14.99 per month or $79.99 per year) from Genealogy.com gives you access to records for millions of immigrants, including three large databases of Irish passengers also published on CD-ROM for Mac or Windows:

1. Irish Immigrants to North America, 1803-1871: Data on 46,000 Irish immigrants to the United States and Canada; $39.99

2. Irish to America, 1846-1865 Passenger and Immigration Lists: Records for 1.5 million Irish immigrants arriving in Boston (1846 to 1851) and New York (1846 to 1865); $59.99

3. Irish to America Passenger and Immigration Lists Vol. 2, 1846-1886: Data on 1.5 million immigrants arriving in Boston (1846 to 1851) and New York (1866 to 1886); $59.99

Irish Flax Grower’s List, 1796 International Land Records: Each of the 60,000 people on this list received an award for planting between one and five acres of flax: four spinning wheels for one acre or a loom for five. Entries give the parish of residence, and most counties are covered. Mac or Windows, $29.99, Genealogy.com; online, International & Passenger Records Collection

Irish in the 1870 Census: This nationwide index to more than 1.1 million US heads of household is a great tool for locating Irish ancestors. Windows, $24.95, Heritage Quest

Irish Parish Records: Antrim, Down, Louth: Despite the CD-ROM’s name, most of the 435,008 records in this database came from gravestone transcriptions. Windows, $39.95, Ancestry.com ; online, UK & Ireland Records Collection

Irish Source Records, 1500S-1800S: This collection of digitized books includes about 190,000 names from marriage records, 1841 and 1851 census records, and indexes to Irish wills. Mac or Windows, $39.99, Genealogy.com; online, International & Passenger Records Collection

Memorials of the Dead: This new product has gravestone transcriptions from 128 cemeteries in the western Irish counties of Galway and Mayo. Of the 8,000 names, 3,000 date from before 1901, and many of the gravestones were erected by American relatives. Windows, $29.95, Eneclann

The Search for Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in The Boston Pilot 1831-1920: These ads refer to Irish immigrants across the United States and often cite places of origin and dates and places of arrival in North America. Mac or Windows, $69.99, New England Historic Genealogical Society; online, NEHGS

Tithe Applotment Books of Ireland, 1823-1838 International Land Records: Like a census, this survey names landholders in the six counties of present-day Northern Ireland. Each entry lists the full name, county, civil parish, townland and year of the tithe book. Mac or Windows, $49.99, Genealogy.com

Vital Records Index: British Isles, 2nd edition: This set of CDs includes Irish birth, baptism and marriage records from 1538 to 1906. Windows, $20, FamilySearch.

The William Smith O’Brien Petition, 1848-1849: After the Irish rebel leader William Smith O’Brien was sentenced to death, 80,000 people signed a petition to gain his clemency. Entries include the signers’ names, addresses and occupations. Windows, $39.95, Eneclann
 

CD-ROMs and online subscriptions

Ancestry.com

<Ancestry.com >, (800) 262-3787

Eneclann

<www.eneclann.ie>, +353 (1) 671-0338

FamilySearch

<www.familysearch.org>, (800) 537-5971

Genealogy.com

<www.genealogy.com>, (800) 548-1806

Heritage Books

<www.heritagebooks.com>, (800) 398-7709

Heritage Quest

<www.heritagequest.com>, (800) 760-2455

International & Passenger Records Collection
 
<www.genealogy.com>, online subscription, $14.99 Per month or $79.99 per year.

John Grenham

<indigo.ie/~rfinder>, +353 (1) 837-9290

New England Historic Genealogical Society
 
<www.newenglandancestors.org>, (888) 296-3447

Quintin Publications

<www.quintinpublications.com>, (800) 747-6687

UK & Ireland Records Collection

<Ancestry.com >, online subscription, $39.95 per quarter or $99.95 per year.

A new online-only resource, Otherdays.com <www.otherdays.com>, includes a searchable database of Griffith’s Valuation, maps from the Ordnance Survey of Ireland, image galleries, historical Irish newspapers and an electronic library of old books. You can access some of the site’s resources, including author Dwight A. Radford’s column, for free. Subscriptions range from $8 for 72 hours to $44 for a year.

From the April 2003 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

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