The available resources on the internet are expanding rapidly. Online sites are particularly useful to those who wish to find out what is available and where it can be retrieved. They also provide much needed communication tools which may benefit you in your genealogical quests.
The IrelandGenWeb Project is part of the WorldGenweb Project. Supported by volunteers, the projects objectives are to build communities of family historians all around the world, dedicated to local genealogical research. It consists of county websites which feature genealogical databases, research guides and useful links.
This national site provides useful guides to many of its collections including the 1901 and 1911 census returns, tithe applotment books, Griffith’s Primary Valuation and Wills and testamentary records.
Eneclann is the largest family history research company in Ireland. It is involved in a number of unique digitisation and indexing projects at major archives and libraries in Ireland. A number of record collections digitised by Eneclann are searchable for a fee at Irishorigins.com
Irish origins offers many valuable collections of Irish genealogical material online, including Griffith’s valuation, Griffith’s survey maps, an 1851 census of Dublin City, tithe defaulters 1831, an index of Irish wills pre-1858 and other databases for Irish genealogists. As a subscriber you can search and view collections in full.
The Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) is a co-ordinating body for a network of government approved genealogical research centres in the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Together these research centres have digitised almost 40 million Irish ancestral records, primarily church records of baptism, marriages, and burials, and made the indexes available online for free. To view a detailed record, you may purchase credit online for instant access at a per-record cost.
A variety of interesting Irish databases are offered online through this site, although most require a subscription to access. The focus is rare 19th century genealogical material, most of which is exclusive to this site. The most popular database features transcripts of gravestones from old churches and graveyards, made by the Association for the preservations of Memorials of the Dead formed in 1888. Many of these headstones no longer exist today.
Irish genealogy allows you to search indexes of computerised records from many heritage centres across Ireland. This site is government based. There are over 1,334,000 church records of baptism, marriage and death available to view free of charge from this website. Irish genealogy also features the Central signposting Index (CSI). With over 3 million genealogical records, it is a good starting if you are not certain of your ancestor’s county of origin. This index can point you to the county-based heritage centres that may hold the records you seek; and they can provide the information for a fee.
This has produced a comprehensive website which lists details of the sources available for every county in Ireland, details of civil and Roman catholic parishes, as well as local research facilities. Extensive transcripts are available online for some counties including those of muster rolls, freeholder’s lists and marriage and census extracts.
Irish ancestors is the creation of John Grenham and The Irish Times; an online genealogy guide based upon Grenham’s 1992 book Tracing your Irish Ancestors. Although this is a subscription site, it has a lot of free information to help you get started includign a database of more that 65,000 Irish placenames to help you pinpoint the county and parish of your ancestors.
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) holds millions of documents that relate chiefly but by no means exclusively, to present day Northern Ireland. The earliest recording dates from 1219, with the main concentration of records covering the period 1600 to the present. PRONI has added a number of useful databases including the Ulster Covenant 1912, Irish freeholder records, street directories and Will Calendars. It is also possible to access the e-catalogue which is a fully searchable database containing over one million entries relating to PRONI’s archives.
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