Free Sites for Irish Genealogy

Whether you’re just getting started or have been researching for awhile it’s always beneficial to find sources that are free that either provide access to records and/or tips and insights. Here is a list to get your started:

VITAL RECORDS

Irish Genealogy - civil records

Family Search - an extensive set of listing of records

IRISH GRAVEYARD RESEARCH

Irish Graveyards - gravestone records and photographs

Historic Graves - gravestone records and photographs

CONNECTING TO PARISHES AND LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Ireland Reaching Out - a volunteer service dedicated to linking the global Irish community to parishes for assistance across Ireland

SCHOOL AND FOLKLORE COLLECTION

National Schools Collection - a collection of 1700 accounts and tales ranging from activities, individuals, events, objects, places, natural occurrences, products and timeframes across centuries. Captured by schoolchildren in 1937 and 1938.

CENSUS RECORDS

1901 and 1911 Census - the two full census collections across the island of Ireland (to include present day Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland)

TITHE APPLOTMENTS

Tithe Applotment Books - a useful source to counter destroyed or missing census records and other key resources that had they been available would have been most valuable to family history research. The tithes (taxes) were collected between 1823 and 1837,

VARIETY OF INFORMATION

Connors Genealogy - a collection that includes excerpts from such records and lists as birth and marriage records, surname information, flax growers list and more. Focuses on counties Armagh, Clare, Galway, Kilkenny, Leix (Laois), Leitrim, Limerick, Mayo, Monaghan and Tipperary

Do also check local county genealogy and historical centers as many house very specialized records that may not appear on main genealogy search sites - and will be free.