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Family History Research

Introduction

Detail from Heraldic Miscellany, 1848From the Freedom of Dublin Records, commencing in 1225, to the Thom’s Dublin Street Directory of 2005, Dublin City Archives and the Dublin and Irish Collections provide complementary sources to assist the genealogist in tracing a family tree.

The principal sources for family history research are categorised as follows:

  • Church records including indexes to Baptisms, Marriages and Burials from a number of Dublin parish registers of the 18th and 19th centuries compiled by the Dublin Heritage Group for Dublin City Public Libraries.
  • Land records including Griffith’s Valuation 1848-1862.
  • Civil and Census records including Indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths to the 1950s (with some gaps) from the General Register Office Dublin.
  • Further sources including occupational and biographical records.

If you are beginning your family history research for the first time we recommend that you read our suggested trace your family tree methodology to help you get the most from your visit.

Church Records

Church Records available for consultation include indexes to Baptisms, Marriages and Burials from a number of Dublin parish registers of the 18th and 19th centuries compiled by the Dublin Heritage Group for Dublin City Public Libraries.

Civil and Census Records

Civil and Census records include Freedom Records 1225 - 1918, Census returns 1901-1911, indexes to civil records of births, marriages and deaths, the electoral registers from 1937 to present and indexes to wills.

Land Records

Land Records held in the Reading Room include Griffith's Valuation 1848-1862, Tithe Applotment Books 1828-1832, Ordnance Survey first edition 6-inch maps, Ordnance Survey letters and the 17th Century Civil Survey for Dublin and other counties.

Trace Your Family Tree

A step-by-step guide to beginning genealogical research.

Other Genealogy Sources

Other genealogical sources available include educational and occupational records, emigration records, biographical records, cemetery and memorial records and legal documents.

Online Genealogical Sources

List of online resources if searching for Irish genealogical records.