Online Genealogical Sources

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Note: Loss of Records and Complications. Poor survival rate of records.
1921 - destruction of the Public Records Office at Four Courts, major and famous archival disaster
1711 – fire at Custom office
1758 – fire at Dublin Castle
This site currently has the indexes for the Roman Catholic diocese of Dublin City, Carlow, Cork and Ross (except Cork City), and Kerry, as well as Church of Ireland records of Dublin City, County Kerry and County Carlow. It contains the historic records of Births over 100 years ago, Marriages over 75 years ago and Deaths over 50 years ago of the General Register Office (GRO). Includes 2016 Family History a free Irish genealogy education website, brought to you by the National Archives and The site is aimed primarily at secondary school students, but can be used by anyone with Irish ancestors to learn how to use the multiplicity of online sources now available for family history. The church records contain baptism, marriage and burial information, which may differ from parish to parish or church to church, as different clergymen may have been more or less specific than others. It is also important to note that in many cases, Roman Catholic burial records may contain less information than those from the Church of Ireland. is a resource from Dublin City Public Libraries and Archives focusing on databases derived from printed and other historic records related to Dublin city and surrounding administrative areas. The databases that may be useful for tracing your family tree include:

  • Community Memory - a database of plaques and public memorials throughout the City.
  • Dublin Directory 1647-1708 - a database of Dubliners compiled from a variety of sources.
  • Ancient freemen of Dublin (1461 to 1491, and 1564 to 1774) - a database of all those on the who were entered into the Freedom of the City by the City Assembly.
  • Dublin City Electoral Lists 1908 to 1915 - a database of all those registered to vote in municipal elections.
  • Dublin Graveyards Directory - a database with details of all graveyards in the Dublin area.
  • Cemetery Burial Registers (Clontarf, Drimnagh, and Finglas) - a database of those buried in three now closed cemeteries which are under the control of Dublin City Council.
  • Index to Dublin City Council Minutes 1881-1987
Access at your local library.
Family history website, set up by Eneclann, a research and publishing house, and Findmypast, a family history website initially launched in the UK. Gives access to the Irish Prison Registers, the Landed Estates Court records, the complete Griffith's Valuation, over 400,000 gravestones and church memorials, military records from the details of over 8,000 people involved in the 1798 Rebellion through to the names of more than 49,000 Irishmen who lost their lives fighting in World War I, access to over 250,000 obituaries and other newspaper notices, and lists of 52,600 individuals eligible to vote in elections between 1832 and 1838. Includes the records formerly available at |
This site has the option to either register for a paid subscription or use limited resources for free. Unfortunately, the limited access is quite limited, and in order to reap the benefits of the many indexes and records, the paid subscription is a must, (see Ancestry Library Edition below). However, the site does offer the option to build a digital family tree without the subscription, a very handy and convenient way to organize information. Records and data can be added to the tree without the subscription if you so choose, with fees based on national or international access. The subscription service, however, provides hints to advance the data collected on the tree, both from their own archives and from other members’ trees. The option to send DNA to be mapped is also offered. Many of the files offered are also scanned and digitized, as to allow viewing of the actual documents.

Ancestry Library Edition
Available at The Reading Room, Dublin City Library & Archive. Available on 2 PCs, on a first come, first served basis.
Powered by, Ancestry Library Edition features billions of records in census data, directories, photos, and more from countries all over the world. Includes official records for the First World War, i.e. British Army World War I Service Records 1914-20; British Army World War I Pension Records 1914-20; British Army World War I Medal Rolls Index Cards 1914-20; UK Soldiers died in the Great War 1914-1919 - so it is very useful if you are searching for Irish soldiers in the Great War.
This site has digitized and made searchable the Census of Ireland 1901/1911and Census fragments and substitutes, 1821-51, in partnership with the Library and Archive of Canada. All 32 counties are present, searchable by not only the typical queries, but also contains information about the occupation, literacy status, county or country of origin, proficiency in the Irish language, and illnesses or child survival of those censured. It is arranged and searchable by townland (the smallest division of land) and by street name, for those in the urban areas. This is a very handy research tool, especially where it offers so much information and is very easily searched.
This service is provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, offering online searching as well as free downloadable software (a genealogy/family history program). They also offer free online classes, either to view online or download. The search engine has the ability to search not only by name or place, but also by life event and date ranges. What makes this site unique is the ability to cross search with names of spouses or parents. Once a family member, or potential family member, is selected, the information is drawn up on the right hand side of the screen, where the search results remain available on the left. This is extremely convenient and is a very organized way to view many results on one page. This site is likely the easiest and most convenient way to search.


Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland
Access from home, via Dublin City library membership card barcode number. Select 'Login with your library card'.
Over 45,000 entries. This is the ultimate reference work on family names, covering English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames.


Thank-you to Kady D’Addario from Boston University, Massachusetts, USA who originally compiled this list of sources. Kady was an intern at Dublin City Public Libraries, in summer 2010. She was funded by the EUSA (European Study Abroad) programme.