New Database Site Now Available

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databases.dublincity.ieA new website allowing for the cross-searching of a number of databases produced by Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive can now be accessed online. replaces as the point of access to a variety of databases, which heretofore could only be searched individually. In addition to those databases which were available on have been added the Cemetery Burial Registers and the Dublin Directory 1647-1708. [First posted 29th April 2015]


Most of the original records from which the databases are created are held in the Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

Much of the work in the delivery of the website, including database production, search interface, initial research and the preparation and editing of material, has been carried out by John Grenham, Genealogist.

More databases will be added as they are completed.

Featured Databases

The databases featured and included in the combined search are:

- 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 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 City Electoral Lists 1938 to 1964 - a database of all those registered to vote in local elections. The Dublin City Electoral Lists 1937-64 have been taken down from For more information, please e-mail

- 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.


The Monica Roberts Collection is not included in the combined search and needs to be searched separately. This collection contains 453 letters from 56 soldiers to Monica Roberts during World War One.


The Parish Registers, containing baptism, marriage and burial records for Dublin Parishes and originally available on, have been incorporated into the Irish Genealogy website and form a significant portion of the total records available on that website. These records were compiled by the Dublin Heritage Group for Dublin City Public Libraries. The records can also be accessed in the Reading Room, Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin.


Other Content from

Aside from the databases, also contained other content of interest, and you can rest assured this content has not been lost as a result of recent developments. Note the following (with updated links):

The Dublin Diary - lists stories that made the news in Dublin over the years during the current month.

Publications -  a list of publications produced by Dublin City Council / Public Libraries, many of which can be purchased.

History Groups & Societies -  formerly titled 'Local & Family History Associations'.

Historic Collections
Wide Street Commission Map Collection

- Ballymun Concrete News

see also eResources.

The digital media content has been moved to our blog site, itself scheduled to move to our main website in the near future. Updates on this development will be posted on


Dear NLI, For many years,details of my G.Grandparents Patrick Kelly & Elizabeth Kelly,nee Lewis, eluded me? last week as I was browsing your new database, I happened to look in one of the (closed cemetery's St John the Baptist) and to my everlasting gratitude to the staff at the NLI. Out popped both of them buried at St John's. The facts about Patrick Kelly, of No6 Hamilton Row, D19/05/1901, B21/05/1901, are spot on.. However, the details concerning the death and burial of Elizabeth Kelly(age 51)of No16 Derry Hill lane, are missing, Also the same details for John Kelly, (age 18 months) his son are missing. Would you be soo kind as to inform me how I go about getting the relevant information required to send away for copies of their death certificates from Irish GROs office? warmest regards Patrick Kelly

Many thanks for your enquiry regarding the on-line database of Clontarf cemetery burial registers, which is a Dublin City Council project, under the overall direction of Dublin City Librarian, Margaret Hayes, and Dublin City Archivist, Dr. Mary Clark.

The original burial registers along with digitised images are held at Dublin City Library and Archive and can be accessed via ou Reading Room. We have examined the digital images and found the following additional information relating to Elizabeth and John Kelly.

Elizabeth Kelly, died 21 August 1899, interred 23 August 1899
John Kelly, died 20 January 1881, interred 22 January 1881

If you have any further queries - please email us at

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