Ireland SIG

The Ireland SIG is not currently active. This page provides links to some useful resources for Irish family history research.

There is a Google Map of the names and locations of former members’ ancestors.

General Introduction

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors by John Grenham, now in its third edition, is the best overview. Available at our genealogy library, from, and elsewhere.

Genealogical Databases for Ireland in General

  • 1901 and 1911 Censuses of Ireland: The National Archives of Ireland provides free access to these censuses. Taken prior to the partition in 1922, they cover both Northern Ireland and the Republic. The Archives gives an overview of their contents.
  • Griffith’s Valuation: This is also free and covers all of Ireland. It was published between 1847 and 1864. It was done for tax purposes so it lists only landlords and tenants. This version  of Griffith’s overlays contemporary road maps on the 19th century maps. Contact Ken Jordan or Mike Carroll if you need help with this feature.
  • Irish Family History Foundation: This site offers church records for baptisms, marriages, and burials, for almost all of Ireland. They cover primarily the 19th century, with some earlier. The individual records are transcriptions, not images, but are often not available online anywhere else. Pricing policies are subject to change, so please check the website to see what they are currently.
  • Irish Genealogy: This site also offers church records. It appears to cover counties that for one reason or another are not in the Irish Family History Foundation database.
  • Ireland Databases at FamilySearch: This is part of a large, free collection of databases being constructed by the LDS Church. The largest Ireland database there at the moment is the Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958. This is an index, not the records themselves. The record must be ordered from the General Register Office (see below).
  • This site is not free, but SCVGS has a subscription that includes Ireland, which may be used at the club rooms when they’re open. They have roughly 150 databases for Ireland, including for example Tithe Applotment Books, 1824-1837, a predecessor to Griffith’s Valuation.

Genealogical Databases for Northern Ireland

Placename Databases (free)

Message Boards and Mailing Lists (free)

  • RootsChat offers message boards for the British Isles, including Ireland. This site is based in Britain and seems to have lots of Irish users who can answer questions.
  • Ancestry also offers message boards for Ireland. You do not need a paid subscription to use them, though you may need to register in order to post messages.
  • RootsWeb provides mailing lists for Ireland. Mailing lists pre-date the web. Many find message boards easier to use.

Books in the SCVGS Library

  • A Genealogical Atlas of Ireland by Brian Mitchell has county maps with their parishes, baronies, and poor law unions, and explains what those are.
  • Irish Records by James G. Ryan gives details on what records are available & where.
  • For a complete list of our books on Ireland, click here.

Other Useful Websites

  • BalleybegVillage gives an explanation of Irish land divisions.
  • The Clare Roots Society is a genealogy club that partners with the Co. Clare Library.
  • Cyndi’s List has a comprehensive list of Ireland sites, but no evaluation of them.
  • FamilySearch Wiki provides a great deal of information on history, geography, etc.
  • IrelandGenWeb and NorthernIrelandGenWeb: maintained by volunteers, you may find a pot of gold, or just an empty pot. Includes county-level information.
  • IrelandStory  has demographic maps and articles on Irish history like the Potato Famine.
  • MyIrishAncestry offers message boards and searches of Griffith’s Valuation.

Centrally Located Repositories in Ireland

Visiting Ireland


Header and footer photos are the Grianán of Aileach in Co. Donegal, from PD Photo. The Celtic symbol is a triquetra, and the version used here is from Webweaver. Ken Jordan provided some of the links.