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Republic of Ireland SIG

Do you have ancestors from one of the twenty-six counties in the Republic of Ireland?  
Are you interested in locating your ancestors?  
If yes, join us for our Irish SIG.  Please see our Upcoming Events page for dates and locations of meetings.
Counties in the Republic of Ireland:
Carlow Galway Limerick Offaly Wexford
Cavan Kerry Longford Roscommon Wicklow
Clare Kildare Louth Sligo  
Cork Kilkenny Mayo Tipperary  
Donegal Laos Meath Waterford  
Dublin Leitrim Monaghan Westmeath  
Census Finder - Links for each county have been added to the counties above; counties in Northern Ireland can be found here.
Listing by John Grenham of 1911 census that is online but not transcribed, microfilmed but not online, available in hard copy only or just missing.  The listing by county can be found here.
1911 Census - small villages untranscribed but digitized - Listing here.
7 Modules to assist with beginning research in Ireland:  National Archives 2016 Family History - can be downloaded as a PDF file.
2 Feb 2016 Meeting:  Link to Presentation
Nicknames for forenames:
Bartly, Bartel, Bat - Bartholomew
Bridget - Delia, Brid, Bedelia, Brigitta, Bridie, Brita, Brydie, Brighid
Cassie - Catherine
Catherine - Caitlin, Cathleen, Catriona, Karen, Karina, Kathleen, Kathryn, Cathy, Kate, kathy, Katie, Kay, Kit, Kitty, Katharos
Charles - Cormac, Carolus
Con, Neilly - Cornelius
Criddy - Christian
Elizabeth - Sheila
Eoghan - Owen
Hanora - Johanna
Helen - Eileen, Elaine, Eleanor, Ellen, Helena, Helene, Nell, Nellie, Nelly
Honor, Honoria, Norah, Noey, Onny - Hanorah
James - Jacob, Jacobus, Seamus
Jeremiah - Dermot, Demetrius, Diarmuid, Darby
Joan - Jane, Siobhan
Johanna - Josie
John - Johannes, Joannes, Ioannes, Sean (Irish), Owen (Scottish)
Jugge - Judith
Lack, Lacky - Laughlin
Linda - Lynda, Lyn, Lynn, Lynne, Lindy, Lindi
Louie - Lucinda, Ludovicus
Margaret - Margery, Margo, Marguerite, Marjorie, Magan, Rita, Madge, Maggie, Maisie, May, Meg, Peg, Peggy, Margaron
Mary - Maria, Maura, Maire, Maureen (younger Maura)
Mundy - Redmond
Nancy, Nanny, Nano - Anne
Nappy - Penelope
Petrus - Peter 
Polly, Molly - Mary
Rody, Rory - Roderick
Shibby - Isabella
Sia - Cecilia
Saoirse - pronounced Sersha - female for George 
Tatty - Clotworthy
Thaddeus - Timothy
Names ending in 'een' mean young or small
names with og with an accent over o means young; Seanog = young Sean
Link to a website with more nicknames.
Latin translations:
Jacobum or Jacobus = James
Gulielma = William
Brigidam = Bridget

Girls names:

Barbara – Equivalent Irish: Gormladh (pronounced "Gurm-la").
Elizabeth – Equivalent Irish: Sibeal (pronounced "Sybil").
Grace – Equivalent Irish: Gráinne (pronounced "Grawn-ya").
Jane/Janet – Equivalent Irish: Sinéad (pronounced "Shin-ade").
Joan/Joanna – Equivalent Irish: Siobhán (pronounced "Shiv-awn").
Margaret – Equivalent Irish: Mairéad (pronounced "Mor-ade").
PatriciaPat, Patsy, Tricia, Trish, Pádraigín and Patrice

Boys names:
Charles – Equivalent Irish: Cathal (pronounced "Caw-hal"). This also gives us the surname Cahill. As you may be aware, most Irish surnames are derived from first names.

Daniel – Equivalent Irish: Domhnall/Dónal (pronounced "Dough-nal"). This also gives us the surnames McDonnell and O'Donnell. Think of "Daniel O'Donnell".
Dermot – Equivalent Irish: Diarmuid (pronounced "dear-mid").
James – Equivalent Irish: Séamus (pronounced "Shay-mus") - often Shay for short.
- Pádraig, Páraic, Paudie, Padge, Pauric, Podge, Pat, Paddy, Patsy and Pa
Terrence/Terry – Equivalent Irish: Turlough (pronounced "Tur-lock")
Timothy – Equivalent Irish: Tadhg (pronounced "tie-g").
The Aliens Register 1914-1918
Non-UK citizens living in Dublin were required to register with the police.  Here is a link to the register listing those individuals.
Obituaries of the Irish From Around The World
The Genealogical Society of Ireland digitized a 77 page collection of obituaries they have of Irish people who died in places other than Ireland.  Click here to view the listing and the obituary.
Link to Register of Church of Ireland surviving parish registers.  
Here is a listing and map of Civil Registration districts.
Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild - Departure Ports from Ireland (14)
Flax Grower's article here and link to search the 1796 Flax Grower's List.
Link to latin terms in Irish Catholic Parish Registers.
The National Army Museum has released almost 12,000 Irish Solders' Records for 1920-1922, free!  Search here.
Link to Digitized eBooks per county in Ireland.
Peter Robinson Papers & Passenger Lists - In 1822, the British Government established a trial emigration scheme for Irish paupers to Upper Canada. There were two waves of emigration, one in 1823 the second in 1825.
Irish research aids prepared by Fort Myers Library:
Ireland's Lost Babies - Here's a link to a very powerful article and documentary on adoptions out of Ireland.
Article on the Baby Black Market.
Link to the The Tablet, The International Irish Catholic News Weekly issues from 1840
Podcast by Brian Donovan on Police & Army records for Irish Genealogy 1836 to 1922 (55 minutes long)
​Saint John's New Brunswick Almshouse Records 1843 - 1897 - contains place of origin in Ireland
Link to Navigating the Registry of Deeds films on Family Search.
Irish Reproductive Loan Fund
The Irish Reproductive Loan Fund was a micro credit scheme set up in 1824 to provide small loans to the 'industrious poor'. Local associations and committees administered the scheme, most often from a small town in a rural area, and county committees oversaw their work.
FamilySearch has a listing of what records have been digitized & not indexed, but users must log in with an LDS account.  They are located here.
FindMyPast has indexed these records and the index can be searched for free.
1973 Social Welfare Act - also known as the Unmarried Mother's Allowance
Link to statute
Article announcing the benefit.
A Timeline of Irish History on Twile
Articles on books about the Irish in Quebec:
Article on searching property in Ireland.
Prison Memory Archive -a collection of 175 filmed walk-and-talk recordings with those who had a connection with Armagh Gaol and the Maze and Long Kesh Prison during the conflict in and about Northern Ireland.
Cancelled/Revision Books:

LAP or in fee = the person who occupies the land also owns the land so look for a deed

Article on Why Derry is also called Londonderry.

Links to free Irish historical newspapers online.

Article on fairs and markets in Ireland.



Link to Irish American newspapers online.

Obituaries Australia - Contains obituaries for Irish who died in Australia

Free Irish Books Online - Transcribed, not downloadable - on genealogies, directories


Rural Electrification of Ireland - Shows when each area became electrified.

Irish Families on the Blue Ridge Railroad - Locations and names of workers with short biographical sketches who worked along the railroad 1850-1860.

Military Archives - pension applications

Electronic Irish Statue Book

Contacts in NYC for NYPD and NYFD employee files:



Ireland Illustrated - Ireland Illustrated, 1680-1860, is a database of over 500 images of Ireland, with accompanying text, drawn from more than 50 manuscript and printed works, and highlighting several neglected or rarely accessible sources. It provides an opportunity to examine how, in the case of Ireland, diverse representations were created in the course of two centuries.

Irish Railway Record Society

A Primer in Irish Research

Massachusetts Catholic Order of Foresters:

Article by Joe Buggy

Digitized records on FamilySearch

Lost in the Public Record Office Fire:

Census records of pre-famine Ireland 1821, 1831, 1841, 1851

Transportation records back to 1700s containing petitions from prisoners pleading for clemency

Military records - details of local yeomanry back to the 1700s

Church of Ireland parish records dating back to the 1600s

Masses of land transfer records from the 1600s

Many wills dating back to the 1500s

Court records dating back to the 1200s, with details of criminal and civil cases

Ecclesiastical records - i.e., Christ Church deeds to 1174

Guinness Employee Records - 1880s - 1990s/early 2000s - Records can be searched here.

Images of 1960s Ireland

YouTube Videos of Ireland

Annual Celebration Dates:
  • Imbolc" - which starts on February 1st and is the time to celebrate the coming of Spring.
  • "Bealtaine" - starts on May 1st and is the Celtic festival to signal the start of the Summer.
  • "Lughnasa" - starts on August 1st and welcomes the start of Autumn.
  • "Samhain" - this starts on November 1st and is the festival we are heading into at the moment. It has also become known as "Halloween" around the world
Census, Land & Substitutes
1831 Tithe Defaulters
Cork, Pobble O'Keefe census 1830-1852
Dublin City Census 1901: Rotunda Ward
Dublin electoral rolls
Estate Commissioners Offices, Applications from Evicted Tenants, 1907
Griffith's Survey Maps & Plans, 1847-1864
Griffith's Valuation - in fee: own the property; offices=outhouses; acres/roots/perches
Ireland Census 1821-1851
Ireland Census 1911
Ireland Down Ballyroney Presbyterian burial plots, 1895
Ireland Valuation Office books
Ireland, Clare Electoral Registers
Irish Army Census 1922
Irish Census Search Forms 1841 & 1851
Landed Estates Court Rentals 1850-1885
Reports from Committees, Fictitious Votes (Ireland), Select Committee on Fictitious Votes, 1837-1838
The Census of Elphin 1749
The Index to the Dublin City Census 1851
Waterford registers and records
Churches & Religion
Ireland Down Ballyroney Presbyterian communicants 1866-1913
Ireland Down Anaghlone Presbyterian communicants 1868-1913
Ireland, Catholic qualification and convert rolls 1701-1845
Ireland, Society of Friends (Quaker) congregational records
Irish Catholic Church Directories 1836-37

Education & Work
Alumni Dublinenses 1924
Freemen of Dublin City 1774-1824
Ireland Medical Directory 1852
Ireland Merchant Navy Crew Lists 1857-1922
Ireland, Children's Employment Commission Part 2, 1842
Ireland, Irish Revenue Police 1830-1857
Ireland, Royal Hibernian Military School staff list 1864
Ireland, Royal Irish Constabulary History & Directories
Ireland, Royal Irish Constabulary Pensions 1826-1925
Ireland, Royal Irish Constabulary Service Records 1816-1922
Ireland, Society of Friends (Quaker) school records
Medical Directory for Ireland 1858
Registers of Queen's Colleges Ireland 1849-1858
Immigration & Travel
Canadian Emigration: 1826 Parliamentary papers
Ireland, Society of Friends (Quaker) migration records
Passenger Lists leaving UK 1890-1960
Transatlantic Migration from North America to Britain & Ireland 1858-1870
Institutions & Organisations
Clare Poor Law Unions Board Of Guardians Minute Books
Deserted Children, Dublin
Dublin Poor Law Union Board of Guardians Minute Books browse
Dublin Poor Law unions Board of Guardians minute books
Dublin Workhouses Admission & Discharge registers 1840 – 1919
Ireland Dog Licence Registers
Ireland, Dublin Metropolitan Police general register 1837-1925
Ireland, Dublin Metropolitan Police prisoners books 1905-1908 and 1911-1918
Ireland, Legal Administration
Ireland, Outrage Reports 1836-1840
Ireland, Poverty Relief Loans 1821-1874
Irish Prison registers 1790-1924
Petty Sessions order books 1842-1913
Sligo Workhouse Admission and Discharge Registers 1848-1859
Irish Newspaper Collection
The Belfast Morning News
The Belfast Newsletter
The Cork Examiner
The Dublin Evening Mail
The Freeman's Journal
The Sligo Champion
Life Events (Birth, Marriage, Death)
Ardagh Wills 1690-1857
Betham Prerogative Marriage Licences Abstracts, 1629-1810
Cantwell's Memorials of the Dead
Clonfert Marriage Bonds 1663-1857
Clonfert Wills and Administrations 1663-1857
Crossle Genealogical Abstracts
Deputy Keeper of Ireland, Index to the Act or Grant Books, and to Original Wills, of the Diocese of Dublin 1272-1858 (26th, 30th and 31st Reports, 1894, 1899)
Donegal cemetery records
Farrar's Index to Irish Marriages 1771-1812
Fermanagh cemetery records
Fermanagh parish registers baptisms
Fermanagh parish registers burials
Fermanagh parish registers marriages
Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858
Ireland BillionGraves Cemetery Index
Ireland Calendars Of Wills & Administrations 1858-1920
Ireland civil birth registers index
Ireland civil marriage registers index
Ireland Deaths 1864-1870
Ireland Down Anaghlone Presbyterian baptisms 1839-1913
Ireland Down Anaghlone Presbyterian marriages 1845-1913
Ireland Down Annaclone (COI) baptisms 1877-1900
Ireland Down Annaclone (COI) burials 1877-1900
Ireland Down Annaclone (COI) marriages 1845-1900
Ireland Down Ballyroney Presbyterian baptisms 1819-1913
Ireland Down Ballyroney Presbyterian marriages 1831-1906
Ireland Down St Colmans Annaclone (RC) baptisms 1834-1913
Ireland Down St Colmans Annaclone (RC) burials 1851-1913
Ireland Down St Colmans Annaclone (RC) marriages 1851-1913
Ireland memorial and burial register, 1618-2005
Ireland Memorial Inscriptions
Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms
Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Burials
Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Congregational Records
Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Marriages
Ireland Roscommon Kiltullagh cemeteries
Ireland, Gravestone Records
Ireland, Non-conformist marriages
Ireland, original will registers 1858-1920
Ireland, Society of Friends (Quaker) births
Ireland, Society of Friends (Quaker) deaths
Ireland, Society of Friends (Quaker) marriages
Irish Births 1864-1958
Irish Death Notices In American Newspapers
Irish Deaths 1864-1958
Irish Marriage Notices in American Newspapers
Irish Marriages 1845-1958
Kiltullagh Parish (RC) Baptisms
Kiltullagh Parish (RC) Marriages
Leighlin Administrations 1700-1857
Limerick non-conformist baptisms
Limerick non-conformist congregational records 1911-1945
Lincolnshire marriages
Marriage Licence Bonds; Diocese of Cloyne 1630-1800
Memorials of the Dead: Galway & Mayo
Quakers Annual Monitor 1849
Raphoe Marriage Bonds 1710-55 and 1817-30
Register of Derry Cathedral Baptisms 1642-1703
Registers of the French Non-Conformist Churches Dublin 1701-1831
Registers of the French non-conformist churches Dublin 1702-1731
Sir Arthur Vicars, Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland, 1536 - 1810
The Parish Register Society of Dublin, The Registers of St. Patrick, Dublin, 1677-1800, 1907
The Register of Derry Cathedral Burials 1642-1703
The Register of Derry Cathedral Marriages 1642-1703
Thomas Philip Le Fanu, Registers of the French Church of Portarlington, Ireland, 1694-1816
Thrift Genealogical Abstracts
Tipperary Clans Archive
Tyrone Cemetery Records
W.P.W. Phillimore & Gertrude Thrift, Indexes to Irish Wills 1536-1858
Wicklow cemetery records
WW1 Irish Soldiers Wills, 1914-1920
Military Service & Conflict
1798 Claimants and Surrenders
Easter Rising & Ireland under martial law 1916-1921
Ireland Military Pensions and Medals 1916-1922
Ireland Military Pensions and Medals 1916-1922
Ireland Military Records
Ireland, American Fenian Brotherhood 1864-1897
Ireland, British Army Officers 1914-1918
Ireland, Royal Hibernian Military School History
Ireland: National Roll of Honour 1914-1921
Ireland's Memorial Record: World War 1
Kilmainham Pensioners - British Army Service Records 1783-1822
Sinn Féin 1916 Rebellion Handbook ( Irish Times Weekly Supplement 1917 )
William Smith O'Brien Petition 1848
Newspapers, Directories & Social History
Alumni Dublinenses 1924
Ashe's Limerick and Clare Directory 1891-92
Betham Genealogical Abstracts
Burke’s Landed Gentry of Ireland, 1899
Deserted Children, Dublin
Dublin Registers & Records
George Bassett, County Down Guide and Directory (1886)
George Bassett, Kilkenny City and County Guide and Directory (1884)
George Bassett, Limerick City and County and Principal Towns in the Counties of Clare, Tipperary, and Kerry (1881)
George Bassett, Louth County Guide and Directory (1886)
George Bassett, The Book of Antrim (1888)
George Bassett, The Book of County Armagh (1888)
George Bassett, Wexford County Guide and Directory (1885)
Guy's Directory of Munster 1893
Guy's Limerick Directory, 1912
Harvey's Waterford Almanac and Directory for 1866
Henderson's Belfast Directory 1850
Henry & Coughlan's General Directory of Cork and Munster for 1867
Ireland 1820 Wilson’s Directory
Ireland 1931 Trade Directory
Ireland Surnames & Family Histories
Ireland, Directories 1636 - 1799 Browse
Ireland, Histories & Reference Guides
James Alexander Henderson, The Belfast and Province of Ulster Directory for 1856
John Watson Stewart, The Gentleman's and Citizen's Almamack for the Year 1814
Kilkenny Registers & Records
Leet's Directory (2nd ed., 1814)
Macloskie Directory of Fermanagh 1848
Matier's Belfast Directory for 1835-6
Pettigrew & Oulton, Dublin Almanac & General Register of Ireland (1845)
Pettigrew and Oulton, The Dublin Almanac and General Register of Ireland, 1835
Pigot & Co., City of Dublin and Hibernian Provincial Directory (1824)
Registers of Queen's Colleges Ireland 1849-1858
Shearman's Directory of Waterford, Kilkenny & the southeast 1839
Slater's National Commercial Directory of Ireland (1846)
Slater's Royal National Commercial Directory of Ireland (1870)
Slater's Royal National Commercial Directory of Ireland 1881
Slater's Royal National Directory of Ireland (1894)
Sligo Independent Newspaper Almanac Guide, 1889
Tempest's Jubilee Annual 1909
The King's County Directory, 1890
The Post Office Annual Directory and Calendar, 1843
The Post Office Dublin Directory and Calendar, 1858
The Sligo Chronicle Almanac and Directory for 1878
Thom’s Irish Almanac 1880
Thom's Directories
Thom's Irish Who's Who 1923
Treble Almanacs (1783,1812,1818,1824)
Wicklow Registers & Records
AskaboutIreland maps are 10-15 years later than the Valuation maps
Poor Law - 1838 - based on a property tax
Housebooks give occupiers.  Field Books do not.
Perambulation Books - the valuerers walking the townlands - they include maps.
Quarto Books for towns - tell exactly where on a street a house is located.
Cancelled Books - Valuations redone every two years.
LAP - Land Act Purchase - land wars - it was about getting fair rents for small tenant farmers
95% of rural land transfers are by inheritance.
An Atlas of the Great Irish Famine by John Crowley, Wm J Smyth and Mike Murphy shows mass evictions by landlords.
Famine Irish Passenger Record Data File 1846-1851 - 604,596 persons arriving in NY
Ellis Island 1892-1954
Castle Garden 1820-1913