We are pleased to announce the release of thousands of fascinating new Irish records this Findmypast Friday and Irish Family History Day. This week’s new Irish additions include Poverty Relief Loans, Clare Electoral Registers, the Ireland 1911 census and over a million new Irish newspaper articles.


Poverty Relief Loans

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. The records of the local associations and county committees are in The National Archives at Kew, known by their reference T91. The majority of the records cover the years 1824 to 1846 across ten counties in Munster and Connacht.

Containing over 700,000 records, Ireland, Poverty Relief Loans 1821-1874 span the period of the Irish Potato Famine and provides unique insight into the lives of those living in Ireland during one of the darkest periods in its history. The handwritten ledgers and account books reveal the changing fortunes of Irish ancestors and their subsequent movements in Ireland and across the world.

Clare Electoral Registers

Clare Electoral Registers 1858-1989 comprises over 311, 000 records listing the details of individuals who owned or leased property worth at least £10. Male owners or leaseholders of property worth at least £12 a year were entitled to vote in parliamentary elections, while female property holders of the same value could vote in local elections. Some of Ireland’s first female voters can be found in this collection.

Ireland 1911 Census Search

Owing to the destruction of most of the 19th Century census records in Ireland, the 1911 Census is the second earliest complete census to survive. The Ireland Census 1911 is an excellent starting point for anyone researching their Irish ancestors. Findmypast’s powerful new search will, for the first time, allow family historians to search for more than one family member at the same time, helping to narrow down results, and by birth year and by spelling variations of a name.

Ireland Marriages 1619-1898

Ireland Marriages 1619-1898 contain over 852,000 spanning 279 years of Irish history. Formed from a mixture of civil and church records from all over the country, these records comprise transcripts of the original registers and allow you to search using an array of different combinations.

 Irish Newspaper

10 new titles and over 1.1 million new articles have been added to our collection of Irish Newspapers. The full collection now stands at 60 titles, contains over 5.3 million articles, and covers 152 years Irish history between 1748 and 1900.


Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Fridays page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.