With the largest collection of online Irish family history records in the world, Findmypast is the number one resource when it comes to tracing your Irish roots. There are currently 111 million records in our Irish collection and this number continues to grow all the time. It's also more than double the amount of records on other family history websites, giving you a much better chance of finding out more about those elusive Irish ancestors.
Where to start?
Like all family history research, Irish genealogy begins at home. Collect any existing records, photographs and keepsakes you have and speak to family members, especially the older ones, about their memories of your ancestors. From there, Findmypast has all the resources you need to start building out your Irish family tree.
Start a free online tree on Findmypast, including any information (names, dates, locations) you already know about your relatives and our hints will automatically search Irish censuses, births, marriages and deaths and suggest potential matches from the records.
The building blocks for any family tree are census records and BMDs and you'll find all you need on Findmypast. Start your search for your relatives in:
- Ireland Census 1911 - The most recent census that's available to search in full, if you can trace your family back to the 1911 census, it's a great starting point for getting back further
- Ireland Census 1901 - The earliest Irish census that survives in full
- Irish Births 1864-1958 – This index will give you the information you need to order copies of birth certificates from the General Register of Office of Ireland
- Irish Marriages 1845-1958 – Non-Catholic marriages are recorded from 1845 onwards with Catholic records beginning in 1864.
- Irish Deaths 1864 – 1958 - A death record will reveal your ancestor's age and date of death, cause of death and next of kin
Not only is Findmypast home to the largest collection of Irish records online, but you can also search collections you won't find elsewhere. Highlights include:
- Dublin Workhouses Admission & Discharge Registers 1840-1919 – With over 1.5 million records, most people with Dubliner roots will find a connection
- Ireland, Poverty Relief Loans 1821-1874 – A poignant view of Ireland during the Great Famine, unearth relatives who turned to the government for loans during hard times
- Landed Estates Court Rentals 1850-1885 – This land collection is an essential substitute for the 19th century Irish censuses that were destroyed in a fire in 1922
There are plenty more exclusive collections too. Go to our A-Z of records to see exactly what's available.
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"On March 1, 2016, FindMyPast released 10,000,000 new records in Ireland. I typed in my great grandfather, Michael Cranley, thinking that I would get the usual result – nothing. Not this time. There he was! His baptism in Rochfortbridge, Westmeath. I was over the moon, screaming and crying at the same time, so much so that my husband came tearing into the room, wondering what all the commotion was."
~ Barbara Gardner-Bray
"I have found some of the Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828-1912 relating to my ancestors in Kerry during the 19th century so interesting, from illegally taking a hare and fishing for salmon to inciting a riot." Read more here
~ Edward Stewart
"I was unable to find any record of my Irish ancestors immigrating to the US, as so many ships' records were apparently lost. Using Findmypast I was able to search Cork newspapers and found a list of passengers for a ship that included my relatives as passengers. It was so exciting."
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