• Update to the Civil Records

    We are pleased to advise that in early 2019, an additional 2 years of records of births, marriages and deaths will be added to the www.irishgenealogy.ie website.  The marriage Index data along with additional images will also be updated for the years 1864-1869 inclusive. The years covered by the release of the historic records of Births, Marriages and Deaths after this update will be;

    Births: 1864 to 1918

    Marriages: 1864* to 1943civil records 450x180px

    Deaths: 1878* to 1968

  • Minister Humphreys congratulates www.irishgenealogy.ie team on winning ‘Promoting Ireland Overseas Award’ at the Ireland eGovernment Awards

     Pictured: Minister Simon Harris TD, Tadhg O’Shea of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht AffairsThe Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has congratulated the team in her Department which oversees the genealogy website www.irishgenealogy.ie after it was awarded the "Promoting Ireland Overseas Award" at the Ireland eGovernment Awards.

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  • Minister Humphreys launches online genealogy toolkit for schools to help students discover their family history

    Minister Humphreys launches online genealogy toolkit for schools to help students discover their family history The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, is today (Wednesday) launching a new online genealogy toolkit for schools, aimed at encouraging students to trace their roots and explore their family tree.

    The ‘2016 Family History’ website has been created by the National Archives as a legacy project under the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. Minister Humphreys met with students in Muckross College in Donnybrook, who have been trialling the website, to launch this new online resource.

  • Welcome to Family Research 2016

    2016 Family History home2016 Family History is a new, free Irish genealogy education website, brought to you by the National Archives and IrishGenealogy.ie. The site is aimed primarily at secondary school students, but can be used by anyone with Irish ancestors to learn how to use the multiplicity of online sources now available for family history.

    The site is still being tested, and will be formally launched in January 2017. Enter here.

  • Historic Civil Records now available to view on www.irishgenealogy.ie:

    historic civil recordsToday, Heather Humphreys T.D. Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Leo Varadkar T.D. Minister for Social Protection officially launched the historic records of Births over 100 years ago, Marriages over 75 years ago and Deaths over 50 years ago of the General Register Office (GRO).

    Further details on what records are now available can be found here.

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Property Records


1. Griffith's Valuation (1847-1864) was a very comprehensive property tax survey published in different years for each county. Transcripts and record images are online free at www.askaboutireland.ie/. Transcripts and record images are also at the paying sites www.findmypast.ie and www.origins.net. Detailed maps accompanied the Valuation. Images of these, contemporary to the publication, appear on www.origins.net, but only for the 26 counties now in the Republic. Maps are available for all 32 counties on www.askaboutireland.ie/, but date from several decades after publication.
2. The Tithe Applotment Books (c. 1823-1838) record the names of those liable to pay tithes to local Church of Ireland clergymen. The tithes were payable by members of all denominations, not just members of the Church of Ireland, since the Church was an arm of the state. But it was only payable on some types of agricultural land, so the Books are much less comprehensive than Griffith's. The Tithe Books for the 26 counties of the Republic are free to search (transcripts with record images) at titheapplotmentbooks.nationalarchives.ie.
3. The Landed Estate Court took on the process of selling estates that were effectively bankrupt and operated between 1850 and 1885. Its records are online at the subscription site www.findmypast.ie.


1. The Valuation Office (www.valoff.ie) has revision books showing all changes in the status of every piece of property recorded in Griffith's, most coming down to the 1960s and 1970s, when the property tax was abolished for private householders.
2. The Land Registry was established in 1892 and records almost all property transactions after that date. Its records of legal title can be searched at www.prai.ie.
3. The Registry of Deeds (see also www.landregistry.ie) was established in 1707 to help give legal standing to the massive confiscations of land from the native Irish over the course of the preceding century. Its records can be very useful indeed for Anglo-Irish landed families between c.1740 and 1840. A volunteer transcription project is at freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~registryofdeeds/.
4. For almost two centuries between 1700 and 1900, the vast majority of Irish people lived as tenants on large estates. The records of these estates, which include many rent books and tenants' lists, are scattered, with the largest holdings in the National Library of Ireland and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Their online catalogues give some detail. The site www.landedestates.ie gives details of estates and their surviving records for the provinces of Munster and Connacht.

Welcome from the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

I am very pleased to welcome you to irishgenealogy.ie the website dedicated to helping you search for family history records for past generations. The website is now home to the historic records of Births, Marriages and Deaths of the General Register Office. These records join the Indexes to the historic records of Births, Marriages and Deaths that were already available on the website.