Welcome from the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Minister Humphreys I am very pleased to welcome you to irishgenealogy.ie the website dedicated to helping you search for family history records for past generations. Last year saw the introduction of a new search facility to explore a number of on-line sources of genealogical information e.g. the 1901 and 1911 Census returns, in addition to the Church records which were already available on the site. Now the site also contains the historic Indexes to the Civil Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths. All of these records can be searched through the main search. The site will provide an information point for people starting to research their ancestors. I hope this helps all of you in your journey through your own family history.

My Department and I are conscious of the importance of genealogy as an important way of connecting with those abroad who wish to trace their roots and, also permitting those here in Ireland to establish their family history.

At present, the genealogy landscape can seem confusing so, my Department has concentrated on the development of some additional search functionality for www.irishgenealogy.ie by way of providing a portal or search facility for digital genealogy records.

This enhanced search facility will help by highlighting the potential sources of information that are available on-line.

Visitors will be able to search records from a number of on-line sources including the historic Indexes to the Civil Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths, the Church Records already available on www.irishgenealogy.ie, and others such as the 1901 and 1911 Census and Soldiers wills, to name but a few.

Further information on how to research family history in Ireland is contained in the section Research in Ireland.