Top Irish Genealogy Sites: Free and Paid For
Updated: Apr 25, 2019
Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives - A hit or miss site that is easy to use and has been invaluable to me on many an occasion. Plus, it is always being updated so is a good site to keep bookmarked on your browser, so you can check back regularly.
National Archives Ireland - Searchable census, wills, land registries and shipping/crew lists. The best way to search the 1901/11 census in my opinion. Search all the databases and see if anything of value surfaces.
IrishGenealogy - Access to images of full birth marriage and death civil records ranging from 1860s- 1950s (depending on what you are searching for). Due to be updated at the time of writing this. Read my full review here.
Family Search - Global family history site. Great for Immigration records, church and civil records.
Find A Grave - Gravestone pictures, transcriptions and online memorials. Searchable by location and graveyard.
Griffith's Valuation - Record of tenants and landlords between 1847-64.
Townlands search - An index to Irish townlands and the districts they belong to. Can be helpful when distinguishing between two families or for choosing which church records to trawl through. The same residence can be listed differently on two records, therefore the townlands index paired with google maps can help you decide if that family in the census is the same you have been researching.
Duchas.ie - Collection of children's school work (1937-39), local stories (1935-71) and photographs. You may find a relative's work in these databases but also provides insight into local culture and traditions. There may be stories about people who lived before the years stated above.
Ireland-Australia transports - Records of those convicted and sentenced to transportation to Australia.
South Australian BMD's - Search Birth, marriage and death indexes from 1842, transcriptions of both mother's and father's first names on birth records are displayed for free.
Australian genealogy links - Links to various sites that focus on records from different states and territories. This includes: Canberra, New South Wales, Northern territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.
Immigrant servants database - Records of those who were transported to the Caribbean and America between 1607-1820. This database is not complete, but is gradually being updated as more records are found.
Irish settlers in Argentina - Lists settlers to Argentina, often gives county of birth and other information such as marital status and age. Find a smaller database of passenger lists under 'The journey' tab.
Church of Ireland records - Very few Church of Ireland are available online. Around half were destroyed by fire in 1922, however the process of digitalisation has begun. Funding has been granted and in the future all remaining church of Ireland records will be available on irishgenealogy.ie.
Boston Pilot: Irish Immigrant Advertisements (Search for Missing Friends), 1831-1920 - Advertisements placed in an American nationally distributed newspaper. Friends and relatives searching for news of those who emigrated between the years set above. If your ancestor happens to be featured in one of these advertisements, it could provide you with your home county in Ireland and further relations to research.
Paid sites (Subscription required for most functions)
Ulster Historical Foundation - Collection of various databases relevant to Ulster protestants in particular. Some very early birth and marriage records.
My heritage - Global family history site.
Roots Ireland - Church records from selected parishes in all counties. I wouldn't recommend buying a subscription for more than a day because the records are not extensive and not always detailed. So this is well and truly a hit or miss site and in terms of price it is a bit of a con, especially for catholic records. However for Church of Ireland, Presbyterian or other protestant records it may be worth a search.