08 March 2013

ONLINE IRISH GENEALOGY DATABASES

     At a recent meeting of my Irish genealogy group, we shared favorite online Irish genealogy sites. These sites should be checked often, as information is added to the databases from time to time. Researching Irish ancestors from the armchair at home has never been easier, and the availability of online records is growing. Below are the top favorites from our group's discussion:

  • The Gathering Ireland: check before traveling to Ireland for genealogy, family, and local history events in Ireland in 2013. www.thegatheringireland.com
  • Ireland Reaching Out: Genealogy initiative in Ireland where local parishes focus on tracing descendants of those emigrants who left the parish. Free databases to be online. http://www.irelandxo.com
  • Ireland Genealogy Projects: volunteer-run FREE database. By county, and also check out the general archive section also. http://www.igp-web.com
  • Irish Archives 1901, 1911 census: FREE Irish census database includes original images! http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie
  • Church records: free, but only for limited counties: http://www.irishgenealogy.ie
  • Public Record Office Northern Ireland (PRONI): (some online databases for Northern Ireland) http://www.proni.gov.uk
  • Ballymoney: source for County Antrim graveyards http://ballymoneygraveyard.com
  • Connors Genealogy: besides all things Connors, this site has FREE online records for several Irish and New York counties. http://www.connorsgenealogy.com
  • Irish Family History Foundation: Largest database of Irish records, including Catholic and Church of Ireland records for almost all counties. Has a very complicated pricing system, so watch your wallets. Is a VERY valuable database, if you can afford it. http://rootsireland.ie
  • Find My Past: Britain's competitor to Ancestry.com. Various pricing programs. If you are also researching England and Scotland, this is a must-go-to site. http://www.findmypast.ie
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