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Hopefully these sites will offer you a pathway to finding your Irish Ancestor.

P R O N I Public Records Office of Northern Ireland

GENUKI: Ireland for information related to all of Ireland

Irish Genealogy Exploring your Irish family history, step-by-step

Church records in Ireland.
The church records preserve details of the baptisms, marriages and burials which took place within a particular parish, church or congregation and were usually compiled by the relevant clergyman.

There is a great degree of variation in the level of detail contained within these records. Indeed over a period of one hundred years or more there can be considerable variation even within a single parish, church or congregation. In general, baptism records record the date of the baptism; the names of the child, the parents and the names of the childs sponsors or godparents. The family address and the name of the clergyman may also be recorded.

Marriage records generally record the date of the marriage, the names of the spouses and witnesses. Other information such as the names of the spouses parents, residences of the spouses, ages, occupations and the name of the clergyman may also be recorded.

Burial records usually contain very limited information, often no more than the date of burial, the name and address and possibly, the age of the deceased. Unlike their counterparts in the Roman Catholic Church, the majority of Church of Ireland clergy tended to record burial details.In relation to burial records the following is a quote taken from the Irish Ancestry section on the Irish Times on-line. The keeping of (RC) burial records was much less thorough than in the Church of Ireland, with fewer than half the parishes in the country having a register of burials before 1900; even where they do exist, these records are generally intermittent and patchy. For some reason, almost all Catholic burial registers are for the northern half of the island.

Occasionally the records may also contain further comment such as the names of additional witnesses or details of subsequent events pertaining to one of the parties

National Library of Ireland

Irish Medals The site covers medals awarded to people who fought in wars in Ireland and in conflicts around the world. The site also covers other interesting collectables relating to Irish people involved in various conflicts.

Roll of Honour For Irishmen who lost their lives while serving with the Royal Navy during World War 1. Listed are those who gave their place of birth as Ireland when enrolling into the navy. The Roll contains the names of those who died serving at home and throughout the world.

Cain Web Site from the University of Ulster. This lists all things related to the conflicts in Northern Ireland from 1968 including all those killed. Also a section of the CAIN Web site contains a selection of digital versions of public records that are held by Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). The records selected by CAIN are ones which relate to the conflict and politics in the region. The records mainly cover the period 1968 to 1980. The records have been made available on CAIN with the permission of the Deputy Keeper of the Records at PRONI. This section was launched on 6 October 2010 and updated on 7 April 2011

Rootweb offer an excellent guide to Irish Genealogy

For Irish Clans and Surnames
About.Com Genealogy hold lots of information.

For the Australian gateway site for tracing your family history by Cora Num go to Ireland

Irish Convicts to NSW 1788-1849 from Peter Mayberry

Free Ireland Ancestor Search!
Access multiple free Irish genealogy databases online.
Search Ireland

Emerald Ancestors

On the Genealogy links.net site try Passenger lists to Australia

The State Records of Western Australia for
Passenger Indexes
Passenger & Crew Lists
Convict Arrivals
Other Passenger Records
Immigration Schemes
Child Migration

Ireland to North America offers Emigration Lists from Irish Ports to North America
Passenger Lists from Ireland

Roman Catholic Parishes in Ireland

Records which have been destroyed/no longer exist

Unfortunately, some important records are no longer in existence mainly due to:
Fire in the Four Courts, Dublin, 1922.

The destruction of the Public Record Office of Ireland in the Four Courts, Dublin (as the result of a fire during civil disturbance in 1922) left a considerable gap in the archival heritage of Northern Ireland. Many important records were lost, including:
The census returns from 1821 to 1851
A small number of volumes survived, covering parts of Co. Fermanagh and Cavan in 1821; parts of Co. Londonderry and for Killeshandra Parish in County Cavan for 1831; and for parts of County Antrim for 1851. These are available in PRONI under the main reference number MIC/5A. Extracts from the 1841 and 1851 census returns can be found in the Old Age Pension books those for Northern Ireland are in PRONI under the main reference number T/550 see Your Family Tree Leaflet 5 - Census Records (19th Century) (27KB) for further details.

Pre-1858 original wills, administration bonds and marriage licence bonds
Although the original wills, administration bonds and marriage licence bonds were destroyed, indexes survived in manuscript and printed form. Those for the dioceses covering Northern Ireland are available in PRONI - it is therefore possible to extract some details about individuals from these indices. Copies of many destroyed wills can also be found in various privately deposited archives.

Church of Ireland parish records
The records of 1,006 Church of Ireland parishes, originally deposited in the Public Record Office of Ireland in Dublin, were largely destroyed in 1922. However, most of those relating to Northern Ireland (and several from the Republic of Ireland) that survived are available in PRONI either on microfilm or in original form. Those surviving for the majority of parishes in the Republic of Ireland can be accessed at the National Archives of Ireland in Dublin.

The destruction of census records by Government order
Census returns covering the whole island of Ireland for the years 1861-1891 were destroyed by order of the Government on grounds of confidentiality.

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