It is well known that research into Irish family history is not always easy. Some valuable records have been lost, others start too late for your purposes and those you can find are difficult to read. Don't worry! Here we hope to share some advice and show you that family history research is enjoyable and worthwhile, and most importantly not at all as difficult as you might think. 

Latin Lesson

Most parish registers consist of baptismal and marriage records. These were recorded in either Latin or English. In this page you will find a  short list of some common Latin terms and their English equivalent.

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Marriage Record, Cork, Ireland

1901/1911 Census and other central archives

Every nation has it's core genealogical archives and Ireland is no exception.  Click on the links below to find out more about accessing and using these invaluable resources

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Ireland's Global Diaspora

The Irish nation cherishes its special affinity with people of Irish ancestry living abroad who share its cultural identity and heritage.

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Irish Emigrants arriving in Ellis Island New York

Genealogy Advice

The tips below are designed to offer you some basic advice in the search for your Irish ancestors. If you are coming to Ireland as part of your vacation and you intend doing some research, the following tips will be useful.

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Religious Organisations

Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland Parishes are administered by Dioceses.  Every Diocese now has its own website and you can click on the links below to find out more about the Church-led initiatives in your Parish.


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Family History Useful Resources

Access to records, archives and heritage information have dramatically increased in recent years with many state bodies digitising documents and images, promoting their awareness, and sharing them online with the public. Here are a selection of the best genealogical sources and repositories when carrying out your Irish family history research.

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Parish Survey

Document the emigrants who left your community and trace their living descendents all over the world today.

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Irish Parish Records

Before you start your research in Irish church records, you must know the name of the place (town or village) where your ancestor lived and their religion. Parish registers were collected and remain at a local level, so knowing these vital pieces of information is crucial.

Access to many of the digitised originals of these records can be found at

For the period prior to 1864 church registers are the only records available of most births, deaths and marriages (and sometimes burials). The parish priest normally holds the original bound volumes of the parish registers. It is important to bear in mind that the creation of new Catholic parishes in the 19th century can sometimes mean that registers relevant to a particular area may be divided between two parishes. Helpfully the NLI website includes details of the variant names of the parish too and this lessons confusion. 

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