Some Tips to Research Your Family Tree

1) Family Histories

Gather all of your known information. You will be amazed at how many names, birth-dates, marriage dates and other details about your ancestors you can collect just by talking to family members. Record these stories and tales because this first-hand information may become vital later on.

2) Work Backwards

Use the most recent records that family members may have including journals, wills, deeds, baptism records and marriage, birth and death certificates. If you spread the word that you’re beginning a family tree other family members may want to get involved.

3) Census

Check out the Irish 1901 & 1911 census

Census of Ireland, 1901 and 1911, and pre-1901 survivals

Census Search Forms, 1841 – 51

Tithe Applotment Books, 1823 – 37

Soldiers’ Wills, 1914 – 1918

Calendars of Wills and Administrations, 1858 – 1922

Wills 1922-1982

Claims for compensation for loss of or damage to property that occurred as a result of military action between July 1921 and March 1923

Tip: Remember you can search by SURNAME, or browse by LOCATION as frequently names may be MISSPELLED…

 4) Before The Census


  • You can search by surname or place name
  • Link 1: The first link shows landlord & lessee
  • Link 2: Take not of house/ plot number
  • Link 3: Locate property on the map

5) To Search Prior To Griffiths

TITHE APPLOTMENTS (Search by surname or browse)

6) Other Available Records


  • Ireland Birth and Baptisms 1620-1881
  • Ireland Marriages 1619-1898
  • Irish Civil Registration 1845-1958 (1864 for RC)
  • Ireland Deaths 1864-1870
  • Irish Landed Estate Court Files 1850-1885
  • Irish Prison Registers 1790-1924

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