Sixty Best Ireland URL's
to Know on the Internet !


Genealogy Links

  • Ireland Passenger Lists Includes as many online Ireland Passenger Lists as possible! Constantly updated!

  • Irish Orphans Great new resource for finding families and missing relatives!

  • The Legend of the Bloody Hand of O'Neills Concentrates on the O'Neill clan and is very informative about historical events.

  • Royal Genealogy of the O'Neills

  • Irish Genealogy Links - John Grenham Maintained by one of Ireland leading resident genealogists and experts on Dublin genealogy, this site offers a program whcih searches a catalogue of genealogical resources within Ireland which are useful, additional links and online archives available for searching.

  • Irish Emmigrants A list of Irish ships and emmigrants arriving in the US, Canada and England this is an excellent source for genealogists, although limited, and should not be ignored as it is constantly growing by volunteer contributions.

  • Irish Family History FoundationA full service genealogical foundation, this page not only offers resources and addresses for information, but paid research services as well making it easier to cover the entire realm of documents available. It also contains links to each local historical and research center for every county.

  • Ireland - Welcome to Local Ireland Lots of great local links!

  • Essential Genealogy Links Page - Sponsored by the House of Waterford A growing and rarely indexed page by the internet web robots, this is an excellent source of Irish genealogy links which you may miss if you don't start here first! Maintained by the House of Waterford in Waterford, Ireland it is more extensive than many others and includes links to homepages about Irish surnames and pedigrees.

  • Irish Irish Genealogical Society International Linking Minnesota, the home for many immigrants, and Ireland, this page lists extensive links for Irish Genealogical Research .

  • Irish Surname List Although not very extensive, this list has good information on particular Irish Surnames, one of the few on the internet.

  • Irish Surnames and Descendants Page A great collection of Home pages relating to different surnames and databases. Sponsored by FIANNA.

  • Ulster Historical Foundation Started in 1957 and constantly updated, to aid in historical and genealogical research in Ulster, Northern Ireland, this site, although still under construction, promises to be the ultimate resource for Northern Ireland sources and offers an online search as well as yearly conferences.

  • Irish Surname lists Surname lists maintained by the county hosts are available for public posting and often lead you to others who are researching the same lines and can share information with you. Invaluable to the inexperienced researcher, they give you links, networking ability and leads to information concerning your own family.

  • IrelandGenWeb Page Recently begun, the IrelandGenWeb Page is fast beginning THE source of Irish researchers, maintaining query pages, surname lists, and resource lists for every county within Ireland. Bringing people together all over the world, the Ireland Gen Web Project is slowly adding to its archives records that have been carried to other countries and are no longer available in Ireland,

  • GENUKI Pages The official, and most complete source for British Genealogical resource, the GENUKI pages organize the genealogical information by county within the different countries. They also list surname lists, list servers and local repositories for every county making it easier to concentrate on one area at a time.

  • 3rd Irish Genealogical Congress An international event for genealogists interested in Irish research, the 3rd Irish Genealogical Congress will keep you up to date on the most recent developments in Irish genealogy.

  • IRLGEN Family History Project Developed at Trinity College in Dublin, this energetic project began to organize and archives materials relatives to family history and genealogical research in Ireland, becoming the IRLGEN Project. A great source of resources, research methods and links, this is the place to start when doing Irish genealogical research. including family histories.

  • Genealogical Guide to Ireland Part of the IRLGEN Project, this is an index to the list of resources, complete with a 'get started guide' for doing genealogy for the beginner as well as useful links in locating additional material.

  • Index to Irish Genealogy Guide Part of the IRLGEN Project, this is an alphabetical index to the genealogical guide helping beginning researching to locate records faster and more efficiently.

  • Library of Congress Sources Dealing with Ireland - seldom found, this source gives the references to books in the Library of Congress available for searching and interlibrary loan dealing with Ireland, genealogy and immigration from Ireland.

  • Sources by Era Separated by era, this index maintained by IRLGEN, directs you to specific records for each time period, rather than waste time looking through inappropriate records. Naming various substitutes for lost census and parish registers, this source is invaluable at locating replacement records.

  • A-Z of British Genealogical Research An alphabetical dictionary and explanation of genealogical terms, this guide helps you to understand the usefulness and certain records as well as to help decide which ones to search. It covers everything from abbreviations to heraldry and handwriting to a wish list of what we would like to have available for British Research. Absolutely invaluable!

  • Directory of Royal Genealogy This directory not only list the royal families of England and Great Britain, but the Kings of Ireland and all the other royal families of Europe, including Jerusalem and the Islamic Dynasties, invaluable to those with royal connections.

  • Old and New Style Dates In England the Gregorian Calendar was not adopted until 1752 while it had been in use in other countries for many years. Because of this many dates are ambiguous and hard to interpret for exact birth, marriage and death dates. This treatise on old and new style dates and the different calendars helps you to understand not only how it developed but how it affects genealogical research.

  • Genealogy Before the Parish Registers A good document on the availability of records before parish registers and the strategy involved in doing genealogical research. This often gives you ideas of where to search after having exhausted the most widely used documents such as parish registers and civil registration.

  • Military Records For those with ancestors who served in the British Military this is an excellent resource for locating histories of different colonial regiments and military elements. It also has good links to other resources for locating military records throughout the British Empire.

  • Irish Genealogy Page A site maintained by a University of Texas student, this site is a good source of general links for starting Irish research. Updated frequently, it is a good place to find new sources of information.

  • Irish Names Limited, but a good source for Irish names

  • LDS Family History Center Microfilm Numbers for Ireland Records

History

  • Fighting Irish Corcoran 155th NY Volunteer Infantry US Link for Irish Civil War Units.
  • Irish History Page

  • Irish History Round Table -A resource of useful links to different eras of history, this is a good place to start for a general understanding of the history of Ireland how it affected the people and the political structure.

  • History Ireland A great source of historical information about every county of the realm. Helps to understand the immigration and migration patterns of the Irish as well as the feuding between clans and societies.

  • Rebellion Home Page A great influence of the emigration of the Irish to Colonial America, the 1798 Rebellion home page tells of the battles and the effect on local regions and the people who were involved and often left due to political differences as well as links to other useful areas for further information.

  • The Potato Famine In History The absolutely greatest impact on Irish emigration, the potato famine devastated the food crop of Ireland causing almost 1/3 of the population to die of starvation and disease. Another 1/3 of the people emigrated to other English speaking countries such as Australia, England, Canada and the United States. Many were aided by landlords, and government agencies to flee the dying country. This site gives excellent references for the potato famine and how it affected each county.

  • The Irish Famine - 1845-50 Another excellent site for the Potato Famine this site gives added insite and information concerning the cause and effects of the famine on the people of Ireland as well as the countries who received their emmigrants.

  • Liberation of Ireland Additional information on the separation Ireland from England, giving insight to the ongoing political battle between the Irish and the English and it's affect on Northern Ireland and the religion of the Irish people.

Archives and Repositories

  • Irish Bookstore

  • National Library of Ireland

  • Gluckman's Ireland House

  • Irish Genealogical Society - Branch of the Minnesota Genealogical Society Great Links to Irish Sources!

  • Ulster Genealogical Database

  • Trinity College - Dublin The oldest University in the world, Trinity College has the largest collection rare books and antiquities relating to the history, genealogy, and origin of the people of Ireland than any other university. Some of these books date back to the 1300's, and they also the Book of Kells, dated to 800 AD. It was at Trinity College that the IRLGEN Family History Project was started and continues to grow. Trinity College is also the legal repository of government documents for Ireland and is available for public research.

  • List of local Heritage Centers A list of the local county heritage centers, this list gives addresses, fees, and contact information for professional researchers in Ireland who can carry out genealogical searches in the local archives.

  • Irish National Archives The National Archives located in Dublin, this is the repository for all know genealogical and historical documents of Ireland including census, probates, parish registers, tithe applotment records, immigration and emigration records and miscellaneous records. All there records are indexed and available for searching. Some, such as the Transportation of Convicts to Australia, is available for online searching.

  • Public Record Office Northern IrelandThe repository for all genealogical and historical documents relating to Northern Ireland upon it's separation from the Republic of Ireland and relating to Northern Ireland as far back as the 1600's, some as far back as 1300. Relating to government, courts of law, and records deposited by individuals and institutions it is searchable by a web search agent.

  • Marsh's Library The first public library in Ireland, the library has an extensive library of Ireland History and genealogical resources of nearly 25,000 books relating to the 1600's and 1700's and is open to the public for research. Containing the private library of the Bishop of Worcester (1635-1699) there may be hidden treasures among it's shelves that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

  • Russell Library An excellent source of local and national history and cultural materials, Russell Library has a massive collection of rare and older books, manuscripts and archives. The oldest books date back to 1460 and contains examples of early writing and early printing methods as well as invaluable information about the people and the country.

  • UCC Library - Cork The UCC Library houses an extensive collection of rare and privately printed books before 1800 relative to Cork and also historical documents pertaining to historical studies of the 19th century.

  • University College - Galway University College contains the rare collection of books from Queens College, Galway dating back to the 1800, useful for historical information on Galway County and residents within the county. They also have the Galway's Civic Records or The Corporation Manuscripts, 1485 - 1818; 1836 - 1922. The Eyre Deeds, a collection of legal records relating to Galway 1720 - 1857. the Hyde Mss Collection, containing volumes of prose, poetry and various tracts penned by scribes from the 18th century and including miscellaneous manuscripts of Douglas Hyde.

  • Useful Addresses A list of useful addresses for locating county and regional libraries and repositories, you can now write directly to the source for information or location of books or documents you are trying to locate regarding specific topics.
Maps

  • Interactive Maps of Ireland A good source for general maps of Ireland, you can click your way from county to county for boundaries and major thoroughfares. Not very useful for research in the 17th to 19th century, but for locating current sources.

Newsgroups and List Servers -

  • IrelandGenWeb-L@rootsweb.com Official Ireland Genealogy List associated with the Ireland Gen Web. All County hosts are subscribed so please ask them your questions!
  • I.I.G.S. I.R.Q. Internet Relay Chat

  • news.soc.genealogy.uk+ireland A great list server for finding out information about availability of records and for sharing information with others.

  • SURNAMES-IRELAND Ireland Surname list to share information about surnames you are researching in Ireland and general information about links and emigration.

  • IRELAND-L@rootsweb.com Surname list for Ireland sharing information with others around the world about surnames you are researching.

  • FIANNA-L@rootsweb.com Similar to IRELAND-L this server also answers questions about general research and does lookups for others.

  • SCOTCH-IRISH-L@rootsweb.com A listserver serving people of Northern Ireland and Scotch-Irish ancestry. Great for lookups and sharing information!

  • news.clari.world.europe.ireland Another good list server for finding out sources of information and sharing information with others.

  • Ireland Internet Relay Chat - Sponsored by rootsweb.com this internet relay chat forum tells you how to join real time chat rooms to discuss Ireland Research.

  • TheShipsList-L-reqeust@rootsweb.com An excellent list server for finding out information about specific ships, passengers, and ports of entry. The members are very knowledgeable and thorough and willing to share information. Very heavy mail so be careful when you subscribe! Put only the word 'subscribe' in the message text to subscribe to this group.

On Line Classes for Irish Genealogy

Home Pages Dealing with Irish Ancestry

Miscellaneous:

  • Facts About Ireland - Culture Divided into categories, you can search for information about the local culture in areas such as literature, drama, art, music, cinema, folklore, architecture, etc. in order to better understand the Irish people and culture.

  • Proto-Heraldry in Early Christian Ireland A great explanation of the battle arms of Irish Chieftains, this is a rare find! Well documented, this will lead you to other sources as they appear on the internet concerning Irish Clans, Chieftains and Heraldry which are few and far between.

  • Scottish and Irish Clan DesignationsA dealer of books and genealogical information, this is one of the best sources for finding Irish Clan and Name explanations currently on the internet if you're willing to pay for the information.

  • Heraldry in IrelandA good explanation of the proto-heraldry which was common in Ireland, this helps to better explain the absence of true heraldry in Ireland for those interested in a coat of arms of chieftain arms.

  • Fred Hanna's Bookstore - Dublin A treasure chest of books concerning Ireland, Irish history and genealogy. Often there are old books hidden in the recesses concerning lost records of parishes and census returns thought to be destroyed. If there was ever a book written about Ireland, this is the place to find it!

  • Kenny's Books On-lineAnother great source for finding those lost treasures, rare books and antiquities and information about the people and the area you are researching. Available on line, you can order directly over the internet.

  • British and Irish AuthorsHow better to understand the people of Ireland than through their writings and poetry. Often hidden insights into local happenings are found in the poetic writings of the local bards, or perhaps your relation was an author himself?

  • Dublin, Ireland Unofficial Home Page The unofficial home page of Dublin, it often gives insight into local happenings, cultural events and displays featuring the history of Ireland as well as new spots and new links to follow in your search.

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