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Trace your Irish family all the way back to 1595!

Niall Cullen, Findmypast

Two exciting Irish family history resources were made available on Findmypast in 2015. These fascinating new collections are a fantastic addition to the largest collection of Irish family history records anywhere online and include indexes of your ancestors’ wills and marriages, right back into the 16th century.

Trace your Irish family all the way back to 1595!

They include;

Diocesan and Prerogative Wills & Administrations Indexes, 1595-1858
Diocesan and Prerogative Marriage Licence Bonds Indexes, 1623-1866

These rare sources were lucky enough to be amongst the relatively few records that didn’t perish in the fire at the Public Records Office of Ireland during the Irish Civil War in 1922.

The wills and administrations indexes are what was left behind from original documents that were proved in front of Church of Ireland ecclesiastical courts.

They contain some fantastic genealogical details about your early Irish ancestors including names, occupations, what they left in their wills and who they left their estate to.

An alternative to marriage banns where the couple paid a fee to wed, the marriage licence bonds records list protestant marriages in Ireland 1623-1866. They even feature the 1664 marriage of Jonathan Swift and Abigail Erick, the parents of Jonathan Swift Jnr, who would go on to become famous as the author of Gulliver’s Travels.

Many Irish family historians find building their Irish family tree beyond the 1800s a real challenge. These unique early records could prove to be the breakthrough you were waiting for.

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  2. Marion snow (Baldy)

    I would like to follow up on my father Nicholas Baldy born in the 1900’s. He apparently had a brother and a sister as told to the family being Larry and Jean. His immigration certificate read Dublin Ireland. But who knows how that came about. Can you help! I am from Canada. Thanks.

  3. Looking to connect to others researching Hewitt, Naye, Sharp(e), Gibson and related families from County Cavan, Ireland.

  4. Stephen Hennessy

    Hennessy was miss spelled often seeing many immigrants could not read or write and with accents, people in America documenting and record keeping spelled it as it was heard.
    Do you have more info? Parents, siblings? Place of birth/year?
    If found it spelled many different ways. O’Hennessy, O’Hennessey Hennessee, Haysee, even Hayseed.
    S Hennessy

  5. Suzanne Kramer Huggins

    Looking forward to results, Suzanne

  6. Looking for my 5th great grandfather Peter McCune born in 1748.

  7. My grandfather family name O’Hickey father Lawrence would love to know more of his side of the family

  8. i am wanting replies of any family ancestors of the maher /marr family from tipperary ireland my grandads dad was john marr born in leeds about 1864 his mother and farther i belive from tipperary ireland i think his parents was called ellen his mother and daniel his farther ellen was born about 1843 and daniel about1842the parents came over to england around 1860s/1870 the potato famine i belive they called this the got work in leeds asmill workers ihope to get some replies

  9. Looking for any family with the name McLean from Sligo. My children’s great grandfather James McLean married Christina from Scotland. Would love to trace the family as only 6 McLeans left.

  10. My father was alfred finnan my mother maiden Toomey. Would love to know more i have cousin in Ireland

  11. I am looking for my 5th great grandfather Peter Mccune born in 1748. I think maybe in Antrim, Armagh or Down. I would love to know where exactly he was born and who is parents were.

  12. Looking for Costigan family of County Offaly. Came to America around 1850 but searching for specific Irish parish

  13. trying to find relatives brennan who married towey in roscommon ireland

  14. dennis james kelly

    looking for info. on Kelly family of county Laois James Kelly born in Ireland to US around 1840

  15. Patrick Hennessee family came to US in 1700s. Any information?

  16. Looking for O’Rourke family members ….great great grandfather from Portlaois , Martin O’Rourke married Brigid Haney or Harney…..

  17. I would like any information on the Lyons, Meighan families.

  18. My maternal g-grandparents were the Patrick & Anne [Callaghan] McShane family from Loughross/Crossmaglen in County Armagh. I have only traced them back to my g-g-grandparents, James & Margaret [Bowden] McShane. If you see any connection, please let me know.
    Regards, Mike

  19. I am tracing my maternal Irish roots. My Great-Great Grandmother was Catherine Dugan (Duggan) from Kilkenny and my Great-Great Grandfather was Edward Moran from Limerick.

  20. Looking for the Donovan family, might be O’Donovan.

  21. Billie Martin (William)

    Hi my family lineage is from Ireland we are the Martin’s on my Grandfather’s side and Hodder on my Grandmother’s side…..

  22. I am researching my Family History; and trying to find the Parents of Thomas Caffrey and Catherine Kelly, married Bohermeen Co Meath, 1855; and Parents of Michael Leonard and Bridget Fagan, Dunderry, Co Meath, married 1854. Also on other side of family: Parents of Martin Fitzsimons and Anne Duffy, married Moynalvey, Meath, 18??, and Thomas Barnard and Sarah Sherwood, married Collinstown, Church of Ireland, 1886 Any help would be much appreciated, as this is as far back in the Generations as I am able to go. Thank you.


  24. Searching. For Grandfather. Peter Muldoon, who married Mary Hughes in Liverpool. England. About 1893.?

  25. Grandmother Elizabeth Geraldine Shanks, born 10 Aug 1888 in Dublin, Parents Hugh Shanks and Harriette Ann Mahony. Looking of any info.

  26. My great grandparents George O’Brien from Tipperary and Bridget Hickey from Cork left Ireland in 1834/35 and were married in Baltimore Michigan. I have no information on either of the families before that time, but I would love to know. Both were Catholic. Many thanks for making my query possible.

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  28. Looking for more abous Samuel Mercer and wife Hannah Culbert

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    looking for contacts on Adam McIlravey he was my father ggrandfather

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  34. Looking for my maternal great great grandparents Patrick Coughlin who married Mary Murphy presumably County Clare

  35. Lavinia Milligan Sala

    Is any of it County Down? My family appear to have been attending Killinchy Presbyterian Church, as well, but I have not yet learned about the different churches other than Catholic or Protestant. Thank you for telling us about these records.

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  38. My Great Grandfather was from Ireland, would love to know more about him.

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