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Search your family tree for free – 10 million Irish Catholic Parish Registers

People with Irish roots have a great opportunity to start searching their family history for free thanks to ancestry.ie who have made more than ten million records available online.

The family tree website has published Catholic Parish Registers dating from 1655 all the way up to 1915.

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The records cover marriages, baptisms and deaths meaning people today have a great chance of finding their ancestors and tracing their family tree.

Indexed from digital images created by the National Library of Ireland, the Catholic Parish Registers 1655-1915 holds 373,000 images and files from more than 1,000 parishes across the island and in excess of 3,500 registers.

Rhona Murray is one of the family historians at ancestry.ie. She said: “It makes searching so much easier. Previously you would need to browse them image by image which can be akin to finding a needle in a haystack. Now it is possible to search for a name and have the results presented within seconds.”

Ancestry have more than 55 million Irish records in total, and 17 billion from the rest of the world. They have offices in six different countries, including Ireland where there are 70 people employed.

Their Irish records include details about famous figures such as poet James Joyce and political leader Arthur Griffiths.

Ms Murray added: “It is the single most important collection for tracing Roman Catholic ancestors in Ireland from the 17th to the early 20th centuries.”

If you would like to begin to search your family history with ancestry for free then visit the ancestry website.

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  1. I am researching my paternal side of the Mellon Family… My great grandfather, Timothy Mellon married Rose Mcvey (McVeigh). Timothy was born in 1815 in Tyrone Co… They immigrated about 1852 with 2-3 children, Ellen, James and Thomas (he may have been born in US). Rose was born abt 1827 in Clonfeacle, Tyrone CO….parents are Mick McVey and Anna Magronan…Any information is appreciated…

    Thank you..

  2. Phylis Schuchman

    Looking for McDermotts-relative of Edward McDermott, sons– Jerry, Thomas and Patrick.

  3. Kilbane from Achill Sound, Co. Mayo, also Masterson, McNulty, McGinty all of Achill Island

  4. Geraldine McReynolds

    Looking for any information on the family of Patrick Mcreynolds born ovil Dungiven. 1875 died 1871

  5. looking for Bridget Sullivan born about 1845 in county leitrim. thank you

  6. I have some Kilteely relatives, on my late father’s side. My great grandfather James Breen Murnane, born there in 1865. Also, Ryan’s, and Raffertys are our cousins. The Murnanes lived in New York.

  7. Looking for Kane possibly from Kerry Mary Keane came to U.S. Holyoke, MA.

  8. Ellen Frawley born 1845 daughter of James maybe Killkenny.

  9. Looking for Nelen. Spelled several different ways due to immigrating and poor spelling, I’ve seen it spelled, Neylon Nelan, O’neilan (O was dropped when they entered the states) and Kneeland. Pronounced “Neelan”,but, spelled Nelen since the late 1800’s.. Possibly from County Clare…with common names, of John, George, Michael, Patrick, Mary, Catherine, etc. in the mix. They settled in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and some slowly migrated to other New England areas.

  10. I’m trying to get some imformation about my late mother Gladys Patterson and her ancestors . I really enjoy the Ireland -Calling page.

  11. I’m trying to learn about my grandfathers side of the family. He was born and raised in Tipperary Ireland his name was James Francis O’Hickey when he came to the states they dropped the O from the last name. I would like to know if I have living relatives in Ireland. If so, please contact me through my attached email. I would love to eventually talk to you via phone and hope to personally meet one day. Thanks.

  12. Looking for anyone with the last name Holland. My great, great, great grandfather was Daniel Holland born in 1833. I think in Cork. He came to America in the 1860s. He married Bridget. Trying to find out more about his parents and siblings.

  13. stounner mckenna

    It would please me to the heavens if anyone knows of anything to do with the McKenna name.my grandad Gavin Chittick married Margaret McKenna .moved from Ireland to Scotland.

  14. looking for henson in offaly

  15. Looking for parents of John Murphy and Margaret Brennan who migrated from County Cork, Ireland in 1840.

  16. looking for my great-grandfather James Weldon born 1865 in co louth married a mary ann duff in co meath 1890 5 kids later disappeared about 1897-8

  17. Looking for my father’s family-grandfather McCarty grandmother Culter. Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.

  18. Looking for family of Harrison Blankenship.

  19. I am looking for information on
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  20. Frances van der Wal

    Looking for informaion on the Sloane family form Southhampton – John Sloane – my great-great grandfather.

  21. I would like to find out any information about my Grandmother’s family on my Dad’s side. Mary Ann Ryan was my grandmother and she had at least one sibling , a brother called Edmund or Edward Ryan who survived the Totanic. Is ther any information on this family from Co Limerick or Co Tipperary? My grandmother married a John Bermingham of Kilteely Co Limerick. Did she have any other siblings?

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  23. Any reilly or Cassidy

  24. James Joseph Mannion

    Looking for my grandparents ancestors –
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    James Graham/Elizabeth Cleary Graham.
    Thank you.

  25. Patricia A. DeLorenzo

    I learned recently that our family surname DeLorenzo,or DeLorenzi, means of or from Lawrence, which is an Irish name. I’m trying to find out if our ancestors were originally Irish who married Italians way back in the earlier days. I have a suspicion they were.

  26. Janice Marlene Downes/Jones

    I’m looking for anyone who may be a relative of mine in Ireland. Father is Downs with the e dropped. Grandfather as well. Grandmother is a Mangrum. And the name Cape also pops up.

  27. Looking for other relatives in Ireland.

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