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Irish genealogy-Catholic parish registers available online

People researching their Irish ancestry have received a welcome boost today as the Catholic parish registers are now available online. The registers are considered the single most important resource for researching Irish ancestry.

They had already been freely available on microfilm but researchers had to go the National Library of Ireland (NLI) in Dublin to access them.

Now, after the Library took on the mammoth task of transferring all the data on to their website, the registers are available to everyone online.

Irish genealogy-Catholic parish registers available online

With millions of people across the world claiming Irish heritage, it is unsurprising that the records have created a great deal of interest.

The internet has already made Irish genealogy more readily available to non-professionals but sketchy records are still hard to manoeuvre and information can still be difficult to uncover.

Some genealogy sites offer some parish records but the Library’s are the most comprehensive and include registers dating back before 1880.

The move has been welcomed by Irish genealogy experts. Last year John Grenham wrote in the Irish Times: “It is almost impossible to overstate the importance of what is about to happen. When the Irish public service gets things right, it can get them spectacularly, gloriously right.”

Journalist and family historian Claire Santry tweeted: “You won’t hear better Irish genealogy news today, tomorrow, this week, this year.”

Ciara Kerrigan from the NLI said: “This is the most significant ever genealogy project in the history of the NLI. The microfilms have been available to visitors to the NLI since the 1970s.

However, their digitization means that, for the first time, anyone who likes will be able to access these registers without having to travel to Dublin.”

The Catholic Church was ahead of the state in keeping such records so its registers are one of its most important legacies to future generations.

To find out more visit the NLI website

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55 comments

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  3. Hi
    Looking for any
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  4. Madeleine Griffin

    Dad was William Anthony Sandford, born Belfast July 30 (or 31) 1923. His Mum was born Madeleine Sarah Kenny, in Kilkenny? around 1898? Later married to a Hugh Joseph Morgan. Lived on Walker St in Belfast, died 1970/71

  5. family of Fallon ( O’Fallon) county Roscommon.

  6. My 3x great grandfather was arrested for horse stealing and tried in Longford (not positive if he was from nearby) he was sent to New South Wales Australia for life in 1832 but was appointed as a bailiff and eventually a constable because he could read and write and so never really served his sentence. He was pardoned not long after arriving. I would love to find his parents. He was known as Patrick Conlon alias Conway and we think born 1808

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  8. Kathleen Hempel

    My mother Anne Maria Lavin was born in County Mayo. She arrived in the US when she was 16 years old and later married John Brett from County Sligo.

  9. Looking for Keyes ( keys) family 1850

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  11. What religion were they Sonya

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  15. Gann….has sometimes been written as gunn….old Gaelic maybe guinn…mcgann….Gannon also listed as perhaps being the same family.. As mc or on..was to identify son and grandson

  16. looking for information on family: grandparents; James Brennan & Christina Stout Brennan (my mom Philomena Brennan LeMoigne was born in Dublin, Ireland) …relatives etc…..both grandparents…i met my cousins, aunts and uncles would love to know more about my grandparents and their childhood…..

  17. Lots off ferguson here in Ireland a lettle more info might help my mother was ferguson

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    Looking for my McElligott family came to the USA around 1900

  19. Try searching under Gunn as it may be a misspelling. Lots of Gunns in Derrylin area of Co. Fermanagh. Good luck

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    I’m looking for information about my grandfather Michael Dunne born in Southern Ireland 1874 came to Scotland he had one sister

  21. Denise McCullough

    I am a McCullough would love to learn more about my Irish heritage. The majority of my family was in Philadelphia pa area, south jersey and south Florida. My grandfathers name is Edward McCullough. He had 3 brothers. Joseph, pal, James. Any information would be thrilled. He passed in 1988

  22. Kevin M Ferguson

    I’m looking for info on irish surname ferguson rumored to be involved with the IRA or any that lived in Ireland

  23. I am looking for info on my greatgrandfather, Patrick DEVER, born about 1865 (+/-5 years). He was born on Achill Island. Left for America in the 1880’s. Settled in Cleveland, Ohio. Married Mary (Maria) ‘Mallet in Cleveland. She was also born in Achill. In Cleveland them Achill
    Folk called themselves the “Achill Sounders”. Any information on his parents would be appreciated. I have hit the brick wall.

  24. John Patrick sullivan (O'Sullivan)

    Two brothers came to America in 1903 one was my great grandfather who was in the wrong line at Ellis island so we are now Sullivan’s. even thou his brother came out of line still a O’Sullivan they were from county Cork. I’m looking for the rest of our family

  25. Looking for anyone in Ireland who are related to the following souls who left the green Isle in the 1800’s my Family, here are a few of the forgotten who land in the Continent of North America, their are lot of people who forget their are Three America;s, not one!
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    1827…sailed in from Donegal ……Francis & Mary Gallagher -sailed into Moncton, New Brunswick…settled Gallagher Ridge, and moved to Irishtown ,NB
    1835…From Ireland….Timithy Madden .landed in Saint John,NB, was a Cordswainer, settled Madden’s Flats in 1835, now called Waterford,New Brunswick.
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    Looking for McIntosh ancestry. My grandfathers name was John Henry McIntosh. We got back as far as 4 generations. Hope you can find others.

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    I have been searching for my GGGrandad Timothy Rossiter he lived in Lower Main St Rathdrum Co Wicklow, he was married to Anne need Curran he died approx 1870/s and Anne died 1900 her family lived in the same house until at least 1930ish my mother was born there in 1916.
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  28. My Grandfather Edward Moore Came from Laois and he came to New York , from his Tales he had one of 17 Kids. Looking for some Family . Thanks

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  30. Jessica Coarsey

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  31. Hi just looking for info on my family how far back we go ect.as im trying to put together our family tree .thanks ☺from bagnelstown co carlow ireland

  32. Looking for marriage record and ancestry of James Kelly and Margaret Crosby, married in Carlow about 1815-1820. Thank you.

  33. Hi Patricia
    Im from dunmore east but live in Australia now .
    jump on Facebook we have a dunmore east page on there .
    There is also a barony of gaultier(the barony the village sits in) history group as well who might be able to help you .
    Was your granddad from dunmore .
    Its a pretty small village so info should nt be too hard to track down.
    If he was from the village the 1901 and 1911 censuses are online and list everybody in the locality.
    If he was Catholic the local church is killea and the protestant one st andrews

  34. Maureen McElroy Ulizio

    Looking for living relatives in either Fermanagh and/or Armagh. Grandmother’s maiden name was Theresa McQuaid. Grandfather’s name was John Edward McElroy.

  35. I am looking for parents to George Guinn who married Anna McKenna in 1850 in TENNESSEE…. my family is trying very hard to trace our Guinn roots but we hit a dead end there. It’s possible George came from Ireland in 1850 or its possible he was born in the USA but if you have any info that’d be great thanks!

  36. Belinda Tedesco, Bailey, kelley

    Looking for J.A. Kelley died in America at Gettysburgs in the civil war. Has a son John H. Kelley born in Alabama. Any one that could help would be great. Contact me bktkelley@gmail.com

  37. I’m looking for family of my biological daddy side,I was told his real last name might of been Diamond,but his named was changed to Presley.

  38. looking for information about my grandfather married my granny margaret boyle north dublin august or september 1912 that all i know about my mums dad they lived in dunemore east waterford

  39. Mary Ellen Norton Lyon

    Looking for history of Peter Norton b1820s married Bridgette Concannon b 1829 in Ireland. He became a citizen of U.S.A. in 1860s.

  40. MY FATHER RICHARD J. REIDY WAS BORN IN KILGARVIN COUNTY KERRY ON JANUARY 9TH 1883 THE SON OF MICHAEL REIDY AND ELLEN GODFREY REIDY I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND ANY OF MICHAEL REIDYS SIBLINGS. MY FATHER LANDED IN PHILADELPHIA IN 1895 ON THE SS KINGSINGTON WITH HIS MOTHER AND SISTERS AND JOINED HIS BROTHER HARRY REIDY IN ELMIRA,N.Y. ANY ANY INFORMATION ON MICHAEL’S FATHER AND SIBLINGS WOULD BE GREAT THANK YOU DICK REIDY

  41. There are a lot of MacNamaras in Clare ..try the Clare Library site. Also Census 1901and 1911.

  42. Hi,
    Are you talking about the RMS Lusitania? That ship was torpedoed by the Germans and sunk 11km off Old Head of Kinsale on May 7, 1915.

  43. Looking for any information on my grandmother Mary Keeley, she arrived in America on the SS Lusitiania around 1918 . Lost track of her around 1930…suspect she might have returned to Ireland after sustaining a head injury in NYC. Any information on her pre 1918 or post 1930 would be greatly appreciated.

  44. Looking for info on the Antrim name

  45. Looking for info. on Crowley or O’Crowley from County Cork. Thank You!

  46. Mary Anne Metcalfe King

    Trying to find parents of my Great Grandmother, Mary Frawley Lynch from Wexford. Lived in Dublin. Late 1800’s; early 1900’s.

  47. My great grandfather was Robert Browne. Looking for any information. He came to America but never wanted to talk about his back ground.

  48. im looking for any information about my grandfather patrick mac namara .hhe married elenora o.rourke and they lived in newmarket on fergus co clare. his father was thomas.thank you for any information. toni

  49. Peggy Allesch Barcasky

    i’m looking for info on my great grandfather who was Hugh Murphy and had a brother Frank Murphy

  50. Mothers name kinahan was in the Golding bridge home for ten years name Bridget and her sister Christina I have no information about my grand perents they may have lived in Gramby lane or summer hill not sure my mam was married in tha tin church in a place called the gloster diamond there was six kids two boys jack &twillaim four girls Cathy Molly plus mam and Chris William was odopted @six months no one seems to know anything about my mother my dads name was Francis Glynn from Dominic St dublin mother lived in summer hill plus we think Gramby lanei would love to know where I came from as my mother never spoke about her childhood please help if you can

  51. I would love to know my mothers background her name w as Kinahan married to Glynn she was in the golden bridge home for children for ten years her name was bridgite

  52. Mary McCahill Raymond

    I’m searching my maiden name…McCahill
    Thanks

  53. Charles sullivan

    Looking for my grandfather , he was born 04/15/1855 in Ireland , county cork near bantry . John traveled to the United States in 1876 , having a very difficult time following his entrance into Philadelphia . All knowledge would be wonderful . I understand he had family enter the country with him and they went (Colorado?) and John went to the coal region of Pennsylvania ( northeast Pennsylvania .

  54. Do we have a set time or a date for the records to be available?.
    Thanks for all your info that you post all year on the Irish and how to find different sites and just the human interest stories. You really do a great job.

  55. Donald Gartlan

    Hopefully the records will be available without having to pay Ancestry who havecontrol over most Irish history

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