Further information

The world wide web is a vast and sometimes bewildering source of information.

Below, we have compiled a list of some websites which you may find useful:

Local Studies

  • www.nationalarchives.ie
    The National Archives of Ireland holds a wide variety of records, many of which are relevant to Irish genealogy and local history.
  • http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/
    The National Archives of Ireland offers free access to the 1911 census for the 32 counties of Ireland. Use this site to catch a glimpse of what life was like in Ireland in 1911.
  • http://sources.nli.ie
    Sources: A National Library of Ireland Database for Irish Research is based on Haye's Manuscript Sources and Periodical Sources, a valuable tool which indexed Irish manuscripts and Key Irish periodicals. A valuable tool for researchers. 
  • http://www.askaboutireland.ie/
    A showcase of cultural heritage from Ireland's public libraries, museums and archives.
  • www.irishtimes.com/ancestor
    The Irish Times offers useful information on how to start tracing family roots in Ireland.
  • http://www.failteromhat.com/
    Some useful sources by someone bitten by the family history bug
  • www.irishgenealogy.com
    A link to the key source on those who left Ireland for the pampas of Argentina:
    Los Irlandes en Argentinas. Detail is in Spanish but still useful for names.
  • http://www.thepeerage.com/
    A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe (by a Family History buff).
  • www.interment.net/ireland/westmeath.htm
    A listing headstones in some Westmeath cemeteries compiled by visitors and volunteers. 
  • http://www.irish-roots.ie
    Site offering access to the indices of Parish Records for free but chargng for any detailed record.
  • http://www.birthsdeathsmarriages.ie/
    Online service to request certificates for Births, Deaths, Marriages and Adoptions. Address and date information essential. Charges apply.
  • www.buildingsofireland.ie
    The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage database which records buildings which may be of importance. Includes houses, schools, churches, curiousities etc. Browseable by county.
  • www.archaelogy.ie
    The website of the National Monuments Service offering access to the Mouments database and excavations reports.  
  • www.excavations.ie
    The Excavations database compiled from the Excavations Bulletin 
  • http://downsurvey.tcd.ie/index.html
    The Down Survey of Ireland - This Project has brought together for the first time in over 300 years all the surviving maps, digitised them and made them available as a public online resource.
  • http://www.irishlivesremembered.com
    Irish Lives Remembered - A free online, digital magazine dedicated to helping you find your Irish roots. In January 2013 they published an issue focusing on Westmeath : Irish Lives Remebered - Westmeath Issue (34,839kB)
  • http://ireland.anglican.org/about/170
    Killucan parish register 1696–1786, transcribed and edited by Andrew Whiteside.
  • http://www.ucc.ie/celt/links.html#mapsire
    CELT Resources, - Corpus of electronic Texts, a resource for research  in Irish Studies.
  • http://www.iar.ie/
    Irish Archives Resource web portal - This portal will link you to archival collections throughout the island of Ireland. Archives are the documents and records that relate to people, places, organisations, and events. You can use this portal to locate archives relating to your area of interest or research topic.

Book Reviews & Recommendations



  • www.ainm.ie
    This Irish-language biographies project is being developed by Fiontar, DCU, since 2009, in collaboration with Cló Iar-Chonnacht, and Diarmuid Breathnach and Máire Ní Mhurchú, the authors of Beathaisnéis, the nine-volume series of biographies published by An Clóchomhar (1986–2007). The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht funded the initial phase, digitization and online publication of the material
  • http://www.careersportal.ie/
    Careersportal.ie provides career information to all people who are considering their future careers


  • www.library.ie
    Publishing news and information on libraries in Ireland.


Ordnance Survey Ireland

Between 1829 and 1842 Ordnance Survey Ireland completed the first ever large-scale survey of an entire country.


  • 6"mapping series in colour (1837 - 1842)
  • 6" mapping series in Black and White (1837 - 1842)
  • 25" mapping series in Black and White (1887 - 1913)

Visit your local library to gain free access to the OSI Historic maps service. Staff will be happy to assist.

Open Street Map

OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world.