Irish genealogy resources
Major Irish archives for genealogists
Most of the Irish Archives with significant collections of family history material are in Dublin and Belfast. You'll find their addresses and links to their websites below, along with details of a few specialist repositories that may be of interest depending on your own genealogical interests.
National Library of Ireland, Dublin.
maximise your Irish genealogy search at an archive:
- Be clear about what you want
to achieve. Archive offices are not the right places for rooting around in
the hope of finding 'something'. Be specific. And make sure the archive
you're going to visit holds those records.
- If you haven't yet got your family history research up and running, an archive is unlikely to be the best place to begin. See Getting Started before
making arrangements to visit.
- The four most vital pieces
of information you need for your family tree search in Ireland are:
surname, religion, townland where they lived and approximate dates for
when they lived there.
- Bear in mind that most of
Ireland's genealogy records are organised by townland name. Without this
piece of information, it will be difficult to find your family in any UK or Irish archives (unless they have an unusual name). See Townland of Origin to see how you can find this crucial detail.
Main repositories with Irish family history holdings
Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-142
Pearse Street, Dublin 2
General Register Office (GRO), Werburgh
Street, Dublin 2
General Register Office of Northern Ireland (GRONI), NISRA, Colby House, Stranmillis Court, Belfast BT9 5RR
Land Valuation Office, Block 2, Irish
Life Centre, Abbey Street Lower Dublin 1
National Archives of Ireland, Bishop
National Library of Ireland, Kildare
Street, Dublin 2
Presbyterian Historical Society Library, Assembly Buildings, Fisherwick Place,
Belfast, BT1 6DW
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Titanic Boulevard, Belfast, BT3
Registry of Deeds, Henrietta
Street, Dublin 1
Representative Church Body Library, Braemor
Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14
Society of Friends Library, Swanbrook
Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
The National Archives (UK), Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU
Specialist Irish archives
Centre for Migration Studies/Mellon Migration Centre, Co
Genealogy Research Centre - Glasnevin Cemetery
Guinness Archive at Guinness
National Folklore Collection See also free online database
Irish Railways Society Archive