services do we offer ?
We undertake research on ancestors of people of Irish descent, using
all known sources & material in repositories in Ireland & abroad.
Full ancestor research
2) Applications for Irish Passports
3) Will searches
The following are the most common sources employed:
1. Tithe Applotment Books 1820-35: listing householders in the
32 counties, with size of holdings, quality & amount of tithe (on microfilm
at the National Library & National Archives of Ireland)
2. Griffith’s Valuation of Ireland 1848-64: includes a list of
householders in Ireland in the 32 counties, with size of holdings &
Annual Rateable Valuation (on microfilm at the National Library & National
Archives of Ireland). This is supported by details of ownership & change
of ownership of properties from the time of the Valuation to the present
day, available from the Valuation Office in Dublin. There are large
scale maps available outlining specific properties.
Parish Records: Catholic, Anglican (Church of Ireland) & Presbyterian.
The starting dates vary widely, from the mid-eighteenth or early
nineteenth centuryin the case of R.C. records (earlier for Anglican
records in certain city parishes)
R.C. records on microfilm: at the National Library of Ireland. To
1880 in general, baptisms, marriages & deaths.
Anglican records on microfilm: at the National Archives of Ireland.
Many of the original early registers are at the Representative Church
Body Library, Dublin. Some are in local custody.
Presbyterian records: most at the Public Record Office in Northern
Ireland, or in local custody.
Civil Records: from 1864 to the present, with the exception of protestant
marriages (1845). A project is under way to index these records centrally
on computer & make them available on a website. This is some way off.
For the present, the researcher must visit the General Register Office
in Dublin & read the indexes & records there. Many of these records
are available from other sources.
included on Birth records are: names of both parents (including the
mother’s maiden name) & their address
included on Marriage records are: names & addresses of the marrying
parties, their occupations, their addresses & the names of their fathers
& their occupations.
included on Death records are: name of deceased, address, cause of
death & the name of a witness present at time of death.
Census Records: complete for 1910 & 1911; fragments from the 19th
century, complete for some parishes. The first full census in Ireland
dates from 1821 (most of the returns are, unfortunately, lost).
Land Records: in addition to the details from the Tithe Books &
Griffith’s Valuation, records are available at the Registry of Deeds,
Dublin. These involve land transactions, mortgages, transfers, etc.,
from 1708 to the present day. An important source for the 18th century
especially, where few other records are available. By the 19th century
many more people were registering deeds of land transactions. Many wills
were also deposited at this registry. Deeds often name several people.
(1) Estate records. Land in Ireland was largely in the hands
of big landowners until the 1840s, when many of the estates were broken
up under the Encumbered (with debts) Estates Act (1849). A series of
Land Acts from the 1880s saw more & more land going to the occupiers
of land, until the Wyndham Land Act (1903), which enabled many thousands
to own their own land. Estate records vary from county to county, estate
to estate. Many involve small tenants.
Wills. Annual Calendars are available from 1858, with details of
address, date of death, executors names & names of heirs. Before that
there is an Index from 1484. A fire at the Public Record Office in Dublin
in 1922 destroyed much of the nation’s records, including some of the
19th century census returns, original wills, etc. Many of the missing
records have been replaced from other sources. New records are appearing
all the time, as interest in genealogy & family history grows. Administrations
(intestacy) indexes are also available.
The County Heritage Centres: this project, laudable in its original
aims, has not been as successful as might be wished. The aim was for
every county to index all records particular to it. Many of the parish
records have been indexed. Some centres are more successful than others.
The problem probably lies with the county system. There are insufficient
resources made available to fund the centres. A central location for
all records countrywide, maintained by professional researchers, would
lead to economies of scale & better results. Some of the centres have
closed their doors, other take too long, or ignore queries from the
public. Many relevant records have not yet been indexed. This is especially
frustrating for clients overseas.
Miscellaneous Records: these include Census substitute forms (used
by people applying for pensions in the early decades of the 20 century),
publications (on surnames, local history of places, journals, existent
genealogies & family histories, know information on surnames, commercial
& social directories, city directories, gravestone inscriptions, newspapers),
indexes of marriage licenses, Voters lists, Freeholder lists, emigration
information is available on various Irish & International websites already.
Particular mention should be made of the LDS (Latter Day Saints) on
This site has many civil records from the early years of registration,
as well as some parish records & pedigrees of clients submitted to the