We took a trip over the Irish Sea this morning, and released a raft of new records that will help people all over the world to uncover their Irish roots.
Our four new collections date from the 19th century, providing a detailed view of life before and during the Great Famine. This tragedy brought about mass emigration from Irish shores, so in many cases these records provide the last chance to see your ancestors in their native home.
Griffith’s Valuation, 1848-1864, and Tithe Applotment Books, 1823-1837, act as crucial replacements for the destroyed Irish census records. They reveal where your ancestors were living, whether they were homeowners or tenants, and the value of their land – so you can really imagine how they lived their lives.
Our other two collections let you add some colour to your discoveries – and put them within their historical context. Lawrence Collection of Photographs, 1870 – 1910, brings together images from all over Ireland, showing the world your forebears lived in. Meanwhile, the historical maps in Ordnance Survey, 1824 – 1846, let you find your way around this world.
Because the Irish diaspora is spread so widely over the globe, these records offer the tantalising prospect of discovering lost cousins in Ireland, the USA or even further afield. Search the collections above, add the people you find to your Ancestry.co.uk family tree, then check the Member Connect tab in each person’s profile to see who else is researching them. Start your tree now
With these new collections, we now have over 35 million records to help you uncover your Irish roots. Find out more