Posted by on 14 March 2011 in General, Record Collections

BelfastWe 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.

Dublin MapOur 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 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



I appreciate that you are starting to add Irish records but sadly none of these new ones are any good for me as my Catholic Irish ancestors left Ireland long before these records started.
I would love to see other records from the 18th century including Irish army, militia and fencible regiment muster rolls, Parish Registers, trade directories, and any other parish records that can be used as substitutes for missing PR’s and ‘census’ such as rental agreements. Plus I would really like to see copies of the Analecta Hibernica magazine,

14 March 2011 at 11:13 pm
Jean doherty 

I’ve been trying to get info on my family .
There doesn’t seem to be any records for Northern Ireland.
Every time I try to search it gives records for England & Wales.
Can anyone help & tell me where I can find these records????????

19 March 2011 at 4:05 am
John Currie 

Jean you need to search “UK and Irish” or “Irish” records in the search fields down at the bottom of the “Search Records”.

21 March 2011 at 3:21 pm