Irish Genealogy: 70 Top Resources for Finding Your Irish Ancestors

A Comprehensive Collection of Irish Ancestry Resources

For the 33.3 million Americans who claim Irish ancestry, it can be an overwhelming task to sift through the plentiful Irish genealogy and family history resources available on and offline. In the spirit of Irish-American Heritage Month, we’ve decided to offer up a helping hand in your big Irish family research by compiling a list of 70 Irish ancestry resources so you can fill in some genealogy research gaps, and discover new Irish family stories that might be missing from your family tree.

From Irish surnames, to genealogy libraries and immigration records, it’s likely you’ll find a long lost Irish ancestor by utilizing the following resources.


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How to Find Your Irish Ancestors: Irish Ancestry Resources

Irish Census Records

Irish Vital Records

Irish Wills

Irish Church Records

Irish Military Service Records

Irish Immigration Records & Passenger Lists

Irish Surname Search & Meanings

Irish Newspapers, Magazines & Online Collections

Irish Genealogy Libraries & Archives

 Irish Graveyards, Monuments & Tombstones

Irish Genealogical Societies & Associations

Additional Irish Ancestry Resources

Are there any Irish ancestry research resources missing from our list? Let us know in the comments!

14 thoughts on “Irish Genealogy: 70 Top Resources for Finding Your Irish Ancestors

  1. J Nic Liam

    I notice you have not included the Irish Genealogical Research Society founded 1937 and plenty free items on our site e.g. Early Irish Marriage index containing over 66000 marriages pre Civil Registration from non parish sources.

  2. Tyrone Bowes

    Not one mention of the commercial ancestral DNA testing approach. If you know nothing of your Irish ancestors then the the DNA approach would be worth considering.

  3. Irish Lives Remembered FREE Genealogy eMagazine

    I would love to add in IRISH LIVES REMEMBERED GENEALOGY eMAGAZINE to your PUBLICATIONS heading. We are a FREE bi-monthly eMagazine dedicated to Irish Ancestry. Just published our 27th edition last week. Thanks Eileen Munnelly, Publisher

  4. A J Morris

    You forgot to mention DigDat Irish Genealogy website — yes the _old_ site was getting worn, after nearly 15 years, but the site has been completely re-built for 2015 and has, among other resources, a free place name database that is the only one online to include aliases and variant spellings (admittedly a work in progress, it has over 70,000 names so far).

    Thank you,
    Andrew J Morris

  5. Michael McKeag

    To your list of Societies, please add the North of Ireland Family History Society.
    Founded in 1979 it has a dozen Branches in Ulster, each of which meets once a month; it has about 1,100 Members, half being Branch Members and the other half Associate Members scattered around the world.
    It maintains an excellent Research Centre at Newtownabbey, consisting of the Randal Gill Library (books and many transcriptions), the Irish Journals Room (about 50 subscriptions to family history and local history journals), the Map Room (with maps and directories) and the Honneyman Room (for delivering courses). Look up services are available for Members and an increasing number of records are to be made available online.

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