Top 5 Irish Genealogy Sites

If you find you have branches of your tree that trace back to Ireland, here are a list of five useful genealogy sites that provides information on Ireland and (hopefully) your ancestors.

Library of Ireland… Besides a selection of village, town, and city directories, there are texts of several books on names that should prove useful in searching through Birth, Marriage, and Death records, and in pinpointing locations in which a particular family is most likely to be found.

Irish Genealogy… The website is now home to the historic records of Births, Marriages and Deaths of the General Register Office. These records join the Indexes to the historic records of Births, Marriages and Deaths that were already available on the website.

Irish Genealogy Tool Kit… You’ll find page after page of relevant advice on this website plus the very latest information on genealogical resources in Ireland.

From Ireland… Here you will find millions of free records, compiled by Dr. Jane Lyons, including: gravestone records, gravestone photographs, 1901 census records, 1911 census records, 1931 trade directory records, birth records, marriage records, death records, Lewis’ topographical records, Griffith’s valuation records, and more.

The National Archives of Ireland… All of these records are free to access, through searchable databases and linked images of relevant pages. Eventually, the site will contain all of the important and easily accessible genealogical material in the custody of the National Archives.

While sites such as Ancestry provides a lot of information for researchers, I tried to stick with free websites. Ancestry is too expensive and provides little more than free sites such as Check out this list, and stay tuned for Friday – when I’ll be posting a freebie: A family sheet that helps you track your information.