Newspapers are a fantastic resource for anyone tracing their Irish roots. They provide an insight into what life was like for your ancestors in the cities, towns and villages around Ireland hundreds of years ago. The Irish Newspaper Collection on Findmypast provides access to millions of articles from both local and national titles, covering all corners of the island.
Findmypast has a range of national newspaper titles from Ireland including The Freeman's Journal, Ireland's longest running national publication which merged into The Irish Independent in 1924. You'll also discover Pue's Occurences, one of the earliest titles in the collection, dating back to the 1700s.
Including Galway Vindicator, and Connaught Advertiser and Sligo Champion
Including Cork Examiner, Limerick Reporter and Tipperary Vindicator and Waterford Chronicle
Including Dublin Evening Mail, Dublin Monitor, Drogheda Journal, or Meath & Louth Advertiser and Newry Examiner and Louth Reporter
Including Belfast Mercantile Register and Weekly Advertiser, Belfast Morning News, Belfast Newsletter, Northern Whig and Newry Examiner and Louth Reporter
What can newspapers tell me?
Newspapers are a treasure trove of information for family historians. They tell the story of events that made the news through a local lens, giving you a context for your ancestors' life stories. You can gather excellent details on your family from the millions articles in the newspaper collections on Findmypast.
Some of the things you can expect to uncover include:
News Reports on local and national events
These include detailed reports of court hearings (which often include transcripts of the proceedings), annual reports from charitable organisations and the Workhouse Unions.
Birth, marriage and death notices. You will also find notices of engagements, anniversaries and birthdays.
Detailed obituaries can reveal a wealth of detail about your ancestors’ lives.
Usually found on the front page of nineteenth century newspapers, advertisements include notices of auctions, items for sale, lost & found, job offers and travel deals.
Early newspapers were illustrated with engravings. Later they were crammed with photographs of big events and local weddings and social events.