Discover your Irish ancestors with Findmypast

Discover your Irish ancestors with Findmypast

Findmypast are the leaders in Irish family history with 110 million Irish records and over 300 million names. With the largest collection of Irish family history records at your fingertips, start exploring Irish censuses, parish records, Irish newspapers and more to discover your Irish ancestors today!

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Irish Newspapers

Irish Newspapers

Findmypast has a range of national Irish newspaper titles dating back to the 1700s, including The Freeman's Journal, Ireland's longest running national publication which merged into The Irish Independent in 1924. Local newspapers (like those found on Findmypast) reveal the daily lives of our ancestors. As well as announcements of births, marriages, and deaths, articles include details of visitors to and from town, legal notices about estates and land sales, and advertisements. The role and story of significant events, such as the Great Irish Famine or Fenian Risings are reported through a local lens, allowing you to understand more about ancestor's place within their community.

10 million new Irish Catholic Parish Registers for FREE

10 million new Irish Catholic Parish Registers for FREE

More than 33 million Americans have Irish heritage - for a vast majority, their ancestors immigrated to America during the 19th century. Over 3.8 million Irish immigrants arrived throughout the 1800's, especially in the middle part of the century when the deadly potato famine wreaked havoc on their homeland. When researching your family history, identifying your Irish immigrant ancestors and discovering more about your family's life before they came to America is a huge accomplishment. Up until now, the problem has been that it's really hard to do that - nearly all of the 19th century Irish censuses have been lost, leaving genealogists with a precious few documents to find evidence of their Irish ancestors. But since we released 10 million local Irish Catholic Parish records this past week, that's all changed. When compiled all together, these valuable local documents are able to re-construct what was previously lost or inaccessible to Americans. Now that these records are indexed and fully searchable online, many Americans will be able to find the missing link between their American and Irish families.

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Irish Census Records on Findmypast

Irish Census Records on Findmypast
An Irish Census return from Coleraine in 1851

Findmypast has a comprehensive collection of early Irish census records and substitute records to explore

You can explore over 400,000 surviving fragments from Ireland’s nineteenth century censuses for free at Findmypast in Ireland Census 1821-1851. Why not also explore Ireland Census Search Forms 1841 & 1851 which were used to verify the ages of people applying for old age pensions and contain extra information on your Irish family.

You’ll find some of the best Irish census substitute records on Findmypast too. Griffith's Valuation 1847-1864 is the most comprehensive and widely used land record from 19th century Ireland. It records nearly 3 million names and land plots from all 32 counties of Ireland. Exclusive to Findmypast, the Landed Estates Court Rentals 1850-1885 list over 500,000 tenants across Ireland and includes maps as well as excellent family history information.

Use our Poverty Relief Loans to find your ancestors

Use our Poverty Relief Loans to find your ancestors

A quick guide to the incredibly detailed new Irish Poverty Relief Loans, 1824-1871. Read on to open up entire branches of your Irish family tree!

Just for fun: How Irish are you? Take our quiz to find out.

Just for fun: How Irish are you? Take our quiz to find out.

Ah, Ireland. Home of Guinness, rock shandy, soda bread and…you? More Americans claim Irish heritage than the population of Ireland by around seven to one, but how Irish are you?

Celebrate your Irish ancestry this St Patrick's Day

Celebrate your Irish ancestry this St Patrick's Day

Read our Irish records expert, Brian Donovan's tips on discovering your Irish ancestry this St Patrick's day.