An Irish family arrives to Ellis Island Photo by: Ellis Island

Searching your Irish roots online - a guide to Irish genealogy websites and how to search on them


An Irish family arrives to Ellis Island Photo by: Ellis Island

Over the past three years IrishCentral has witnessed history in the field of Irish genealogy. The 1901 and 1911 censuses are now online and provide a wealth of information for Irish Americans and Irish Diaspora all over the world.

The Internet has shown itself to be a massive asset when it comes to doing preliminary research on your Irish roots. Last August an Irish Voice story showed us just how useful the Internet can be as a professional genealogist traced, Margaret Kelly,  the oldest Irish woman in America’s, past back to her birth in Clare, in 1922, in just a couple of hours online.

READ MORE: New details on oldest living Irishwoman uncovered

With over 70 million people around the world claiming Irish ancestry, there’s a chance that you have some Irish roots. Why not take look? Your Irish roots are only a click away.

We’ve put together  a list of some online genealogy sites that we though might help you connect with your Irish roots.

If you know of any other useful sites for our readers please let them know in the comments below.

Here's our list:

Ireland's National Archives

This site is most certainly one of the most valuable genealogy assets to have emerged in recent years. Here you can look back at the Census of Ireland from 1901 and 1911 and find your ancestors. The censuses also provide information on religion, occupation, relationship to head of family, literary status, county or country of origin, Irish language proficiency, illness and child survival information.

You can also view business records and national education records.



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This site is truly incredible and really needs no introduction. This site can allow you access to records from all over the world. You can search for details on certificates, military records and a myriad of other details on your ancestors.

Irish Genealogy

This site allows access to the  records of the Catholic dioceses of Ireland, and Church of Ireland in certain counties, providing details on baptisms, marriages, and burials.This site also gives you tips on how to start your search and plan a visit to Ireland to search for more details.

General Register Office of Ireland

This is where birth adoptions, stillbirth, marriage and death certificates in Ireland live. Through this site you can get access to any of these certificates for the price of €10.

General Register Office of Northern Ireland

Similarly this site gives you access to certificate records in Northern Ireland from 1864 on.

Ellis Island records

The famous port of Ellis Island has a fantastic collection of records. It allows you to view the passenger manifest, ship manifest and even an image of the ship your ancestor arrived to the United States in. It also has a huge collection of histories, images and other fascinating information.

Ancestry Ireland

This site provides a service by which their experts will carry out the research into your ancestors and roots on your behalf. This site established by the Ulster Historical Foundation also allows you to do the research yourself they can give you access to birth, marriage and death certificates, gravestone inscriptions, and street directories. The also have detailed townland maps.


This website is used by genealogists and local historians to help them locate burials. You can track down where family members were buried and learn about the cemeteries.

Irish Canadian Emigration Records, 1823-1849


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