Monday, 16 June 2014

No Luck of the Irish

Take a good look at the above photo - that is the Dublin Four Courts building housing the Public Records Office, going up in flames at the Battle of Dublin, 1922. That is part of the reason there are few BMD records for Ireland and why you have no luck finding a trace of your Irish ancestors.  So if your family came from Ireland, you will have to think differently and search out alternate records.

My grandfather was estranged from his family so we didn't know anything about our Irish Seale ancestors. When I started researching that family line and discovered there were no records.... I felt double gypped! But I am determined! I posted queries on every genealogy board out there. Finally, after a few years and more people were getting into genealogy I got replies. Two of them!  One was from a distant cousin also descended from my 2nd great-grandfather John Seale of Queen's County Ireland, and the other was from a person in Australia who mentioned a Seale pedigree that was floating around the internet somewhere. So off I went, using every searching skill I could muster, trying to find that pedigree. And I did.  Along with a few others for which there are links below.

The next challenge was going to be to connect this pedigree with my family in Kingston, Ontario. After sitting on it a while, I received a message from a fifth cousin whose relative had gone to Ireland and found parish records at the church. The connection was made. I have the luck of the Irish! Please let it hold true for my other Irish families!

Follow the Irish Genealogy News Blog for updates on available new records.

Hopefully you can find your Irish ancestors mentioned in some of the links I have gathered for you and set out below. 

Relevant Links:

Irish and Anglo-Irish Landed Gentry 1887

Irish Pedigrees

Irish Pedigrees - The origin and stem of the Irish Nation Vol I

Irish Pedigrees - The origin and stem of the Irish Nation Vol II

A Genealogical History of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain & Ireland Vol I

A Genealogical History of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain & Ireland Vol II

A Genealogical History of Irish Families - with their crests and armorial bearings

Irish Marriages: Index of marriages in Walker's Hibernian magazine 1771-1812 Vol I

Irish Marriages: Index of marriages in Walker's Hibernian magazine 1771-1812 Vol II

Roscommon Soldiers who died in World War I

Immigration of the Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania 1682-1750

Missing Friends (Ads for Irish immigrants in the Boston Pilot)

The genealogies, tribes, and customs of Hy-Fiachrach, or O'Dowda's Country (Galway)

Dublin Records

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)

PRONI Will Search

Perogative of Irish Wills 1526-1897

PRONI Freeholders database

National Archives of Ireland Genealogy

Irish Genealogy

Down Survey Maps (*new)

Irish Collections of Laois Papers - Land

Griffith's Valuation

Using Griffith's Valuation

Tithe Books

Pigot & Co's Provincial Directory of Ireland 1824

Irish Almanacs and Directories

Book of Maps and Roads 1777

IreAtlas Townland Search

Website of Ireland maps and directories (left menu)

Irish Genealogy News (Check often for updates)

Census of Ireland 1901-1911

Some bits of Ireland Census 

Guide to Records of The Poor Law

Irish Periodicals

Irish Lives Remembered ( FREE online genealogy magazine)

Irish Newspapers Archive

Irish Genealogy Project Archives

RootsIreland $ (free to search)

The Parish Registers of Christ Church, Delgany (Glendalough)

Archivium hibernicum: or Irish Catholic historical records Vol 1 of 7

A catechism of Irish geography and topography,physical, social, historical and biographical, for schools and families: 1822-1917

Electoral Rolls Ireland 1908-1910

Irish Flax Growers 1796

The Irish Lined Trade Hand Book and Directory

More good sources for Ireland at Fáilte Romhat website

"Devia Hibernia" : the road and route guide for Ireland 1893

The Royal Irish Academy: List of Members Vol I – 1836

Calendar of Deeds - Dublin

> Volume II: 1350-1413.

> Volume III: 1412-1509.

> Volume IV: 1509-1547.

> Volume V: 1547-1584.

> Volume VI: 1584-1603. This volume includes Appendices, and Index Nominum (name) and Index Locorum (place).

IRELAND - Reflections and resolutions proper for the gentlemen of Ireland, as to their conduct for the service of their country, as landlords, masters of families, as Protestants, as descended from British ancestors, as country gentlemen and farmers, as justices of the peace, as merchants, as members of parliament

Irish Archive Resource - free

Varieties and Synonymes of Surnames and Christian Names in Ireland: for the guidance of registration officers and the public in searching the indexes of BMD - 1901

Laois, Queen's Co - The Laois Papers - Index to papers classified as Deeds - leases, assignments, settlements, indentures, wills etc.  PDF

Gravestone photos, records, and transcriptions and other records

Church of Ireland Gazette 1913-15

The Wild Geese - Irish Genealogy

Thom's Irish Who's Who 1923

Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland

Registry of Deeds Index Project website

Trinity College Graduates - Dublin 1865-1885

The Irish in America 1868

** Note:  Get PDF of Ireland Genealogy links under Resources tab in above menu.

Related Posts: No Luck of the Irish 2, No Luck of the Irish 3, Ireland Constabulary Resources  


  1. I hope you find your link. I will be checking back, especially once I start on my grandson's line.

    1. Thanks Vicki. Also use the Ireland label in the list on the left.

  2. Great work you have done here!

  3. I appreciate all these links! I have Irish ancestors with twice the trouble. They came to the US around 1847, but withing 7 years had migrated to San Francisco. Many of the records I would need like my ancestors naturalization papers were lost in the 1906 earthquake. The only clues I have from other records is they were from County Roscommon.

    I have clues that family and/or records existed in Ireland 1907 that proved relationship. That same earthquake that destroyed documentation caused a cousin to refile her uncle's probate case. Although I only have the questions, I know that someone in Ireland answered a deposition that proved how people within the case were related to the deceased. If only the file had the answers too!

    This is one of the reasons that I had my DNA tested. There must be other Kelly and Dolan's in this world. Hopefully, one of them tests and will provide clues to who my family was in Ireland.

    I am going to work through your links. Maybe I'll get lucky!

    1. So many important documents lost to fire, floods, earthquakes and bombings, etc... Being tenacious, I'm sure you will find something. Hopefully here! Good luck, and thanks for visiting.

  4. I'm definitely noting these resources for future reference!

    1. I hope you find something to help in your research! Thanks for visiting.

  5. Great list of resources. I'd love to connect one of my lines to the 'landed gentry', maybe one of Norman descent, though! haha

    1. Hopefully something will click! Thanks for visiting Dara.

  6. Boy do I need this! Thanks to Dara, I have my Irish pushed back from New York to Limerick, but how to proceed from there is still a puzzle to me.

    1. Check the Ireland Parliamentary Papers also, under the Resources tab. Lots of names, usually by county.
      Maybe we should GO there, eh? :-)


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