Many of us have roots in Ireland – myself included – so it makes me very happy to share some of the newest records Ireland has released to researchers.

First we have original wills that span the years 1858 to 1920. These records will prove to be invaluable to many researchers – they may help prove a family line or provide information on family members yet unknown. The record collection is free at Find My Past (you must register). The other nice thing about this collection is the description given about the records and the difference between a will, grant of probate, and administration. Unless you have a legal background, you may not know the difference.

Next is the National Archives of Ireland, also a free resource. They have recently released the following records:

  • Prerogative and diocesan copies of some wills and indexes to thers, 1596-1858
  • Diocesan and Prerogative Marriage Licence Bonds Indexes, 1623-1866
  • Catholic qualification and convert rolls, 1700-1845
  • Valuation Office house, field, tenure and quarto books, 1824-1856
  • Shipping agreements and crew lists, 163-1921
  • Will Registers 1858-1900

Lastly, we have a free search to Irish civil records at Irish Genealogy (the site has very heavy traffic, so be patient!). You can search for births, marriages, and deaths.  The more information you have, the more precise your search results will be.  But only a name is needed to do a search. I did a search of my known relative, John Heffernan and I also knew he was from County Kilkenny, I got 21 results for John Heffernan in Kilkenny.  I may have found his date of death, something I didn’t have.

There are many more records to research at the Irish Genealogy site, so plan a fair amount of time to have a proper search.

As always, happy hunting!