Irish Websites (National Institute)

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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Research: Irish Ancestor  by Dr. Penelope Christensen. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

The following are useful websites for learning more about Ireland and Irish research, including databases:

1911 census Belfast

Archive CD Books Ireland

Belfast 1901 census index

Census Transcripts and Indexes

Church of Ireland Records

CMC Record Project

Directory of Irish Websites:


General Register Office (Northern Ireland)

General Register Office for Republic of Ireland (GROI)

Griffith’s Valuation transcripts

Ireland’s History in Maps

Irish Ancestral Research Association

Irish Family History Foundation

Irish Family History Society

Irish history texts

Irish Origins

Modern zoomable maps

National Archives of Ireland

National Library of Ireland

PRONI emigration exhibition

Royal Historical Society

Samuel Lewis’s 1839 maps can be viewed free

Surname histories and distribution

The Ireland Genweb Project

Townlands Database

Ulster Historical Foundation

University College of Cork’s database of historical texts

Wills Index 1016-1917

Looking for English wills after 1858


Information in this Wiki page is excerpted from the online course Research: Irish Ancestor offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. To learn more about this course or other courses available from the Institute, see our website. We can be contacted at

We welcome updates and additions to this Wiki page.