Ireland Record Selection Table
The table below can help you decide which type of Irish records to search. Similar types of records in the country to which your ancestor immigrated may provide the information you need.
- Column 1 lists the types of information you may need.
- Column 2 lists the sections of this outline that discuss the records that are most likely to have the information you need.
- Column 3 lists other sections that may be useful.
The section headings used in columns 2 and 3 are the same headings as those used in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog. Records containing previous research (biography, genealogy, history, nobility, periodicals, and societies) may be helpful for most types of information. These have not been repeatedly listed unless they are especially helpful for the information you need.
|1. If You Need||2. Look First In||3. Then Search|
|Age||Census, Church Records, Civil Registration||Cemeteries, Military Records|
|Birth date||Church Records, Civil Registration||Cemeteries, Military Records, Newspapers, Occupations|
|Birthplace||Church Records, Civil Registration||Census, Newspapers, Military Records, Occupations|
|Boundaries of parishes, districts, and counties||Gazetteers||History, Maps|
|Coats of arms||Heraldry|| |
|Death||Cemeteries, Church Records, Civil Registration, Newspapers||Court Records, Probate Records, Land and Property|
|Historical background||Genealogy, History||Church History|
|Emigration date||Emigration and Immigration||Church Records, Naturalization and Citizenship|
|Language helps||Language and Languages|| |
|Living relatives||Civil Registration, Directories||Newspapers, Periodicals, Societies|
|Maiden name||Church Records, Civil Registration||Newspapers|
|Marriage||Church Records, Civil Registration||Biography, Genealogy, Newspapers, Nobility|
|Occupation||Census, Church Records, Civil Registration, Directories, Occupations, Probate Records||Court Records; Poorhouses, Poor Law, Etc.|
|Parents, children, and other family members||Census, Church Records, Civil Registration, Probate Records||Land and Property; Poorhouses, Poor Law, Etc.; Schools|
|Physical description||Court Records, Military Records||Biography, Newspapers, Occupations|
|Place-finding aids||Gazetteers, Maps||Directories, History, Land and Property, Periodicals, Taxation|
|Places of residence||Census, Church Records, Directories||Land and Property, Names (Personal)|
|Place of residence when you know only the county||Civil Registration, Directories, Land and Property, Probate Records, Taxation||Church Records|
|Previous research (compiled genealogy)||Biography, Genealogy, Societies||Nobility, Periodicals|
|Record-finding aids||Archives and Libraries, Genealogy||Periodicals, Societies|
|Religion||Biography, Church Records, Civil Registration||Census, Cemeteries, Genealogy, History|
|Understanding names||Names (Personal)|