Irish Manuscripts Commission


The Irish Manuscripts Commission has a lot of old Irish books online and free. These include the Calendar of Ormond  Deeds, The Book of Survey & Distribution and The Civil Survey and many other interesting books that could be useful for  genealogy in early periods. They plan to add more titles.

Free Irish Genealogy eBooks

This site has a wonderful list of free eBooks for Irish family history.  They are not under copyright as they are old. Some gems here. Good reading on a rainy day.

There are nearly 350 eBooks listed at this site with links. Most are 19th century with some from the previous century.

On this site the eBooks are grouped under the following headings:

* History of Ireland* Local History* Guidebooks* Irish Diaspora – General* Irish Diaspora- North America* Family Histories* Disputed Inheritance Cases* Irish-American Family Histories* Irish-Canadian Family Histories* Irish Genealogy Sources

Some of the titles which look interesting are:

The History of Ireland 1844

Slaters Directory 1846

Irish Local Names Explained

The Irish In America

Irish Emigration to the United States

Biographical History of the American Irish In Chicago

The Irish in Australia

The Story of the Irish in Argentina

Irish Colonists in New York

***Varieties and Synonymes of Surnames and Christian Names in Ireland

Below are two pages from one book which relate to Fannings

index to prerogatve wills ireland p161 faninge
Index to Prerogative Wills Ireland Sir Arthur Vicars 1897 p161
index to prerogative wills of ireland Fannin p162
Index to Prerogative Wills Ireland Sir Arthur Edward Vicars 1897 p162


Excellent Co Tipperary Ancestry Research Resource

The Ireland Gen Web Project has some valuable information for Co Tipperary family history research.

It is being added to all the time and is definitely worth looking at.

The site has a list of all the civil parishes and townlands and for some parishes maps of the townlands, very helpful.

This site doesn’t require subscription or payment.

Some of what they have on this site:

County Tipperary Records


Records for Carlow, Cork, Dublin and Kerry Ireland

Church records for Carlow, Cork, Dublin and Kerry Ireland now online, free at, a website launched by the Department of Tourism, Culture & Sport late last year.

The records now available are:
For Carlow – Church of Ireland register entries
For Cork – Roman Catholic register entries for the diocese of
Cork & Ross only
For Dublin City – Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic
register entries
For Kerry – Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic records.

I have found some Dublin City records for related Fannings. However a lot of the Christian names are written in Latin and this can be misleading.  I have also searched and found a record and not been able to find it again. Not sure why this happened. Play around with different search terms.

Co Tipperary Irish Family History Source Lists

Tipperary Source Lists on the Rootireland web site has links to information on Co.Tipperary Ireland that will be helpful in tracing your Irish ancestors. Includes Parish and Record dates; what records are available for baptisms and marriages; descriptions of towns in Tipperary; listings of churches in Co Tipperary and any associated graveyards and more.

Australian Sources for Family History Research

NEW SOUTH WALES:  Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages

Online Indexes at State Records NSW

VICTORIA: Births, Marriages and Deaths Records

QUEENSLAND:  Births, Marriages & Deaths Search

TASMANIA: Births, Marriages & Deaths not online

The Colonial Tasmanian Family Links



RecordSearch describes over 6 million records created by 9000 Australian Government agencies, mostly since 1901:

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness: Unfortunately RAOGK will be offline for sometime (Dec 2011).

Passenger Lists:

State Records NSW has an Immigration and Shipping online Index:

Vic Cemetery Lookups:

Australian Cemeteries lists by state, and then alphabetically by place name, cemeteries in Australia. It lists contact details, any transcript details, available lookups and links to available online data: lists records for cemeteries worldwide including Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States. All the Australian cemeteries listed can be surname searched using the site search engine on the Australian listing.


Cyndi’s List Australia, has a huge number of links to sites for researching Australian ancestors:

An Australian gateway site for tracing your family history by Cora Num:

Irish Genealogy Resources for Family History Research

In researching your Irish ancestors these sites may be helpful:

Family Trees on Rootsweb World Connect (free)

The Irish Times Ancestry section. This includes an online version of material in found in John Grenham’s Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, Third Edition. You can get this book through Amazon. I recommend Amazon as I have found they are so much cheaper than specialist genealogy bookstores and it is often possible to get a second hand copy. I have never had any problems with either.

Jane Lyons has a comprehensive site called From Ireland.

Tipperary Genealogy

The Index Page for the Ireland Genealogy Projects

Failte Romhat The genealogy site of John Hayes.

Connors Genealogy

Very detailed listings and descriptions of many Irish sources available at Irish by Sean Quinn at Rootsweb Freepages.

Census Finder has links to numerous good sites.

Latter Day Saints Free Record Search

The Irish Family History Foundation . Fee of 5 Euro to view a record.

Tipperary Family History Research commissioned research only.

Cemetery Headstone Transcriptions Ireland by Sue Grieves