Irish Manuscripts Commission

The Irish Manuscripts Commission has a number of old, interesting, out of print Irish manuscripts that are free and good for investigating early family history.

16th century altar tomb carvings of the apostles at the Rock of Cashel


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.

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4 thoughts on “Irish Manuscripts Commission”

  1. Hoping a question is allowed. Trying to verify parents of my 4 great grandfather , Caesar Fanning , alleged born Cork , 1748 (source : Burke’s Landed Gentry). Where might I start research ?

    1. Hi James,The good news is that your ancestor has an unusual christian name! The bad news is that 1748 is a long way back for Irish records but don’t give up.If he was wealthy you have a much better chance. Cork county is also a difficult one as for a large part of the county there are as yet no records online. Two places to look online are Rootsireland which has Cork north east records. Rootsireland is slowly adding more counties so hopefully they will eventually have all of county Cork. has some Cork records. Other places you could search are the Tithe Applotment Books can’t remember where these are for free but check my post on this which will have where to find, Griffith’s Valuation on ask about Ireland site, the 1901 and 1911 Census records for Cork co in the National Archives site free.

    2. Hi James, sorry if you have already got this info.
      On the Ask About Ireland site John & Caesar Fanning appears in Griffiths Valuations in the townland of Morgan Street in the Parish of Holy Trinity Cork they have an office and yard and John and Caesar also have a house and yard at 23 St Patricks St, about 1851. There are quite a few Fannings in this parish most likely related.
      He is also in a number of directories as a stained paper manufacturer in 1805-1807 Holden’s Triennial Directory and living or working in St Patrick’s St Cork.
      In the 1809-1810 William West Cork Directory he is listed.
      In the 1820-22 Commercial and Residential Directory he is at 43 St Patricks St Cork.
      In 1824 in Pigot’s Directory I&C Fanning are house and sign painters and J&C Fanning are paper stainers and hangers. All at 91 St Patricks St Cork.
      In 1844-45 Aldwells City of Cork Directory only J.Fanning & co is listed as painters and paper stainers at 23 St Patricks St.
      In 1856 Slaters Royal National Commercial Directory J&C Fanning of 23 St Patricks St are painters. In the 1867 directory for Cork no Fannings appear.

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