The largest collection of Irish records available online

The largest collection of Irish records available online

Findmypast is home to the largest collection of Irish family history records available in the world. Local parish records are a key source for tracing your Irish ancestors and form the building blocks of your family tree. You can explore over 10 million new Irish Catholic Parish Registers for FREE as well as an abundance of other Irish records.

Catholic Parish Registers

Catholic Parish Registers

Findmypast is home to the largest online collection of Irish family history records, with over 110 million records spanning centuries of Irish history. Central to our collection are Irish Parish records, the details of daily life kept – in most cases – meticulously by priests and vicars until the introduction of compulsory civil registration in Ireland in 1864. Our latest significant addition to our Irish records includes 10 million Catholic Parish records, which will be free for everyone, forever. They join millions of Church of Ireland Parish records, representing an essential resource for more than 70 million people worldwide with Irish heritage. The Irish Catholic Parish Registers include baptisms and marriages, and have now been indexed for the first time, meaning you can search by name, year and place. The records will give a wide range of information that goes beyond most collections.

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Parish Records & Memorials

As parish records pre-date Civil Registration in Ireland (1864), they are invaluable for research, providing you with additional information such as parents' names and addresses. As the parish name is often listed on land records, cross-referencing records can help pinpoint a location, which is key to Irish family history research. It’s common to have different denominational churches in the same parish in Ireland, so knowing which religion your ancestors were will help you to narrow down which church records to search. Roman Catholic, Episcopalian & Methodist, and Presbyterian are the most common denominations.

Memorial records 

Irish graveyard headstones and memorials are very useful for gathering information on your ancestor’s life and death. As well as the name of the deceased, additional family names and exact relationships are often included on headstones. 

The records on our site are the result of the dedicated work of historians and genealogists who travelled to graveyards transcribing the names and dates found on gravestones and plaques.