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With billions of records online at Findmypast, researching your family tree may at first seem a little daunting. Follow these easy steps to help you get started.

  1. Where To Start
  • Write down what you already know about your ancestors – just the facts, not the rumours!
  • Ask your family, especially the older members.
  • Search the attic. Check old photographs, letters or documents and other heirlooms for clues to the past
  • Sign up for a free subscription on the Findmypast stand at Back To Our Past, with access to millions of Irish records that date back as far as the 1600s.
  1. Build Your Family Tree
  • Start building a family tree at Findmypast. It’s free to use and totally secure.
  • Put the initial information you have acquired into your tree and begin to grow from there.
  • Add any extra information that you find along the way to each family member’s profile.
  1. Birth, Marriage and Death Records
  • When you’ve found an ancestor on Findmypast, use the information in the index to order their birth, marriage or death certificate from the General Register’s Office.
  • Certificates provide lots of extra detail, such as parents’ names, occupations and address.
  1. Censuses and Substitutes

Discover your family in our surviving census records as well as excellent substitutes including the exclusive Landed Estate Court Rentals, and the indispensable Griffiths’ Valuation.

  1. Newspaper Reports
  • Findmypast have scanned millions of pages of historical local Irish newspapers, dating from the 1700s to the early twentieth century.
  • Search for your ancestors within their pages to discover what life was like and add more detail to what you know about your family history.
  • Newspapers reported both local and national news, inquests, obituaries, scandals and criminal trials.
  1. Broaden Your Search
  • Explore Findmypast’s other collections – there are billions of records to search!
  • You could learn about your ancestor’s time in the army, at sea or even in prison.
  • Find living relatives and discover other overseas ancestors with collections available from all around the world.


Recent additions to Findmypast

Here are some of the fascinating Irish collections that joined Findmypast in recent months that you can access for free with your complimentary 1 month subscription:

Dublin Workhouses Admission & Discharge Registers 1840-1919

Exclusively online at Findmypast, these rich registers record nearly 80 years the poorest people in Dublin as they seek refuge in the workhouses. Most Dublin families will find a connection amongst these 3 million records.

Ireland National School Registers

Discover your ancestors’ school days in these detailed school registers from all over the country

Irish Newspapers

Titles that have joined the collection recently include Carlow Post, Downpatrick Recorder and The Evening Freeman. There are now over 80 titles and millions of articles to explore in the archive.

Church Of Ireland Parish Record Search Forms

Church of Ireland ancestors? Uncover more details about them in these unique records which were used to prove age when the Old Age Pension was introduced in 1909


Irish Army Census 1922

If you had a relative in the newly-formed Free State Army in 1922, explore these records to find out where they were during this military census.