Irish Genealogy Toolkit

Start telling your family’s story

Jannet L. Walsh, of Murdock, Minnesota, poses in front of Crosstown Cottage, near Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, June 1, 2018, before heading to the railway station in Killarney. Walsh spent most of May 2018 living in the historic cottage researching and writing about her family’s Irish roots, connecting with local Irish culture and people. Photo by Olive Horgan.
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Greetings and welcome to Irish Genealogy Tool!

About – I’m happy to share with you resources I used to collect details about my family’s Irish roots in the United States, Canada, and Ireland. Many of the resources can be used if you are seeking Irish roots, or other ethnic backgrounds.

Getting started – I’m starting with a guide I wrote originally as a blog, later published at IrishCentral, 2021, and will be sharing more resources.

What’s included – You will find official websites from the government of Ireland, archives in United States, and numerous resources I used, or found of interest during my family history search.

Paid and other resources – I’ve included Ancestry and other helpful genealogy search sites requiring membership fees. You might check with your local libraries, historical societies and museums offering free access in your local area.

You will find numerous non-subscription databases below, including 1940 US Census, Ellis Island, Passenger lists, and more from the National Archives, Washington, DC.

I’ve included links below for state archives, and other agencies below that might be offering free access to paid resources. You might already have access in your city, county or state as part of public services and resources.

Genealogy resources are grouped in four main areas:

  • Getting started with genealogy
  • Genealogy guides
  • Tools for genealogists
  • Travel to Ireland

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Wishing you best of luck in your detective work to tell your family’s story.

Best wishes, Jannet L. Walsh


List last updated July 3, 2022

Recently added: 1950 US Census


Getting started with genealogy


Video – Watch informative video about Irish genealogy and documents from professional genealogist Nicola Morris at the National Archives, Dublin, Ireland.

National Archives of Ireland – Learn about genealogy and a pointers at the National Archives of Ireland.

Read first – Getting started

  • General overview of searching for Irish family history and genealogy – If you have no background in searching for family history, or need a few pointers, start with Getting started with genealogy first.

Read second – Using Irish genealogy records

  • General overview for searching Irish church and civil records from Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ireland, official Irish website. As of March 1, 2022, more historic births, marriages and deaths were added to the collection by the General Register Office, Ireland. There is no cost to use website resources. Read more on the additional records at IrishGenealogy.ie.

Family trees, charts, National Archives


Research topics, listings


Ethnic groups, National Archives


Additional archive resources


Census, Immigration and Naturalization Records


Minnesota related resources


Irish libraries, museums, archives

Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) is a volunteer-based, non-profit initiative which builds vibrant, lasting links between the global Irish Diaspora and parishes of origin in Ireland. Learn more at Ireland Reaching Out.

Religious documents, organizations, Ireland


Historical publications, graves and more

A Primer in Irish Genealogy by Sean J. Murphy, is available for download as a PDF . Additional publications can be downloaded.

Historical Irish publications on family history

Find graves, cemeteries in Ireland

Irish family names

Irish Surnames – Learn about Irish last names from the Irish YouTube channel for
Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media


Townlands in Ireland

Townland is the smallest territorial division of civil administration in Ireland


Genealogy guides

National Archives resources


US Military Records


Find a grave, cemetery, obituaries, vital records


Tools for genealogists


Finding adoption and orphanage records


Homestead documents, land records


Newspaper archives, online genealogy search sites


Professional genealogists, resources, code of ethics


Travel to Ireland

Download travel magazine free at Ireland.com. More brochures available for free download at Tourism Ireland.

* Items with marking of ” * “indicate most valuable resources I used to uncover family documents and history. – Jannet L. Walsh

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