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Genealogy: Parish Registers & Research Guide

Baptismal and marriage registers are held in individual parishes and not in a central repository. For conservation and data protection reasons, direct access to the registers is reserved to parish personnel. While parish staff make every effort to facilitate researchers, they are unable to prioritise queries. Access extends to entries up to and including 1910.

Catholic parish registers from the National Library of Ireland: free access to digitized microfilms of parish registers, baptisms and marriages pre 1880. No indexes available.

Irish Family History Foundation or Rootsireland.ie provides a gateway to Irish ancestry, roots, genealogy and family history from anywhere in Ireland with access to church records pre 1900, together with indexes of baptisms and marriages.

Limerick Genealogy the Irish Family History Foundation's designated centre for Limerick city and county, provides a professional genealogical service to researchers. Church records to which Limerick Genealogy has access include: Catholic parish records, the earliest of which date from 1745; Church of Ireland records dating from 1692; Presbyterian records from 1828 and Methodist records from 1824.










Genealogy: research guide

Where to begin?

Family Research 2016, a website and workbook created by the National Archives of Ireland to help you find your ancestors online.

Census, civil registration, property valuation and other sources

Census of Ireland 1901 and 1911.

Available at Irish Genealogy, Indexes to Civil Records of Irish births (1864-1919), deaths (1864-1969) and marriages (non-Catholic marriages, 1845-1944; Catholic marriages, 1864-1944). A helpful guide to Irish civil registration districts for anyone using these indexes is available at Irish Genealogy Toolkit. Official certificates of births, marriages and deaths are available at Groireland.ie.

Griffith’s Valuation is the primary valuation of Ireland, provides information on where people lived in the nineteenth century.

Tithe applotment books 1823-37 compiled to determine the amount which occupiers of agricultural holdings over one acre should pay to the Church of Ireland.

Calendars and administration of wills, 1858-1920 and Soldiers wills 1914-17.

Looking in Limerick

County Limerick Genealogy: Limerick maps and townlands.

Limerick City Library: Local Studies is an extensive online collection of Limerick-related materials.

Limerick City and County Museum

Mount St Lawrence Cemetery Project: the cemetery was the primary place of burial in Limerick for all strata of society and records date from March 1855. Mount St Lawrence burial registers are available at Limerick Archives.

Limerick's Life: Limerick local history site, including a helpful introduction to a variety of sources for the study of family history including How to trace your Limerick family history.

Looking in Ireland; Irish archives

Irish Archives Resource contains information about archival collections open for public research in Ireland. Its purpose is to aid researchers in finding collections relevant to their studies.

The Irish Archives: an internet based family history research tool with links to a cross section of sources.

Other helpful sources

Duchas.ie is a project to digitize the National Folklore Collection of Ireland. Material from the schools collection, including County Limerick available.

Historic Graves: a community based heritage project which digitally records and publishes historic graveyard surveys and stories.

Ordnance Survey of Ireland: interactive site which allows users to explore historic and contemporary maps

Placenames database of Ireland