Category Archives: Ireland

Researching Irish family history

I’ve been trying to find out a little more about my ancestors and their time in Ireland. It seems as though my branch of the Mansel family had land in both Ireland and Wales.

Both Sir Richard Mansel 8th Baronet and Sir William Mansel 9th Baronet kept a property at Woodstone in Cork, Ireland which it seems Sir William Mansel 10th Baronet left for after he sold Iscoed in around 1812.

I have been thinking that his son Thomas Mansel may have spent some time in Ireland when he left active service in the Royal Navy. Although he was not listed as a witness to his daughter’s marriage in 1850 at the Collegiate Church of St Nicholas in Galway he may have been resident at the time. Her address was given as Stoneligh Cottage, Shantalla which was in Galway far away from Cork. I would love to use Irish records and see if Thomas Mansel or his daughter Selina Mansel were living in Ireland in the 1840s.

I’ve been unable to find out anything about Woodstone in County Cork, Ireland so this is something I will keep researching. I did come across  a great website called landed estates which lists the landed estates and historic houses in the provinces of Connacht, Munster and part of Ulster, c. 1700-1914 but unfortunately it does not cover Cork.

Findmypast also has  records relating to Landed Estates Court Rentals 1850-1885 in Ireland. I’m thinking I might have to take out a subscription to search these records at some point. I’m just not sure where else to look.

New Diocese of Dublin records released

Records for the Diocese of Dublin dominate releases the latest press release from findmypast.

Ireland, Diocese of Dublin Marriage Licenses, 1638-1858 

Over 98,000 records have been added to this existing collection, perfect if you have ancestors who may have lived in the Diocese of Dublin. You’ll typically find the date of registration, both spouses’ names, and sometimes occupations and residences.

Ireland, Diocese of Dublin Wills & Grants, 1270-1858 

This existing collection has been bolstered by an additional 34,450 records. These records are from index books that were published in the 1890s, covering wills, grants of probate, or administrations recorded by the Anglican Diocese of Dublin between 1270 and 1858.

Celebrate your Irish heritage this Friday

Family history website, Findmypast, has released thousands of new Irish genealogy records to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. With Findmypast, and their large collection of Irish records, you had a better chance of tracing those often-elusive Irish ancestors.  

Findmypast have added the brand-new collection Ireland, Inland Revenue Wills & Administrations 1828-1879. With transcripts and images, these 261,256 records are a rare survival of priceless information about early Irish wills. The original documents were mostly destroyed in 1922. Typically, you’ll find details such as the name and address of the deceased, the name and address of the executor or administrator, the value of the estate and the date of death.  

 The existing Ireland Calendars of Wills & Administration 1858-1965 collection has been updated with a further 591,011 transcriptions. Though the detail varies from will to will, you’ll normally find the name of the deceased and their death date, the names of any beneficiaries and the county. 

 Other unmissable Irish genealogy records include: 

·         The ffolliott collection (exclusive to Findmypast) 

·         Irish workhouse records 

·         The Irish Quaker collection (exclusive to Findmypast) 

·         Ireland Roman Catholic collection 

·         Irish newspapers 


Plus, Findmypast has several handy guides to kickstart and inspire Irish family history research: 

·         An expert’s guide to researching Irish surnames 

·         Discover the remarkably rich history behind Irish diaspora 

·         Why is Irish genealogy so tricky? 

·         Did your ancestors experience the Great Irish Famine? 

·         Everything you need to know about Irish census records 

·         Were your ancestors caught up in the Irish War of Independence? 

5 days of free access to ALL Irish records

Excellent news for all of us researching our Irish ancestors. Leading family history website, Findmypast, has just announced that they will be making their entire collection of Irish records free for five days to help budding genealogists uncover their Irish heritage ahead of St Patrick’s Day 2017.

From today, Monday 13th March, until 11.59pm (GMT) Friday 17th March, ALL 116 million records within Findmypast’s Irish collection will be completely free to search and explore, providing family historians from around the globe with the opportunity to learn more about the lives of their Irish ancestors.
This includes free access to;
·         Over 10 million Irish Catholic Parish Registers
·         Over 15 million Census, Land & Substitute records including the 1901 and 1911 censuses
·         Over 30 million detailed Court & Prison Records
·         Over 33 million Irish newspaper articles spanning the years 1708 to 1956
·         Over 7.3 million Dog Licences
·         Over 24 million Irish Passenger Lists
·         Over 2.4 million workhouse & poor law records
·         Over1.4 million Irish Quaker records
·         Over 350,000 records from World War 1, the Easter Rising & more
·         Landed Estates Court records featuring details of over 500,000 tenants residing on estates all over Ireland
·         The complete Griffith’s Valuation
·         Over 2.3 million Social History & Directory Records, including the most comprehensive online collection of national directories, dating back to 1814
·         Indexes to Irish wills dating from 1270 – 1858

I’m really hoping to have some time to go through over the new few days as I have lots of holes in my Irish ancestry and this could really help.

Free access to Irish records {15-18 Sept}

Leading Family History website Findmypast, today announced that they will be granting four days of free access to their entire collection of more than 114 million Irish records, the largest available anywhere online. From Thursday 15th September to Sunday 18th September, all Irish birth, marriage, death, census, social history, immigration and military records available on Findmypast will be completely free to explore.

This is to celebrate the landmark publication of more than 3 million historic Irish records released in association with the National Archives of Ireland and Family Search International which I mentioned yesterday. The release consists of a wide range of documents including original wills, lists of Catholics who swore loyalty to the crown or converted to Protestantism, land valuation records and merchant navy crew lists. The records date back to pre-famine Ireland and will be completely free to search forever.

Spanning over 220 years of Irish history from 1701 to 1922, the release is comprised of four highly valuable National Archives of Ireland collections including:

Original Will Registers 1858-1920
Qualification and Convert Rolls 1701 – 1845
Valuation Office books 1824-1856
Merchant Navy Crew lists 1857-1922

This is the first time these important National Archives of Ireland collections have been fully indexed with digitized images of the original papers linked online. All four collections are fully searchable.

Ireland’s historic BMD registers go online {for free!}

Excellent news for those of us with Irish ancestry as this week historic birth, marriage, and death registers for Ireland were made available online at

Not all Registers are currently available. The General Register Office are updating records of Marriages dating back to 1845 and Deaths dating back to 1864 – these will be added later.

Universal civil registration began in 1864, but non-Catholic marriages were only recorded from 1845 onwards. The registers that are online cover the whole of Ireland for the period up to 1921, but exclude the six counties of Northern Ireland after that date. According to Claire Santry’s Irish Genealogy News there are a total of 12.5 million entries online.

You can currently search the following:
BIRTHS: 1864 to 1915
MARRIAGES: 1882 to 1940
DEATHS: 1891 to 1965