Irish Family History: Ashes to Archives What was lost? What survived?

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In 1919 Herbert Wood, Deputy Keeper of the Public Record Office of Ireland, published a 300 page catalogue of the record office's holdings. A guide to the records deposited in the Public record office of Ireland lists, in detail, hundreds of collections, containing thousands of records. Records belonging to the Judiciary, the Clerk of the Crown, Commissions, Jurisdictions and Land offices to name a few. Census records, so dear to the heart of family historians, are listed under Miscellaneous. There were records of railways, army wives, publicans, debtors and insolvents, all of which have been lost.

But what survived? Most of what survived the fire were detailed catalogues, indexes and calendars (indexes including synopsis of the originals). We have a range of these sources available on findmypast. These form the core resources for Irish family historians looking to bring their family story back to the early 1800s. Other records which have proven invaluable to family historians came from other libraries and depositories. More information can be found in our full list of Irish records.

Decade Coverage Sources on findmypast
1830sTithe Defaulters
1830sReports From Committees, Fictitious Votes
1840s onwardsPetty Sessions
1850sLanded Estate Court Rentals
1850s & 1860sGriffiths Valuation
1870s & 1880sDirectories
1821 CensusRegisters for Cavan, Galway, Fermanagh, Meath, Offaly
1831 CensusRegisters for Derry
1841 CensusRegister for Killeshandra, Cavan & Old Age Pension Search forms
1851 Census Registers for Antrim & Old Age Pension Search forms

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Coming Soon - Retrieved from the Ashes

At findmypast we are working hard to bring as many of the records that survived the destruction of the Four Courts to our members. This is a small taster of the records that will be available soon.

What Was LostWhat Survived - COMING SOON to findmypast
Pre 1858 WillsIndexes
Pre 1858 Administration BondsIndexes
Pre 1858 Marriage Licence Bonds Indexes