Find your ancestors in Thrift Genealogical Abstracts

Explore genealogical abstracts created by renowned Irish genealogist Gertrude Thrift. Search copies of wills, bill books, parish registers, commission books, and freeman lists, as well as detailed family trees and pedigree charts. Records in this collection date as far back as the 16th century and up to the early 20th century.

Each result will provide you with a transcript and an image of the original record. The details found in each transcript will vary depending on the context of the original record. You may find a combination of the following facts about your ancestor:

  • Name
  • Year
  • Date
  • Spouse’s name
  • Spouse’s address
  • County
  • Country
  • Married – yes or no
  • Dead – yes or no
  • Collection
  • Series description
  • File
  • Source – the name of the source consulted by Thrift to create this record
  • Archive


It is highly recommended that you view the original image. Each image allows you to view the previous and next images; this will help you to discover more about that particular record. The images may provide additional facts depending on the record that was transcribed. For example, pedigree charts will also note an individual’s birth year, death year, title, and occupation, as well as give you the names of the individual’s parents, siblings, children, and spouse. Other records such as army lists may provide you with your ancestor’s rank and where he was stationed.

Discover more about these records

The Thrift genealogical abstracts were created by renowned genealogist Gertrude Thrift. Thrift also worked with W P W Phillimore to create the Indexes to Irish wills 1536-1858.Findmypast’s exclusive access to Thrift’s abstracts provides a vast amount of genealogical material, dating back to the 1500s, for any Irish family historian. Thrift transcribed and created detailed notes from military commission books, parish registers, exchequer bill books, prerogative grants, chancery bill books, freeman rolls, wills, and more. Many of the wills copied within this collection were lost during the fire at the Public Record Office of Ireland in Dublin in 1922.

Gertrude Thrift also constructed comprehensive family trees for names such as Gennys, Read, Jagoe, Seymour, Rainsford, and Guinness. In the records, you will find twelve pages of the Guinness family tree, beginning with Richard and Elizabeth Guinness, the parents of the famous brewer Arthur Guinness. The tree traces multiple lines and each name includes an annotation of the person’s birth and death dates, occupation, accomplishments, and marital status. This particular tree dates from 1690 to 1922.