Explore records from the Great Irish Famine
Discover your ancestors who lived through The Great Irish Famine (1845-52), the greatest single tragedy in Ireland's history
Discover details of the poorest families in rural Ireland before, during and after the Famine
Millions of people left Ireland during the Famine. Find them in our travel records
Explore millions of contemporary newspaper reports from all over Ireland at the time
Did the Famine create a crime wave? Explore millions of records and find out
The Great Irish Famine 1845-1852
Few aspects of life in Ireland were spared the effects of the Great Irish Famine. The devastating wave of poverty, hunger, disease, death and displacement that came in the wake of the failure of the potato crops completely changed Irish society forever.
Use the records on Findmypast to highlight stories from this most harshest of periods in Irish history and to find your family who lived through it.
Examine newspapers and crime records to rebuild a picture of events in Ireland at the time. In land records you'll see the seeds of change in landlord/tenant relationships brought to the fore by the Famine. In our emigration and census records, follow the Irish diaspora as they escape the hardship in Ireland and move around the globe, a lasting legacy of an Gorta Mór (The Great Hunger).