Irish Prison records are a key source for tracing family history because they record such a huge volume of prisoners, their relatives and in many cases their victims. This dataset is compiled from the collection housed in the National Archives of Ireland and covers most surviving records for prisons in the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland. In total there are 2.7 million records, with information on over 3.5 million people. Please note that the database can only be used within the State Library building. To access, simply type Findmypast into our online catalogue or click on the logo above.
The great news for those with Irish ancestors is that we now have a new database at the State Library – Findmypast Ireland.
It includes indexes to wills, a large collection of directories, cemetery transcriptions, land records and much more. Used together with the Irish Newspaper Archives, family historians now have access to more online resources for Ireland than ever before. Please note that the database can only be used within the State Library building. To access, simply type Findmypast into our online catalogue or click on the logo above.
The National Archives of Ireland has begun the roll-out of the 1901 and 1911 census data with the release of the 1911 Census of Dublin. Accessible via their website: http://www.nationalarchives.ie/ records are indexed and can be searched by name, street, age, district electoral divisions, etc. Access is free and the original record may be viewed. This is a fantastic resource which is just the start in opening up Irish records for family historians.