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National Archives of Ireland


Bishop Street
Dublin 8


00 353 1407 2300


00 353 1407 2333




The National Archives of Ireland holds many of the records which are relevant to Irish genealogy and local history. However, almost all pre-1922 records were destroyed by the 1922 shelling of the Public Record Office located in the Four Courts building in Dublin, marking the beginning of the civil war. The National Archives of Ireland contains the surviving records previously held by the Public Record Office at the Four Courts, Dublin and by the State Paper Office in Dublin. A summary and samples of the material held at the National Archives is available on CD called Counties in Time, produced by the National Archives and Eneclann. The website has a separate section for genealogical research which has details of available sources, lists of county-based genealogy centres and useful publications. Visiting members of the public can take advantage of the Genealogy Service which offers a free, short personal consultation service by professional genealogists.

The holdings include:

Griffith's Valuation
Tithe Applotment Books
Census returns for 1901 and 1911 (both sets available at and other census remnants
Transportation records to Australia 1788-1868
School records
Will calendars
Wills and letters of administration
State and government department records
Copies and transcripts of some Church of Ireland registers

The National Archives Genealogy Website provides free to access to a number of key records through searchable databases and linked images. The collection includes the following datasets:
Census of Ireland, 1901-1911
Tithe Applotment Books, 1823-1837
Soldiers’ Wills, 1914-1917 9 (wills of Irish enlisted and non-commissioned soldiers from the thirty-two counties of Ireland who died in the First World War while serving in the British Army)