Bishop Street, Dublin 8
These archives contain historic State records, such as census returns, wills and related documents, departmental records (with lots of information for example about schools from the Department of Education), court records, and prison records.
Werburgh Street, Dublin 2, D08 E277
This archive is often called GRO. The General Register Office (Oifig An Ard-Chláraitheora) is the central civil repository for records relating to births, stillbirths, deaths, marriages, civil partnerships and adoptions in Ireland. Before going there we would recommend you inspect the online index first. A lot of documents are available for download free of charge. If they are not, or you cannot find the record you are looking for, you will have to go to the archive. Note: for Northern Irish records, go to Groni; they hold transcripts of their records from 1922 and from 1845/1864 for areas now in Northern Ireland. This website works on a pay per view basis, so you will have to purchase credits.
Indexes in relation to the following records of life events are available for inspection at the research facility:
Kildare Street, Dublin 2
The National Library of Ireland keeps the Roman Catholic Parish Records. Civil registration only started in 1864, some parish records date back to 1740, and the archive contains records up to 1880. It should however be noted that a lot of parish records have not survived, are lost or never existed in the first place (a lot of people were simple not recorded).
Other resources that are held by the Library are:
There is an online catalogue available for most of these collections.
Irish Life Centre, Abbey Street Lower, Dublin 1
The Valuation Office has a manuscript archive containing rateable valuation information of all property in the state from mid 1850s until the early 1990s; and commercial property only from that time. This archive shows the changes after the revision of properties and is recognised as a census substitute for the period from the 1850s to 1901 (the earliest complete census record for Ireland). The Valuation Office also keeps copies of the Griffith’s Valuation maps and the later Union Maps.
Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, D01 EK82
The Registry of Deeds records date from 1708 and are held in a combination of manual, micro-film and electronic formats. All records from January 1970 onwards are held electronically. In earlier days it was not compulsory to register and would only be done by those who had property to register. If you are lucky and your family is in the register of deeds, they often contain a lot of genealogical information, as they contain a lot of names, property information, marriage settlements, etc.
The Registry holds the following archives: