James G. Ryan


Smaller Irish Archives: The Franciscan Library, Dublin

I recently visited the Franciscan Library in Killiney, Co. Dublin.  This excellent and well-maintained resource contains much of the archive and book collection of the Franciscan Order in Ireland.   They have been in this location since 1946. A modern library and manuscript room was built in 1955-56 and the library holdings were enriched with rare books from friaries of the […]


The ‘Irish Genealogist’ Database

Among the useful resources available through the Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) is the database of The Irish Genealogist. This journal has been published by IGRS since 1937 and is a major source of genealogical information. The hundreds of articles contributed by members and other scholars include family histories, listings of persons from obscure and interesting sources, descriptions of people’s lives, […]


Dublin Merchant Guild Rolls 1

Within the last decade or less, more and more Irish local authorities have been putting its local records on-line. The nature of these records have been hugely variable both in their scale and nature, and we have reported on some of the more significant treasures among these. An interesting example of such an on-line treasure has just been published on-line […]


Going Off-Screen: Smaller Sources of Irish Interest 2

All of us tend to put high priority on searching the big datasets in our research. This makes sense. The more names in a source, the greater the chances that our ancestor will be included. In Irish research, we are lucky that almost all of the big datasets are now available free and on-line. The recent launch of the on-line […]


Irish Birth, Marriage & Death Records now Available On-line

On September 8th I attended the launch of the historical birth, marriage and death (BMD) records on the government website IrishGenealogy. They were officially launched by Arts and Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys in the National Library of Ireland in Dublin. It is a highly significant source for searchers of Irish ancestry. Birth, death and marriage are maintained by the Irish General […]


EPIC Ireland and the Irish Family History Centre open for visitors 1

Family history enthusiasts visiting Ireland will be interested in a new venue of direct relevance to our hobby. EPIC Ireland is a new exhibition centre and museum in Dublin which tells the story of Irish emigration and of the fortunes of our emigrants in all parts of the world. Through 20 state-of-the-art galleries, visitors can learn how the Irish have […]