Guides for Researchers

Guides for Researchers:

A full census of the entire population of Ireland was carried out in 1841, as in England, and subsequently at ten-year intervals. Although the statistical information from each census is available, a few individual household returns for the entire country are available for any years than 1901 and1911. The individual household returns for the censuses of 1861 to 1891 were deliberately destroyed by government order (either to protect confidentiality or to make paper during the shortage of the First World War) Almost all of the returns for 1821 to 1851 were burned in the fire which destroyed the Public Records Office in 1922. Some remnants remain. The returns of 1901 and 1911 are a very valuable source of information, providing name, age, and relationship to the head of the household of each resident person. Also recorded is the county of birth of each member of the household.

This is particularly useful in attempting to trace those who migrated within the country. The 1911 returns also note, for each couple, the number of children born and the number then living.

The National Archives, Bishop Street, Dublin 6. It is hoped that 1911 Census Returns for Co. Dublin will be on line during the coming winter months. Next year (2008) all 1901 and 1911 returns will come on line.



The National Archives, (formerly the Public Record Office)

Ruskin Avenue. Kew. Richmond. Surry TW9 4DUU

Admiralty Records on line at The National Archives, Kew.


Fingal County Council In Dublin have placed on site a free downloadable Newspaper site.
By using "Print" button on site page you may download single pages on any item.

The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985

Fingal County Libraries

The Times Digital Archive is an online historical archive, delivering every page as published from 200 years of The Times (London). The Times is the "world's newspaper of record" and covers all major international historical events.

To Login in and access this databases just click the link above and enter the password: tryinfomarks


The Admiralty and Navy Board records at Kew are as detailed and extensive as those for the Army. They relate to Commissioned Officers, Warrant Officers, Ratings and Coastguards, covering all aspects of their service. Various documents giving names, places of birth, ages, and family details are available, such as Continuous Service Engagement Books for the years 1853-1872. Ships Pay Books, Bounty Papers and Records of Officers Services. Here again the staff will be able to advise you of the reference numbers and where to look if you are able to give them some information such as dates, or names of ships.

It is possible to gather from the various records a resume of the service of a coastguard ancestor. Service records can tell one of his occupation prior to joining the Navy, his height, complexion, any distinguishing marks. Medals awarded, bad conduct, transfers from ship to ship and station to station. Marriage date, Pension date.


If you follow the attached link it will take you to the online seaman's records in the National Archives - if they are of interest then they can be downloaded for a fee of £3.50 each.

Family History: Registers of Seamen's Services

Information sent to site. Thank you Martin

The HMS Impregnable was a training ship for the Royal Navy, and any sailor from the late 1880's to past the turn of the century would have trained on it or one of it's sister training vessels. A very good article written by Archibald Hurd in 1896 describes the training all of these lads went through. A link to this article can be found on the web site.


I think that if you had a link to this article, many of the visitors to your site would find it an interesting read. Larry Cavanagh.




With the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922 the Royal Navy Coastguard Service came to an end. All Royal Navy records, etc. were taken back by the Admiralty to London.

Address Coastguard Museum Mr. TONY ELLIS,
Humber Coastguard, The Coastguard Museum.
Limekiln Lane, Bridlington
East Riding of Yorkshire YO 152LX




Closed for the Winter

The official collection of coastguard memorabilia and rescue equipment.


My ancestor was not Catholic, where would I find parish records for him / her?
Church of Ireland : Unfortunately many original church records were destroyed in the 1922 Public Record Office fire. Some original registers are held in the National Archives of Ireland, others are in the Representative Church Body Library while some are retained in the parish. The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland also holds many original and copy registers.

Presbyterian: Enquiries regarding Presbyterian records can be addressed to the Presbyterian Historical Society.

Methodist: Prior to the 1810’s, records of Methodist births, marriages and deaths are found in Church of Ireland registers. For details of surviving registers after that date, contact the Methodist church in the area closest to your area of research. For addresses of Methodist churches in Ireland, please consult the Methodist Church in Ireland website.

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland holds a county-by-county listing of surviving registers and their locations for the Ulster Counties.

Quaker: For Quaker records, contact the Historical Library of the Religious Society of Friends.

Jewish: For information on Jewish records, contact the Irish Jewish Museum, 3-4 Walworth Street (off Victoria St.), South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Tel/Fax: +353 1 490 1857

See Also:

  1. Irish Coastguard Records in the early 19th Century & Public Record Office, Kew
  2. ADM Project
  3. R.N. C.G. Research Aid

3 Comments · 39305 Reads · Print  -> Posted by Tony on June 18 2007


#1 | Tony on 26/08/2007 20:12:12

If you know of any relevant resources, whether online, books, institutions or other, please post a comment here citing as much detail as possible.
#2 | Tony on 30/09/2007 14:01:39
Lack of Sources;

A full census of Ireland was commenced in 1841 and subsequently at ten-year intervals.For various reasons many were destroyed by the Government during the 19th.Century, confidentiality etc. or to make paper during the shortage of the First World War in 1914-1918.

Most of the Will documents, Census returns, Church of Ireland Baptism, Marriage and Burial registers were destroyed in the Public Records Office in Dublin in 1922 by an explosion during the Irish Civil War.

The entire 1901 and 1911 are open to the public at National Archives, Bishop Street, Dublin.

After 1921 all British Naval Coastguard records were sent to England. You can find at:
Public Record Office, Kew, Richmond, Surrey. TW9 4DU.
a six page leaflet of “Records of HM Coastguard, Leaflet no.8”.
#3 | Philip on 10/10/2008 18:35:00
These excellent sites for Research into Coastguards and their families have been recommended by Martin [crimea1854].




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