A collection of digitized maps of Dublin and Ireland, viewable in Google map format, a revised and improved townland database, scans and extracts from a number of directories, a database of Catholic parishes as they were during the mid 1830s, Catholic and civil parish links for over 1,000 parishes, and map coordinates to over to 2,000 churches and chapels. All free to access....

The revised menu system, is located to the left, and the various sub-sections indicated with the grey background e.g. 'Historic Maps','Irish Records' etc. Click on these to expand each section and show the links to the pages available in each category.

For the latest news of Irish Genealogy and general history see :

Irish Genealogy News Claire Santry
John Grenham's Irish Roots Blog (johngrenham.com)
Townland of Origin / Joe Buggy (Irish Genealogical Research in North America)


Also see the wordpress article list to the right of this screen and the links page.



I can do lookups of various Dublin directories, mainly Thoms from 1848 onward. Post your lookup request either as a reply to the Dublin Directories lookup thread on the Genealogy Section of Boards.ie, or post a new thread on that board with Dublin Directory lookup in the subject, or post a brief message to twitter @shanew147
See also the new Directory Database






Latest articles and updates...

  24 February 2016

Show list of all towns in Registration District (or P.L.U.)  

The new townland explorer may be used to show a list of all the town within any Superintendents Registrar’s District, more usually referred to as Registration Districts. Civil records are indexed by Registration districts and these appear in the original National GRO … Continue reading

  14 December 2015

Milners’ Safes Advert – 1917  

from Thom’s 1917, advertisement for Milners’ Safes with testimonials from Hamilton Long, Apothecary & Chemists, J. Gaynor & Son Merchants and mention of a safe retrieved with contents intact from the ruins of the G.P.O. (see transcript below) Milners’ Safes … Continue reading

  5 December 2015

Historic Maps of Ireland available Online  

    Ordnance Survey Maps Detailed modern and Historic map of Ireland – 6″ Historic and 6″ Historic B&W date from c1837 to abt. 1847, and the Historic 25″ date from the late 1890s to early 1900s, from Ordnance Survey … Continue reading

  17 August 2015

Portlaw – Cotton Factory.  

I had read about the cotton factory at Portlaw, but the size of this operation only properly registered this morning – see image of Portlaw in the tweet from the National Library below… David Malcolmson had been involved in milling … Continue reading

  3 August 2015

Alterations to County borders in Ireland – 1898  

Summary of changes to county borders as a result of the Local Government (Ireland) Act of 1898. Links to the transferred Electoral Districts (DEDs) on the 1901 census showing the transferred areas included, and in addition links to townlands transferred as parts of … Continue reading


For a full list of articles see here
For family history queries see the Genealogy forum on Boards.ie