Included on this website are 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 list of the surnames I am researching, a guide to the important, and unique, system of land divisions of Ireland (townlands etc), and a brief introduction and guide to Irish records. 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. All free to access....

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

Also see the 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 my Dublin Directories lookup thread on the Genealogy Section of, 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...

  31 August 2014

RC <> Civil Parish Links and Maps  

Current Status Diocese in Green and available : Dublin, Ossory, Ferns, Kildare & Leighlin Diocese in Yellow are in progress : Dromore, Kilfenora, Raphoe, Waterford & Lismore, Down & Connor, Kilmacduagh. Counties covered by each Diocese : Dublin : Dublin, … Continue reading

  29 August 2014

Notes on RC Parish Links – Part 1  

Notes on the research for linking up the 1848 Catholic Directory and parishes, Lewis’ Topographical Directory of 1837 with townland data 1851 and the first edition OSI Maps c1837. See Catholic Parish, Civil Parish and Townland Links Diocese Links : … Continue reading

  26 June 2014

Catholic Parishes – 1848  

Search for Catholic Parishes and their diocese and post-towns. The transcripts link to the directory images which also show the name of the Parish Priest and any curates assigned to the parish in 1848, along with the names of Bishops … Continue reading


New Placename Search  

Added a new Placename Search, which allow a search for a placename when a source doesn’t specify what type of location is included – e.g. an military attestation that could include the name of a town, townland, or civil parish … Continue reading

  28 May 2014

Dublin City Streets & Parishes – 1830  

Updated the page on 1830 Dublin City streets and civil parishes to allow a search of streets by text, in addition to the existing browse by parish option. see : Dublin City Streets & Parishes – 1830

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