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...

  20 October 2014

RC to Civil Parish Links and Maps  

The Chapel mapping and civil parish link system now contains details for 720 Catholic parishes, out of 1,043 in the 1848 directory listing, with mapping details for 1,424 churches and chapels and 2,331 cross-links to civil parishes. This aim of … Continue reading

  3 September 2014

A View from Beggar’s Bush in 1744  

from ‘History of County Dublin’ (part 2) by F.E. Ball – 1903, from an engraving drawn by William Jones. (See below for map key which gives names of numbered locations) (Click on image for a full sized version) 1. Ringsend … Continue reading

  31 August 2014

RC to Civil Parish Links and Maps – Current coverage  

Details for Diocese marked in green on the map below are available : Dublin, Ossory, Ferns, Kildare & Leighlin, Dromore, Kilfenora, Raphoe, Waterford & Lismore, Down & Connor, Kilmacduagh, Meath, Achonry, Cashel & Emly, Killaloe and Killala, Kerry,  Ardagh & … 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

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