Image Browse & Search Tools

(updated June 2024)

The image browse and search tool formerly located on irelandgen.com have been transferred here to my main website – these are currently under test to confirm all are working correctly. The tools can be access at the following link : https://www.swilson.info/tools/  and include the following (full details and examples follow) :

  • Census Image Browse Tool (1901 and 1911 only)
  • Tithe Image Browse Tool and Tithe Location Database
  • GRO/IrishGenealogy BMD register Browse
  • Census Image Browse Tool (1821, 31, 41, 51)
  • Valuation Office Books Image Browse Tool
  • 1901/1911 Census Location Search

Use the Census Image browse tool to locate certain missing pages for the 1901 and 1911 census on the NAI website.  See the article for notes on how to use the tool, includes a link to John Grenham’s blog post from February 2017 for details on using this technique to try to locate unlinked images. The Valuation Office Books Image Browse Tool  and Census Image Browse Tool  (1821, 31, 41, 51) work in the same way and can navigate through these collections.


Use the GRO Image Browse Tool to locate missing or incorrectly linked Birth, Marriage or Death images on the IrishGenealogy website. See also a step-by-step example.

Note the BMD Image browse tool currently only works in FireFox browser


The Census location search tool allows a search of the 1901 and 1911 census by street or townland, without the showing large lists of occupants – making it easier to find locations by name.


e.g enter Sack*v* in the search box and click search – just 25 results are shown.


A similar search on the NAI website just for 1911 shows over 1,200 results.  Some of the placename spellings have been corrected.  The default search is by wildcard, with optional Soundex search, an Electoral District (DED) wildcard filter is available.

Additional search filters are included – street and townlands names have been categorized by street type – e.g. Lane, Street, Square etc, use the ‘Street Type’ search filter :

and also by street/townland descriptor – e.g. North, South, Upper, Lower etc  using the ‘Additional Search/Sub Type’ filter :


results can also be filtered by Electoral District (DED) :


Any combination of search fields is permitted and all fields allow wildcards (*). Results can also be filtered by census year and/or county. The default search on the primary street/townland name is by wildcard, in addition Soundex and original (i.e. uncorrected) search options of the primary name are included.

Notes on using the Tithe Location Database and Browse Tool, see also article on Misclassified locations in the online Tithe Applotment transcripts on the NAI and FamilySearch websites.

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Website Errors – May 2024

I have found that a few pages on the website have errors (12th May 2024), giving error messages, returning no results or a blank page – these issues appear to be related to a recent update (PHP). I will list the pages showing glitches and notes of the ongoing repairs below :

Directory DatabaseFixed
Watson’s 1783 Almanac – browse by street/surname/occupation-trade – Fixed
Historic Photographer DatabaseFixed
Kingstown 1913 DirectoryFixed
RC Parish databaseFixed
CofI Parish DatabaseFixed
RC Parish/Chapel map searchFixed
Basic Townland SearchFixed
Advanced Townland Search (Wildcards) – Fixed
(Old) Townland ExplorerFixed

(Note the New Townland Explorer and Placename and Land Division Search pages are working ok)

Latest update 14:22 Thu 16th May 2024

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Catholic Parishes and Chapels in Dublin city – 1818

Extract from “History of the City of Dublin from the earliest accounts to the present time” by the late J. Warburton (Deputy keeper of records in Birmingham tower)
the late Rev. J. Whitelaw M.R.I.A., vicar of St. Catherine’s
and the Rev. Robert Walsh M.R.I. – Volume 2, published London 1818
plus derived city map of the chapels

(Extract from pages 806 to 810 – chapter heading ‘Roman Catholic Schools’)

As these establishments [Schools] form a striking feature in the toleration of the present day , we shall premise a brief sketch of the divisions of the city for which these schools were established , and give a general view of the parochial distribution of the Roman Catholic population

While the penal laws were in force, the clergy of that persuasion were obliged to administer spiritual consolation to their flock rather according to their temporary convenience than any systematic plan. No places of public worship were permitted, and the clergyman moved his altar, books, and everything necessary for the celebration of his religious rites from house to house, among such of his flock as were enabled in this way to support an itinerant domestic chaplain ; while for the poorer part some waste house or stable, in a remote and retired situation, was selected, and here the service was silently and secretly performed, unobserved by the public eye. But the spirit of toleration had already gone abroad, and an incident furnished a pretext for allowing places of public worship, while yet the statutes proscribed them. The crowds of poor people who flocked to receive the consolations of their religion were too great for the crazy edifices to contain or support them, and serious accidents, attended with the loss of sundry lives, occasioned by the falling down of these places of resort, called for the interference of a humane government.

In the year 1745, Lord Chesterfield, then viceroy of Ireland, permitted these congregations to assemble in more safe and public places. The old edifices consecrated to public worship were re-opened, and new ones gradually built in the city. And a further toleration allowed their clergy unmolested to distribute their flocks into such parochial districts as might be convenient for their attendance. This distribution is as follows, designated from the street in which the chapel is situated.

Arran-Quay, comprehends St. Paul’s parish, and extends in that direction as far as the parish of Blanchardtown, including a portion of the Phoenix-Park as far as the Vice-regal lodge. On the east, it is bounded by a line along one side of Church-street, northward. Besides the parish chapel, there are in this district a friary in Church-street, and a nunnery in King street.

Mary’s-Lane, comprehends part of St. Michan’s and of St. George’s parishes: it extends from the Liffey to the Tolka rivers, and is included between Hues drawn from Old Church street to Glasnevin bridge, from thence down the right bank of the Tolka to Drumcondra bridge, and from thence through Arran-street to the Liffey. A new chapel is erected for this district in Arran-street. There is besides a nunnery on George’s-hill.

Liffey-Street, comprehends St. Mary’s, St. Thomas’s, and part of St. George’s parishes. It is bounded on the west, by the east side of Arran street, where it joins Ormond Quay, through Boot and Petticoat-lanes, Green street, Bolton-street, and Dorset-street, to Drumcondra bridge, thence down the river Tolka, by Ballybough bridge to the Liffey. It is for this extensive and populous district, the spacious metropolitical chapel is now erecting in Marlborough-street. There is also a friary in Denmark-street, a nunnery on Summer-hill, and a chapel in Hardwick-street, which belonged to a nunnery formerly in Dorset- street.

Townsend Street, comprehends St. Mark’s, St. Anne’s, St. Andrew’s, and part of St. Peter’s parish. There is a friary in Clarendon-street, and the friary of St. Patrick’s in French-street.

Rosemary-Lane, comprehends the parishes of St. Michael, St. John, St. Bride, and St. Nicholas within, including the Castle Circuit, and Christ Church. For the congregation of this district, a spacious and handsome chapel has been erected in Lower Exchange-street, on the site of the old theatre in Smock-alley, and opened for divine service in 1815.

Bridge-Street, comprehends only St. Audeon’s parish. In this district is the friary of Adam and Eve, in Cook-street.

Francis-Street, includes St. Luke’s, St. Nicholas without, the greater part of St. Peter’s parish, Harold’s Cross, and Rathmines, and extends as far as Miltown River. In this district are the nunneries of Ranelagh, Harold’s Cross, and Warren’s Mount.

Meath-Street, comprehends St. Catherine’s parish, with a rural district as far as the Canal. In this is the friary of St. John, for Augustinian friars, in Thomas-street.

James-Street, comprehends Kilmainham, Dolphin’s Barn, and extends as far as the Canal. It has a nunnery in James-street.

Extract from Dublin City Map 1818 showing approx locations of RC chapels
Approx locations for Dublin city Catholic Chapels as of 1818 (full source map available at this link)
right click and open image in new tab for a larger version


1818 Chapels with Civil Parish overlay – map and parish boundaries from Openstreetmap / townlands.ie contributors (right click and open image in new tab for a larger version)

For the Roman Catholic population of Dublin, then, there are Nine Chapels, viz.

Townsend-street.
Rosemary-lane.
Bridge-street.
Arran Quay.
Mary’s-lane.
Francis-street.
Meath-street.
James street.
Liffey street
Hardwick-street (* to be confirmed – sw).

Six Friaries, viz.

Church-street (Capuchins).
French-street (calced Carmelites).
Denmark-street (Dominicans).
Cook-street (Franciscans).
Clarendon-street (discalced Carmelites).
Mass-lane (Augustinians)

Seven Nunneries, viz.

Harold’s Cross 16 Nuns
James-street 8
Warren’s Mount 14
George’s Hill 11
Summer Hill 6
Ranelagh 18
King-street 6

In these officiate 70 secular clergymen belonging to the parochial establishments, and 40 regulars belonging to the different friaries

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Missing Streets and Townlands 1901 census

Following on from a recent search for the 1901 census returns for Baldoyle county Dublin on the National Archives of Ireland website, and eventually tracing these on microfilms on the FamilySearch website. The films include not only Baldoyle town but also the four townlands in the civil parish of Baldoyle also missing from the NAI transcripts. See : 1901 Census of Ireland -missing Baldoyle

Further checks revealed the other townlands and streets included in this film also appear to be missing – further cross-checks are underway, but so far none of these can be located on the NAI site using a placename search, placename/ED browse, or by searching sample names and ages from the household forms. The Electoral Districts are Drumcondra, Drumcondra Rural, and Coolock, civil parishes Santry, Drumcondra, Glasnevin, St. George’s and Baldoyle.

A total of 51 locations (streets & townlands) are included – each has a set of enumerator forms (abstract and building) followed by the associated household forms. The film includes 1,014 images with a number of reference slides – the list below includes that starting image for each street or townland, this is the enumerator abstract form, the building return(s) and household forms follow this. The film viewer is at this link with the relevant census film selected (FamilySearch Account required)

Image no./Street or Townland / Electoral District

6 Lismore Terrace, Drumcondra
20 Lismore Villas (1-4), Drumcondra
28 Drumcondra Road, Drumcondra
30 Mabel N.[?], Drumcondra
45 Robert St.[?], Drumcondra
61 Robert Avenue, Drumcondra
76 Russell Avenue, Drumcondra
103 St. Alphonsus Avenue, Drumcondra
117 St. Alphonsus Convent, St. Alphonsus Rd., Drumcondra
123 St. Alphonsus Rd., Drumcondra
174 St. Anne’s Road, Drumcondra
196 St. Bridget’s Road Lower, Drumcondra
223 St. Bridget’s Road Upper, Drumcondra
253 St. Clements Road, Drumcondra
274 St. Columbas Road Lower, Drumcondra
290 St. Columbas Road Upper, Drumcondra
311 St. George’s Avenue, Drumcondra
322 St. George’s Burial Ground, Drumcondra
326 St. Joseph’s Avenue, Drumcondra
345 St. Patrick’s Road, Drumcondra
414 Tolka Cottages, Drumcondra
469 Whitworth Road, Drumcondra
483 Whitworth Place, Drumcondra
503 Whitworth Road[?], Drumcondra
557 Whitworth Terrace, Drumcondra
567 Baldoyle, Coolock
573 Grange
597 Maynetown
611 Stapolin
631 Baldoyle (town)
796 Clonmel, Drumcondra Rural
803 Hampstead North / Hampstead Hill, Drumcondra Rural
809 Hampstead South, Drumcondra Rural
825 Wad, Drumcondra Rural
834 Walnut Grove, Drumcondra Rural
837 Balbutcher, Drumcondra Rural (Santry Parish)
842 Balcurris, Drumcondra Rural
846 Ballymun, Drumcondra Rural
857 Ballystruan, Drumcondra Rural part of
864 Collinstown, Drumcondra Rural part of
875 Commons, Drumcondra Rural part of (Santry parish, Coolock barony)
881 Coultry, Drumcondra Rural part of
889 Dardistown, Drumcondra Rural part of
896 Huntstown, Drumcondra Rural part of
902 Rock, Drumcondra Rural part of
908 Santry, Drumcondra Rural part of
959 Santry Demesne, Drumcondra Rural part of
974 Sillogue, Drumcondra Rural part of
979 Stormanstown, Drumcondra Rural part of
994 Turnapin Great, Drumcondra Rural part of
1006 Turnapin Little, Drumcondra Rural part of6 Lismore Terrace, Drumcondra

Note – this is just one film, there are other streets and townlands missing, some of which were not filmed so not available for digitization. This particular example shows that in at least one case the relevant forms were filmed but not transcribed – or mis-indexed or not uploaded correctly to a database ?

The reference 832599 is noted at the start of this film, and date of 17th June 1970.

Sample ‘missing’ townland – Turnapin Little townland Santry (civil) parish

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1901 Census of Ireland – missing Baldoyle

A number of locations are missing from the 1901 Census of Ireland on The National Archives of Ireland website – for a variety of reasons. Some seem to have missed filming so were not available for digitation, some were damaged or lost, also a few sections filmed but not transcribed and indexed. Baldoyle town and civil parish County Dublin falls into a slightly different category…

Baldoyle civil parish contains four townlands; Baldoyle, Grange, Maynetown and Stapolin, with the town located in the townland of the same name. All of these are missing for 1901 on the National Archives of Ireland website.


On the 1911 returns these 5 locations are listed under part of Coolock electoral district, and cross checking an earlier source, Handran’s “Townlands in Poor Law Unions” 1885, confirms that these were in the same electoral district at that time – so likely Coolock in 1901. There’s no sign of any of these locations in either the street/townland browse or the search function for 1901 on the National Archives of Ireland website.

Luckily there’s another source for the 1901 census online, the FamilySearch website which has both transcripts and images. To access the transcripts collection select search / records from the menu and pick Ireland from the map – a list of collections is displayed including the 1901 census.

This collection shows a transcripts of the household returns and for images links to the National Archives of Ireland website. The only mention found of Baldoyle in these records is as place of birth.

The second relevant collection is the ‘images’ or microfilms, to access this option select search / images on the menu.

Entering Baldoyle as search term shows several options, selecting the first option (Baldoyle… Catholic Parish) and then clicking the search option shows Baldoyle 1901 census as a result and the link leads to the standard FamilySearch film viewer.

The film includes just over 1,000 images with enumerator and household forms. The film starts with Lismore Terrace, St. George’s Civil Parish, Drumcondra electoral district, see the enumerator abstract at image 6, house and building returns image 7, followed by the first of the household returns at image 8. The household forms follow in the same sequence as the enumerator building return(s), so this can be used as a search.

Baldoyle town starts at image 631 (direct link – FamilySearch account required )

Baldoyle townland at image 567

Maynestown townland at image 597

Stapolin townland at image 611

Direct link to the start of the film


Update 29th March 2023 – further checks have shown that many other streets/townlands on this film are also missing from the NAI Census website, currently reviewing these … 51 streets and townlands found to be missing, see : Missing Streets and Townlands 1901 census

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