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Tracing those roots

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Lucan Baptisms & Marriages
Lucan records from the late 1700s up to the early 1900's are now held on microfilm in the National Library, Kildare Street.

Anybody at all can go in, and request the microfilm for the particular parish. You then go to the 'Microfilm Film Room', attach your reel of film to a gadget, and manually move the records along a screen, where you will see scans of the original entries. There is no charge.

The Reference Numbers are as follows:
P9310 – Lucan Parish
P6612 – Clondalkin Parish which contains many Lucan entries - Lucan being part of Clondalkin Parish up to 1953.
P9490 – Westland Row - for some unknown reason, an inserted booklet of about 10 pages of entries for ‘Parish of Lucan’ from 1790 – 1793, is included in these records.

There is also a free Genealogy Advisory Service in the National Library, with very helpful staff.

Opening Hours: Mon – Wed 9.30am – 9.00pm; Thurs-Fri 9.30am-5pm; Sat 9.30am-1pm.
Tel: 016030200.

Irish Genealogy - Free Church Records
The site is a National Library facility, and currently includes parishes (incomplete) in Dublin, Carlow, Kerry and the Diocese of Cork and Ross.

Births, Marriages and Deaths
General Register Office – Genealogy
The Irish Life Centre, Lr. Abbey Street, Dublin.
Here you can look at lists of registers for the entire country, back as far as 1864 and up to the early 1900s.

There is a book for each year, and for the sum of €2, you can browse through the entries over 5 years – 5 books eg. If you are looking for a birth from around 1870 but are not sure of the exact year, you might take the books from 1868 – 1872, in the hope that you'll find what you're looking for in those years. For €4 you can browse through 10 books.

If you find what you're looking for, you give the reference details to a member of staff who will provide you with a copy of the particular record within half an hour or so.

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 9.30am – 4.30pm.
Tel: 01-6354000.

National Archives of Ireland
The National Census 1901 and 1911
Most people are probably familiar with this facility by now, but if not, log on to

As well as the Census mentioned above, this site includes a database of convicts transported to Australia.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Has databases of genealogical interest.

Valuation Office Ireland
Holds a list of occupiers of property for the Republic of Ireland from the mid-nineteenth century onwards.

Ask About Ireland
Has a free version of Griffith’s Valuation of Ireland, detailing those who owned or leased property in the mid-nineteenth century.

Irish Family History Foundation
A network of county based research centres and the online research system (ORS), which allows you to search an index of early records free and pay to view the records.

Dublin City Public Libraries
Has extensive Dublin and Irish Collections.

Irish Ancestors
Genealogical service based on Grenham's Recordfinder, with free surname and placename search facility.

Heritage Centres
It may also be worth contacting the various county heritage centres – it often happens that local registers exist eg workhouses –are not be included in any of the above places.

The process is time consuming, but you'll find it addictive!
Good luck!
Mary Mulhall