Can I access the National Archives?

Can I access the National Archives?

Can anyone view court records held by the National Archives? Yes. Court records held by the National Archives are public records and can be accessed by members of the public in possession of a valid Reader’s ticket. The exception to this is family law cases, which are held in camera.

How do I find my family history Ireland?

The National Archives of Ireland’s genealogy portal is one of the key websites for tracing Irish ancestry. It offers free access to the surviving census fragments from 1901/1911, as well as substitute sources. You can search raw census data, then view PDF copies of the original documents.

What happened to the Irish census records?

The 1926 Census Returns will be released to public inspection in January 2027. The original census returns for 1861 and 1871 were destroyed shortly after the censuses were taken. Those for 1881 and 1891 were pulped during the First World War, probably because of the paper shortage.

How do I get documents from the National Archives?

Order online, and place your order for these records directly through the web. Ordering online requires that you register as a user and that you pay with a credit card. Request these records using our special paper forms. Contact us to have these blank forms mailed to you.

How do I find old birth records in Ireland?

Use the website to search for online copies of indexes to civil records of births (1864–1916), marriages (1845–1941) and deaths (1864–1966) and of the registers of births (1864–1916), marriages (1870–1941) and deaths (1878–1966).

Can I access National Archives online?

You can search and retrieve individual electronic records from a selection of archival structured databases online via the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) resource at

How do I find my archives online?

Ways to Search Online

  1. National Archives Catalog. Our National Archives Catalog is the online portal to our records and information about our records.
  2. History Hub.
  3. Microfilm Catalog.
  4. Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
  5. Archives Library Information Center (ALIC)
  6. Guide to Federal Records.
  7. Finding Aids.
  8. Search by Topic.

Are Irish birth records online?

The online availability of Births, Marriages and Deaths records has been extended, with a further 12 months of these records available to view online at The records now available for each of these life events are: Birth Register records for the years 1864 to 1921.

Where can I find free birth records in Ireland?
Transcripts (and some digitised images) of records of Civil Registration are available free of charge on This site is hosted by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. National Archives does not hold civil records of births, deaths and marriages.

How do I get a copy of my father’s Irish birth certificate?

You can apply for a certificate or copy of a certificate in person in any Civil Registration Service. Some Civil Registration Services have a walk-in service. You need to phone and book an appointment for others. To apply for a certificate or copy of a certificate by post, fill in the application form (pdf).