Search Tips: Irish Genealogy Records 1849-1911

This Irish genealogy research tip is important.

Genealogists need to know that Irish deaths and marriages were routinely published in the pages of the Irish American Weekly (New York City, New York). This fact makes the historical Irish newspaper a great genealogical resource to find Irish obituaries and marriages that occurred in Ireland—or around the world—from 1849 to 1911.

The Irish American Weekly made a diligent effort to find, document and publish these family records in Ireland and published them in the pages of their New York City newspaper.

This newspaper clipping shows just some of the Irish obituaries reported in the 11 March 1854 Irish American Weekly (New York City, New York), page 2.

Just take a look at the wide geographic coverage that the Irish American Weekly provides in this one clipping:
  • at Westmeath
  • at Monkstown, County Cork
  • in Killeshandra
  • at County Wexford
  • in Cork
  • in Kilkenny
  • in Queenstown
  • in County Down
  • at Norwich, England ...formerly of Dublin
  • at St. John, Antigua ...formerly of Dublin
  • in London
  • in Melbourne, Australia
This newspaper is reporting on Irish deaths in Ireland and on Irish ex-patriots around the world.

Now, look closer at the article. The publication date is 1854. These Irish genealogy records were printed in the newspaper a full ten years before Irish civil registration began in 1864!

Genealogy Research Tip: Registration of Irish death certificates did not begin until 1864—but you can find thousands of Irish deaths recorded every week in the Irish American Weekly from 1849 – 1911, well before Irish civil registration began in 1864.