Knowing where we come from means a lot to any of us. When it comes to tracing ones roots, today there are a great many resources and supports available. A census of ireland’s population was taken every 10 years from 1821 until 1911. Original manuscripts from every household in Ireland survive for the years 1901 and 1911. These 1901 and 1911 Census returns are fully searchable on-line today, free of charge on the website :

Another original source that is available online is the Religious Census of 1766. This survives in original or transcript form under the headings of parish, county, and diocese :

There are two useful publications worth investigating if this area is of interest to you.
The papers of the Irish Genealogical Congress:
The quarterly Irish Roots genealogical magazine

For professional help in tracking down Irish ancestors you can turn to a Genealogist.

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