Burning of Dublin Custom House 1921

If you wish to find out about a relative or ancestor who may have taken part in the Easter Rising, War of Independence and/or Civil War, here are some web sites to check (All free to use except where noted).

Military Service

Irish Newspaper archives One and Two (paying sites but free to use at your local Irish public library).

General Family History

There are also many other online and offline resources not listed above. For example Burial Records for many Irish cemeteries are online and most are free to use.

We have focused on Irish records, mainly related to the Irish Volunteers, Cumann na mBan, Old IRA and National Army.

If you are seeking British military records, ancestry.co.uk or findmypast.ie may be good starting points. But there are many other sources online like Commonwealth War Graves, regimental histories and online forums.

For Irish police ancestors, findmypast.ie has good content covering the RIC, DMP and very early Garda Service Registers. A spreadsheet for the last two can be downloaded free here. There is also an excellent forum here (registration required).

And if you are interested in a more in-depth guide to Irish family history resources, then Claire Santry’s fantastic site is for you.

Best of luck with your research!

The Team