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Dublin (Áth Cliath / Dubhlinn)

This research guide is designed to help you find your Irish ancestors in our genealogy print collection.  The McClelland Library uses the Dewey Decimal Classification System to make our print materials findable through the online catalog and while browsing our shelves in person.  Below you will find books to help you locate your ancestors in county Dublin.

929.1: Books under this dewey number at the McClelland Library are primarily about how to get started with genealogy research and where to find certain sources.

Tracing your Irish Ancestors by John Grenham

Call Number: Geneal. 929.1072 G865t        Publication Date: 1999

A comprehensive guidebook for Irish genealogy; includes tips for where to begin, what to expect, and brief exploration of internet source. Grenham provides major source lists of Civil, Census, Church, and Land Records, Wills, Genealogy office, Deed Registries, Newspaper and Directory listings, and a reference guide of Sources by County. 

Irish Towns, a Guide to Sources edited by William Nolan and Anngret Simms

Call Number: Geneal. 929.1072 Ir47    Publication Date: 1998

Provides brief overview of the history of towns and territorial divisions in Ireland, including several maps, drawings, and prints. Also includes source listing of records of Central and Local Government after 1700, Estate and Church records, Newspapers, Directories, and Gazetteers, and a select bibliography of publications on Irish Towns in the period from 1500-1980, printed between 1969 and 1993.

Tracing your Dublin Ancestors by James G. Ryan & Brian Smith

Call Number: Geneal. 929.1072 R955g 2009

Publication Date: 2009

Provides genealogical sources with description of source, where it can be found, and full index.  Sources listed are administrative divisions, civil registration, census and census substitutes, church records, commercial and social directories, wills and administrations, gravestone inscriptions, newspapers, land records, family names and histories, and current library, archive and society addresses.

Directory of Historic Dublin Guilds edited by Mary Clark and Raymond Refaussé

Call Number: Geneal. 929.1072 D6285

Publication Date: 1993

Contains brief history of each guild, providing the location of records and artifacts for each (or notation if none exist or were destroyed), listing of repositories where materials are held, full bibliography, and illustrations of the arms of each guild.  Guilds included are trade, craft, religious, and military guilds separated by type and listed alphabetically. There is also a glossary of terms used in the directory, as well as patron saints associated with each guild (if applicable).

929.3: Books under this dewey number at the McClelland Library are primarily Genealogy Sources or books of compiled resources put together by genealogists.

Indexes to Irish Wills edited by W.P.W. Phillimore and Gertrude Thrift

Call Number: Geneal. 929.3 P54i

Publication Date: 1909

Date Range: 1536-1858

Index of wills from Sees (Diocese) in Ossory, Leighlin, Ferns, and Kildare, in what was the ancient Province of Dublin.  Contents include the Calendar of Wills for each diocese listing in alphabetical order the full name, county, and date of probate.

Irish County Maps Showing the Locations of Churches in Leinster Province provided by the Genealogical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Call Number: Geneal. 929.3418 Ir43L

Publication Date: 1976

Date Range: 1631-1873

Compiled using churches listed in Thom’s Irish Almanac and Official Directory for 1853, does not include churches extinct in or established after 1853.  Includes County Parish listings for Carlow, Dublin, Dublin City, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leix (Queens), Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly (Kings), Westmeath, Wexford, and Wicklow.  Denominations listed are Church of Ireland, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, and Others. A map of Civil Parishes by County is provided with grid number corresponding to entries for each parish.

Register of the Parish of St. Thomas, Dublin 1750-1791 edited by Raymond Refaussé

Call Number: Geneal. 929.3418 R25958r

Publication Date: 1994

Contents include the Register of St. Thomas’s Parish, listing baptisms 1750-1791, burials 1762-1791, and marriages 1750-1791.  Also provided are three appendices: The clergy of the parish of St. Thomas, The churchwardens of the parish of St. Thomas, and a Note on marriage licences.  

Cumann Geinealais Dhún Laoghaire: Booterstown, Co. Dublin, Ireland School Registers 1861-1872 & 1891-1939 compiled by Frieda Carroll of Dun Laoghaire Genealogical Society

Call Number: Geneal. 929.34183 C2364b

Publication Date: 1998

Date Range: 1861-1872 & 1891-1939

Register of male students enrolled at Booterstown School in Co. Dublin, providing students year of entry into school, surname and forename (in alphabetical order), students age at time of entry (shown in ‘age of entry’’ for time period 1861-1918, and ‘year of birth’ for the years 1919 & 1939), occupation of parents or guardians, address, ‘reason for leaving school’ for time period 1861-1872, ‘last school attended’ for time period 1891-1938, and year of leaving school for time period 1861-1872.

Dublin List of Electors: November 18, 1868 from the Poll Books of Jonathan Pim, Esq., and Sir Dominic Corrigan

Call Number: Geneal. 929.34183 C4986 1986

Publication Date: originally published 1868

Date Range: November 18, 1868

Poll results of 1868 City of Dublin election showing name and address of voters.  Included in the poll are various Wards and Districts: South Dock Ward, Donnybrook District, Rathdown District, Trinity Ward, South City Ward, Royal Exchange Ward, Mansion House Ward, Fitzwilliam Ward, Wood Quay Ward, Merchants’ Quay Ward, Usher’s Quay Ward, Arran Quay Ward, Inns Quay Ward, North City Ward, Rotundo Ward, Mountjoy Ward, North Dock Ward, and Resident Freemen.

Proceedings at the Election for the City of Dublin which Commenced on Monday, January the 12th, and Terminated on Saturday, the 17th, 1835; To Elect Two Representatives for the City of Dublin in Parliament

Call Number: Geneal. 929.34183 D8523p

Publication Date: originally published 1835

Date Range: January 12th, 1835 – January 17th, 1835

Provides the transcription of the proceedings of election in Dublin, 1835 to elect two representatives; also included are appendix with names and addresses of candidates and alphabetical listing of persons who voted in election with surnames & forenames.

Cumann Geinealais Dhún Laoghaire: Dublin City 1901-Census Index to the North Strand, Clonliffe Road & Summerhill District compiled by Marie Keogh of Dun Laoghaire Genealogical Society

Call Number: Geneal. 929.34183 K43d

Publication Date: 1998

Date Range: 1901

Index to the Census of 1901, covers the District Electoral Division No. 38 and contains greater than 3500 names and addresses; index shows name of householder as well as the names of any visitors, relatives, or persons present in the household at the time of the census.

Families of County Dublin by Michael C. O’Laughlin, president I.G.F.

Call Number: Geneal. 929.34183 OL12f

Publication Date: 1999

Provides a variety of maps of Co. Dublin, including an Ortelius Map of Dublin in 1576, ordnance maps of Stillorgan, Merrion, Tallaght, and Palmerston, city map of Dublin in 1611, and two Arms of Dublin Families maps.  Contents also include an ancient tribal names chart, history of families of Co. Dublin and locations where found, and appendices listing Dublin surnames, Dublin placenames, and Jewish Settlers.

The Vestry Records of the Parishes of St. Catherine and St. James, Dublin 1654-1692 edited by Raymond Gillespie

Call Number: Geneal. 929.34183 V639

Publication Date: 2004

Date Range: 1654-1692

Vestry records of two parishes, St. Catherine and St. James in Dublin provide information relating to the parish including parish officials, parishioners; includes general notes and overview of parish happenings, entries in the records include business transactions with surnames and forenames provided, and  listing of Churchwardens of St. Catherine’s parish for each year from 1656-1693,

Cumann Geinealais Dhún Laoghaire: Weavers & Related Trades, Dublin 1826 edited by Séan Magee of Dun Laoghaire Genealogical Society

Call Number: Geneal. 929.34183 W3799

Publication Date: 1995

Date Range: 1826

Divided into two parts this record contains “Labourers Accounts” and “Distress”.  The first part, Labourers Accounts provides a listing of men that were recorded as working on road repair in various parts of Dublin; included are full names, address, age, occupation, and number of members in family.  The second part, Distress is a record of assistance provided to the families of weavers. This assistance was given in the form of provisions and food bundles; each bundle was assigned a “food ticket” containing the families name and address.

929.4: Books under this dewey number at the McClelland Library are primarily about names.  Books in this section can contain information about surnames, forenames, and even baby names. While these books may have information in general about your surname, they do not contain lineage information.

The Surnames of Ireland by Edward MacLysaght

Call Number: Geneal. 929.4094 M226s 1991       Publication Date: 1991

Date Range: 1848-1864

Contains location of ancient territories, population groups, relevant abbreviations and explanation of technical terms used in guide.  Pages 1-303 provide alphabetical listing of surnames, followed by an appendix of English and Scottish surnames in Ireland, and an appendix providing a simplification of Gaelic forms of surnames.

929.5: Books under this dewey number at the McClelland Library are primarily about Cemeteries.

A Guide to Irish Churches and Graveyards by Brian Mitchell

Call Number: Geneal. 929.50941 G9415

Publication Date: 1990

Guide to the cemeteries and graveyards listed by county with civil parish, townland, Ordnance Survey sheet number, religious denomination of church, and indication of whether cemetery or graveyard remains attached to church.  There is a number preceding each listing that provides reference to map location in author’s atlas, A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland.  Especially helpful in locating approximate birthdates, person’s residence at time of death, possibly family information (if family plot).

History of the Dublin Catholic Cemeteries by William J. Fitzpatrick, LLD

Call Number: Geneal. 929.5 F57h

Publication Date: 1900

General history of Catholic Graveyards in Dublin, beginning around the year 1800 and concluding around 1900.  

Historic Graves in Glasnevin Cemetery (Dublin) by R.J. O’Duffy

Call Number: Geneal. 929.5 Od8h

Publication Date: 1915

Provides index of gravestones in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin, full name and page number of page in text containing information relating to each name.  Text provides brief personal history, date of death, indication of existing gravestone or not, and two maps of the cemetery.

929.6 – 929.8: Books under this dewey number at the McClelland Library are primarily about family Heraldry.  Heraldry includes family crests and tartans.

The Poolbeg Book of Irish Heraldry by Micheal O` Comain

Call Number: Geneal. 929.6 012p Heraldry     Publication Date: 1991

An introduction to Irish heraldry this guide is a good starting point as it contains general guidelines for researching.  Included on pages 71-98 is a Heraldic Dictionary that provides the meanings of a variety of images, heraldic terminology, and variations in spelling of terms and phrases.

Fairbairn’s Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland by James Fairbairn

Call Number: Geneal. 929.6041 F1507f Heraldry      Publication Date: 1986

Contains survey of over 30,000 families, geographical associations, legends and mottos.  Index of family names are arranged alphabetically on pages 1-522, glossary of terms pages 523-530, and alphabetical index of mottoes on pages 531-599.  Also included is an index of plates of Crests, Orders and Regalia, Flags, Ornamental Lettering, Monograms, Heraldic Illustrations, Foreign Crowns, and Principal Cities, and Regalia of Scotland.