Irish Genealogy Resources & Links
Birth, Marriage & Death Records
Civil registration in Ireland started in 1845 with non-Catholic marriages, but full registration of all births, marriages and deaths including Catholics, did not commence until 1864.  Unfortunately, many parish records prior to 1900 have not survived.

General Register Office for Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates (1864 onwards)
You can download application forms to mail or Fax to the GRO in Roscommon for all events from 1864 onwards.  The fee is 20 Euro per certificate or 4 Euro for a copy (2013).

Ballycastle Catholic Registers
The following registers are held at St. Bridget's Church, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo.  The registers can be viewed if you visit in person, but no genealogy services are available.  The priest can be reached at +353 (0) 96 43010 to make an appointment.  These registers up to 1880 are also available on microfiche film #1279204 from LDS.

-    Ballycastle Baptisms, 1853, 1863, 1864-1914
-    Belderig Baptisms, 1903-1967 (combined with Ballycastle after 1967)
-    Ballycastle Baptisms, 1915 to present (sample extract from Baptisms)
-    Ballycastle Marriages, 1869 to present (sample extract from Marriages)
-    Ballycastle Deaths, 1918 to present (sample extract from Deaths)

Ballycastle Parish Marriage Register, from 1869 (free, online)
Browsable and searchable, includes parents names, often with maiden names

Ballycastle Parish Death Register, from 1918 (free, online)
Browsable and searchable, includes names of parents or spouse

Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes 1845-1958 (free, online searchable database)
Part of new pilot database from the LDS Familysearch.org (see above).  The indexes for Irish birth, marriage, and death records came on line 23 January 2009.

Mayo Ancestors (online searchable database)
Free to search for Mayo births and marriages, but it costs 3 - 10 Euros to view the details from each search.  Includes civil records 1864-1900 and the limited surviving 19th century parish records. Run by the North & South Mayo Family History Centres.

Representative Church Body Library, Dublin
Church of Ireland (protestant) original parish registers (BMD records). Available to view by visiting in person or by requesting a paid search (no records on-line).

Irish Family History Foundation (online searchable, but pay per view)
Claims to be the largest family records database in Ireland.  You can search on-line for free but you pay for each document you view (8 Euros per credit).  They also offer commissioned research.


One of the most comprehensive collections of family history records, including Irish.  The subscription costs from about 9 to 13 per month (2014 prices).






Family Search (LDS, free searchable databases)
Many parish records are on microfiche only, and can be ordered to view at your local LDS center for a nominal fee.  Film # 1279204 includes baptisms (1853-1880) and marriages (1869-1880) from the Catholic Church in Ballycastle.

Templemurry, Co. Mayo Baptism Records (free)
Some transcribed baptism records (1854-1884) from Steelaun and Rathfran in Templemurry, Co. Mayo (near Killala), hosted by the IrelandGenweb project.

Kilfian and Rathreagh Parish records
The web site includes an index of parish records covering births, marriages, deaths and tithes for Kilfian and Rathreagh for the 1830's.

Headstones in North County Mayo (free, online searchable database)
There are very few surviving records of deaths or burials in old graveyards in Ireland prior to the 20th century, so this searchable catalogue of legible headstones from graveyards and cemeteries in North County Mayo provides a unique resource.

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Census Records and Alternatives
Unfortunately, nearly all Irish census data prior to 1901 was lost or destroyed, however, the Griffiths Valuation 1848-1864 and Tithe Applotment Books 1823-1837 make useful census substitutes.  The 1901 and 1911 censuses are available to search on-line free of charge.  The Irish government is considering publishing the subsequent 1926 Irish census by 2016, but in the meantime you can sign the petition here.  Other resources include the Will calendars that are available on-line at the National Archives and CIGO.

1911 & 1901 Irish censuses (free, online searchable database)
Currently being digitised by the Irish National Archives, Mayo came on-line on 28th August 2009.  Nice search facilities.  Original census forms can also be viewed.

1901 Irish census (free, online searchable database)
Includes 300,000 individuals for seven counties: Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Wexford and Westmeath, and is free to search.  Provides useful alternative search options to the National Archives census search

Griffith's Valuation of Ireland 1848-1864 (free, online searchable database)
The Griffiths Valuation was a property tax assessment to finance the Irish Poor Laws and can be used as a census substitute for the years after the Great Famine, as very little census data prior to 1901 has survived.  The "AskAboutIreland" collection is an initiative of the Irish public libraries and includes a searchable database with images of the original documents.  It can be searched by surname or placename.  There is an alternative searchable Griffiths Valuation index and also, an index for the parishes around Ballycastle only (Doonfeeny, Kilbride, Kilfian and Lacken).

Tithe Applotment Books 1823-1837
Tithes were a tax levied on agricultural land by the Church of Ireland, and provide a record of land occupiers with more than one acre.  The books were compiled between 1823 and 1827 but unfortunately, record the name of only the head of the household.  The records are being digitised by the Genealogical Society of Utah in partnership with the National Archives of Ireland.  They can be searched and browsed free of charge on-line at http://titheapplotmentbooks.nationalarchives.ie/search/tab/home.jsp.  The County Mayo records can also be viewed in person at the Mayo County Library in Castlebar.

Rent Rolls from Lacken South
These are some pages from Rent Rolls for Cashel and Castlenageeha in Lacken South (circa 1860) courtesy of John Loughney
            rr_lackensouth_cashel_21                     rr_lackensouth_cashel_25
            rr_lackensouth_castlenageeha_19         rr_lackensouth_castlenageeha_36
            rr_lackensouth_castlenageeha_40         rr_lackensouth_castlenageeha_41

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Mayo Forums and Message Boards

Rootsweb Mayo Genealogy Forum
A popular discussion board (supported by Ancestry.com) where you can search for messages by keyword(s) and post your own inquiries for free.

RootsChat Mayo Genealogy Forum
Another free genealogy forum where you can search messages and post questions about your ancestors.

Mayo.ie Genealogy Forum
Genealogy forum and other resources exclusively for Mayo

Facebook: Mayo Genealogy Group (requires a facebook account)
Alternatively, you can contact the Group via clansofmayo@groups.facebook.com

Facebook: County Mayo Ireland Genealogy Forum (requires a facebook account)

Genforum Ireland Genealogy Forum
Another free genealogy forum for County Mayo, though less active than some others.

Mayo Discussion Boards
These message boards for various towns in County Mayo cover a range of topics including occasional genealogy questions.

Family History in North County Mayo Ireland, Message Board
Hosted by this web site (GoldenLangan.com).

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Other Genealogy resources

Mayo County Library Local Studies
Provides links to a wide range of genealogy and other historical resources.  Some resources are available on-line and some by visiting the library in person.

North Mayo Heritage Centre
They perform searches and provide a printed report for fees ranging from 30 Euros for a single record, to over 150 Euros for a Family History Report (2014 prices).

Mayo.ie
A new (May 2011) website devoted to "all things Mayo", including local genealogy.

Mayo Wiki page
A collection of Mayo genealogy resources, sponsored by FamilySearch.org (LDS)

Maps, Townlands and Parishes
Searchable maps of Mayo, and browsable lists of townlands and parishes

Ellis Island USA immigration records (online searchable database)
Most Irish immigrants entering New York from 1892 to 1924 are recorded here.  Easy to search online, and it's free.

Genes Reunited (online searchable database)
Searchable UK web site with over 500 million names where you can post your family tree. Includes many Irish ancestors.  Free to post your family tree and to search, but you pay a six-month fee (15) to contact the owners of other family trees.

The IrelandGenWeb Project for County Mayo
A collection of genealogical resources and links for County Mayo.  This is part of the WorldGenWeb Project, which is a not-for-profit volunteer genealogical organization.

Irish Telephone Directory
If you know the townland that your ancestors came from, this is a quick way to check if any descendants still live there.  Of course, not all telephones numbers are listed.  Don't forget to click the "Residential" button before you start the search.

National Archives of Ireland
Offers various genealogy resources and further links to other genealogy sites.  They are very helpful if you visit in person.

Surname lookup
Indicates how common the surname was by county during the 19th century.

Gaelic surname translations and Gaelic given-name translations at Wikipedia
      Gaelic surname translations at Ancestry.com  

Latin Genealogical Word List Translator (useful for deciphering parish registers)

Irish Genealogy Training Courses (online) for beginners to experts

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Genealogical DNA Testing
If you can't find the necessary records, then a simple DNA test might help.  By comparing your DNA (from saliva or a cheek swab) with a genealogical database, it may be possible to determine if you share a recent common ancestor with another person in the database, and  it is possible to get an indication of how closely related you are.  DNA tests can also be used to determine your ethnic origins.  Several such databases are now on-line, including the Ireland Y-DNA project

There are three types of DNA that can be tested:

Autosomal DNA tests have the advantage that they track all your ancestral lines (both male & female).  However, unlike Y-DNA tests, they are limited in range to only a few generations as autosomal DNA gets diluted by 50% at each generation.  The current tests (as of Feb 2013) record about 1 million SNPs which allows comparisons of about 6 or more generations back (e.g. fourth-cousins).  As of 2014, most of the DNA testing companies charge about $99 (plus shipping) for their test.  A comparison of autosomal DNA testing companies is posted here.

mtDNA (mitochondrial DNA) is passed down virtually unchanged through the direct female line only, but males inherit their mother's mtDNA.  Males and females can use their own mtDNA to track their maternal lineage, but the Y-DNA test is usually more useful.

Y-DNA is passed through the direct male lineage only, unchanged over many generations, and is used to trace male (surname) lineage.  Females need to test Y-DNA from a close male relative such as a brother, father or paternal uncle.  One of the most widely used genealogical tests is the Y-chromosome 37 STR marker (Y-DNA37) which starts from about $169 USD (as of 2013).  This was the DNA test used by the Golden and Langan families posted on this web site. 

Genealogical DNA tests use only very limited sections of DNA and most have little or no medical value.  Further information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genealogical_DNA_test

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Family tree building software (free)
A free version of Legacy Family Tree is available for download.  There is also a paid version with extra features.  The free version seems adequate for most users and was used to create the descendant charts, etc. on this web site.

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