Fire at the Public Records Office

One of the most common questions asked about Irish genealogy is ….. ‘all the irish records were burnt in the Four Courts during the Civil War in 1922’ so it’s impossible to trace our ancestors.

This is not true… For example, the 1901 and 1911 census records are available online free at;

Catriona Crowe explains what happened in more detail in her article in The Irish Times in 2012.  

If you know where an ancestor was living in 1901 or 1911, it’s actually very easy to find them on the census records. Why not give it a go !

Happy Hunting!


Fire at the Public Records Office
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