Breifne Historical Society Website

Breifne Historical Society was founded at a meeting in the Farnham Arms Hotel in Cavan on 13 January 1956. It was founded as a non political and non sectarian historical society to promote interest in and the study of the local history of the ancient kingdom of Breifne. The society publishes a journal called ‘Breifne’ which is published in April or May of each year.

Cavan County Council

Cavan County Council's website

Cavan Genealogy

Cavan ancestry database holds more than half a million records of baptisms, marriages, burials, census records, pre and post-Famine land records, and numerous other sources.

Cavan Library website

Johnston Central Library is home to the single most important resource for the study of the history, archaeology, literature and culture of Cavan. Acknowledged as one of the foremost in the country, cutting edge information technology has been utilised to ensure preservation, conservation and better service delivery for this unique collection.

The Down Survey website

Taken in the years 1656-1658, the Down Survey of Ireland is the first ever detailed land survey on a national scale anywhere in the world. This Project has brought together for the first time in over 300 years all the surviving maps, digitised them and made them available as a public online resource.
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Find My Past

Find your ancestors in Ireland, Petty Sessions Court Registers 1842-1913

GENUKI County Cavan

GENUKI provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland. It is a non-commercial service, maintained by a charitable trust and a group of volunteers.

GeoHive mapping online

GeoHive is an initiative by Ordnance Survey Ireland to provide easy access to publically available spatial data. Here you can view historical and contemporary maps of Cavan.

Griffith's Valuation on Ask About Ireland

The Primary Valuation was the first full-scale valuation of property in Ireland. It was overseen by Richard Griffith and published between 1847 and 1864. It is one of the most important surviving 19th century genealogical sources. You can view images of the original records and supporting maps here.

Irish Family History Centre

IFHC are an award winning history and heritage company based in Dublin, Ireland. The Irish Family History Centre's research service is aimed at people who would like to get one of their experts to research their Irish ancestry for them. You can also ask their experts questions that may help you get past any brick walls with your own research.


This website is dedicated to helping you search for family history records for past generations. The website is now home to the historic records of Births, Marriages and Deaths of the General Register Office. These records join the Indexes to the historic records of Births, Marriages and Deaths that were already available on the website.

Irish Genealogy News

Claire Santry's regularly updated blog reports on the latest Irish genealogy developments and record releases, and it's read by professional and amateur genealogists who recognise its independence and wide coverage of news.

Irish Genealogy Toolkit

Top 10 free Irish genealogy databases online

Irish Geneaography

Ruth Mathewson's comprehensive and insightful genealogical reference website is an excellent resource for anyone doing family research and is highly recommended. Just a little quirky....."Where a feast of advice, findings aids and links to Irish genealogical resources have been served up for your delectation!"

The Placenames Database of Ireland was created by Gaois, Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge in collaboration with The Placenames Branch (The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media). This is a comprehensive management system for data, archival records and placenames research conducted by the State. It is a public resource for Irish people at home and abroad, and for all those who appreciate the rich heritage of Irish placenames.

National Archives

Census of Ireland 1901/1911 and Census fragments and substitutes, 1821-51. The household returns and ancillary records for the censuses of Ireland of 1901 and 1911, which are in the custody of the National Archives of Ireland, represent an extremely valuable part of the Irish national heritage.

National Library Parish Records

This website contains images from the NLI’s collection of Catholic parish register microfilms. The registers contain records of baptisms and marriages from the majority of Catholic parishes in Ireland and Northern Ireland up to 1880. Church registers of marriage and baptism are considered to be the single most important source for family history researchers prior to the 1901 census. In many cases, the registers contain the only surviving record of particular individuals and families.

Irish Registry of Deeds index

The purpose of this project is to provide finding aids for the records held at the Registry of Deeds in Dublin. There are three sets of indexes produced by the project: The main index is building a name index for the memorial transcription books held at the Registry of Deeds The grantors index consists of transcriptions of the Registry of Deeds' grantors indexes The townland index consists of transcriptions of the Registry of Deeds' townland indexes

Roots Ireland

Find Your Irish Ancestors with the most extensive and easily searchable database of Catholic Church records anywhere online