The US National Archives celebrates the contributions of Irish Americans to the nation’s history during Irish American Heritage Month – March 2022.

They have a wealth or resources available for free online.  This includes links to research tools for family historians such as immigration, naturalization, census and military records.


Irish American Genealogy Research Aids

  • Immigration Records: The National Archives has immigration records for arrivals to the United States from foreign ports between approximately 1820 and 1982. The records are arranged by Port of Arrival.
  • Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
  • Famine Irish Passenger Record Data File (FIPAS), 1/12/1846 – 12/31/1851
  • List of Ships that Arrived at the Port of New York During the Irish Famine, 1/12/1846 – 12/31/1851
  • Naturalization Records: Naturalization records can provide a researcher with information such as a person’s birth date and location, occupation, immigration year, marital status and spouse information, witnesses’ names and addresses, and more.
  • Military Records: The National Archives holds Federal military service records from the Revolutionary War to 1912 in Washington, DC. Military records from WWI to the present are held in the National Military Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO.
  • Census Records: The first Federal population census was taken in 1790, and has been taken every 10 years since.


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