Several new datasets for Irish ancestry research have come online recently, covering a wide range of topics from emigrants to loans and from local council minutes to maps.

Data on RootsIreland

  • Galway Emigrand Index, 1829-1866
    This list, compiled by Peter Madden of Newcastle, Australia, documents the immigration of people from Galway to New South Wales and Queensland between 1829 and 1866.
  • Reproductive Loan Index, Count Galway
    The Irish Reproductive Loan Fund was scheme set up in 1824 to provide small loans to people who were termed the ‘industrious poor’. The records generally run from 1836-48 and are available for the following associations in County Galway: Ahascragh, Ballygar, Castle Hackett, Clifden, Kilconickny, Outerard and Galway Town.

For an up to date list of sources for East Galway and to search these records, go here.

Data on the Digital Repository of Ireland

  • Dublin City Council Manuscript Minutes 1841-1881
    These DCC minute books, which are held by Dublin City Library and Archive (DCLA), cover a truly significant period in Irish history and the minutes touch on these important events including the election of ‘the Emancipator’, Daniel O’Connell, as lord mayor of the capital and the famine.  You can explore the Dublin City Council Manuscript Minutes 1841 – 1881 here.
  • HD Maps of Waterford City
    This collection, which has been made available by Waterford City and County Council, consists of seven high definition, highly detailed maps of the city environs that date from the late seventeenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century. The maps track not only the growth and development of this major Irish port city and its neighbourhoods, but the technical developments which were arriving in Ireland such as the railway, telegraph, and electricity.  You can explore the Waterford City Map collection here.