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Irish social history websites

Finding out about your ancestors is just the beginning ... learn about their lives. How did they live? What were their lives like?

Ireland in the early 20th century

Photographs of Dublin, Belfast, Kerry, Galway, Waterford and Cork from the National Archives of Ireland

National Archives of Ireland

Photographs in the National Library of Ireland

Browse or search more than 14,000 images online, 1870–1940

National Library of Ireland

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland flickr

Wedding photographs taken by Herbert Thackwray Allison, 1910–1951, arranged by surname


The Irish Famine, Jim Donnelly

BBC History website that explores the Great Famine in Ireland


Moving Here — Migration Histories — Irish

This online history includes contributed oral histories and an image gallery

National Archives

Browse the 1901 and 1911 Irish Census forms

Organised by townland, with detail at the household level and digital copies of the handwritten census forms

National Archives of Ireland

The Shamrock and the Maple Leaf

An online exhibition in Flickr of photographs relating to Irish migrants to Canada


Irish Ordnance Survey maps, 1829–42

Interactive hand-drawn map with incredible detail, including the location of houses, churches, schools, mines, wells, fields


Library Ireland

Free online resource of books and articles on Irish history, genealogy and culture. Transcripts are available


National Library of Australia

Register for a library card and get free online access to subscription databases

National Library of Australia

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