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Earnest Irish immigration to the United States began after the potato famine in the 1840s, with more than 4.5 million Irish arriving prior to 1930. The Irish settled throughout the United States, with the highest concentration found in Boston. Although immigration during the rest of the twentieth century has been slow, Irish remain the fifth largest immigrant group since 1820.

Contacts and Sources

American Irish Historical Society Library
991 Fifth Avenue and 80th Street
New York, NY 10028
Telephone: (212) 288-2263
Publication: Recorder

The Irish Ancestral Research Association
P.O. Box 619
Sudbury, MA 01776.
Telephone: (617) 894-0062
Publication: TIARA

Irish Families
P.O. Box 7575
Kansas City, MO 64116
Telephone/Fax: (816) 454-2410
Publication: Irish Family Journal

Web Sites

The Internet has hundreds of Web sites about Ireland, Irish history, and Irish genealogy. Rather than attempt to list them all here, we've provided you with some are that are good starting points for Irish genealogical research.

In Helpful Web Sites, you can find links to useful resources about:
National Archives of Ireland
Another good starting point for learning to research in Ireland. They have descriptions of different record types, as well as two online resources: transportation records of convicts sent from Ireland to Australia between 1788 and 1868, and census fragments for County Antrim.


  • In Search of our British and Irish Roots, by Angus Baxter
  • Irish Emigration to the United States, by Stephen Byrne
  • Irish and Scotch-Irish Ancestral Research, by Margaret D. Falley
  • Ireland Research Outline, by the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Tracing your Irish Ancestors, by John Grenham
  • A Guide to Irish Parish Registers, by Brian Mitchell
  • Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy, by Brian Mitchell
  • Irish Records: Sources for Family and Local History, by James G. Ryan
  • Ireland and the American Emigration, 1850-1900, by Arnold Schrier

For some tips on researching abroad, see the topic All about international resources.

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