Free 19th Century Family History Records at your library

March 18, 2011 are doing a nice promotion of their Irish records for St. Patrick’s Day but did you know that these records are available for free through your public library? Griffith’s Valuation is available as part of the Public Library Information Services on Ask About Ireland. These link to Valuation maps so that the particular site referred to in the Valuation record can be ascertained.

You can browse Ordnance Survey Historical Maps for free at your local library & South Dublin Libraries also have a historical map viewer which includes pre-Ordnance Survey Maps of the South Dublin area.

The Tithe Applotment Books can be searched on computers in the Local Studies section at the County Library, Tallaght.

The Lawrence Collection of photographs can be viewed freely online on the National Library’s Digital Archive.

As well as these, there are many other free online tools for researching your Irish family history, including of course the Census for 1901 & 1911. South Dublin Libraries’ Digital Archive Source includes Thom’s Directories for the South Dublin County area. For more information on researching your family history at the County Library, Tallaght please see our guide at