The Internet is a great place to find out information on any aspect of Irish history - unfortunately, not all can be trusted for accuracy! Kilmainham Tales is compiling a series of links to sites we have found to be good. Most are specialised, limited to one era, organisation or event. Others are broad-based, but all the sites here we have found to be incredible sources of information which can, in general, be trusted. However, you must, in the end, make up your own mind about them and their content and not take our word for it.
Genealogy is the most popular branch of history research today. Many who visit Kilmainham Gaol do so to find their ancestors there.
Unfortunately, except in very rare cases, this information is not available in the Gaol's archives as the prison registers are held by the National Archives.
Therefore, the Gaol does not offer a genealogical service.
From the National Archives Genealogy Website you can access the Census Records for 1901 and 1911, the Tithe Applotment Books from 1823 to 1837, the Soldiers’ Wills from 1914 to 1917, and the Calendars of Wills & Administrations from 1858 to 1922.
There is also a comprehensive list of genealogically-relevant websites here.
There are several interesting articles on this site about Irish records and the site is expected to add other genealogical records over the coming years, including:
19th century census survivals, 1821-51;
Valuation Office House & Field Books, 1848-60;
Census Search Forms for the 1841 and 1851 censuses.
Rebellions, Risings and Consequences
These are just a tiny amount of links to this topic. More will be added as they are reviewed. Care must be taken in interpreting the 'facts' on these sites, as they may reflect the personal opinions of those who write them.
United Irishmen and their Rebellion of 1798
Easter Rising, 1916:
The Irish War of Independence 1919-1921:
Irish War of Independence overview
The Irish Free State:
The Irish Free State
The Irish Civil War 1922-1923:
Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon
For a discussion of Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon prison design (the basis for Kilmainham Gaol's iconic East Wing) listen to this programme, first broadcast on RTE Radio 1, 14 July 2013, which includes Paul Thornton's excellent essay on the Panopticon and its operation.
Go to 09.00 mins and the essay is just 6 minutes long.
Given that the first Index to Townlands - published in conjunction with the 1851 Census of Ireland - did not note DEDs, the 1901 edition is all the more valuable given that it also records the DED number required to access data from the 1901 census returns, the earliest complete census for Ireland.
Was a relative of yours involved in the Easter Rising?
A new association now exists for all relatives of those who fought for Irish freedom in 1916.
They hold regular meetings, are compiling a database, lobby the Government on its plans for 1916 and for places associated with the Easter Rising etc.
The association now has its own website at: http://www.1916relatives.com/
and is open to all relatives.