With my own family coming from Ireland a few generations ago (still trying to pin down the specifics on that), I have been working with a number of great online Irish genealogy resources. So here is a place for you to start if you have family in that part of the world.
Irish Genealogy – Several different types of Irish records are linked here, including a searchable database of church records. It’s a great spot to do a little direct vital records sourcing. Some searches might require a small fee.
Cyndi’s List of Ireland Resources – As I usually do, here is the relevant page at Cyndi’s List where there are many good links to Irish resources for genealogy documents and information.
National Archives of Ireland – This will connect you to the genealogy section of the National Archives of Ireland though there are no documents available to be searched right online. It’s a great spot for finding indexes and learning more about the types of material that is in the archives. They have a contact list where you can get in touch with other Irish genealogy centers.
Ireland GenForum – A busy message board for people doing genealogy studies in Ireland. See who other members are looking for and post your messages with the relatives you’re stuck on. You never know who will offer up the next good lead.
Irish Origins – A collection of online databases filled with Irish genealogy documents, included censuses, marriage records, wills and more. You’ll need to register to use the site though. There are some fees but you can sign up for a 3-day membership for quick searches. Still a great option.
Irish Immigrants to North America – This is a good database at Genealogy.com filled with passenger lists and other immigration information for Irish ancestors. You have to register, but I believe it’s free.