Sunday 3 March 2024

National Archives of Ireland's genealogy site is playing up

The National Archives of Ireland's free Genealogy database is not working today. I don't know when this started, but as of this morning, while you can reach the home page, MOST of the links to the various online collections are not functioning.

Tweet from NAI (@NARIreland) this morning
However, if you want to view the Irish censuses for specific counties AND you known both the DED and townland for the area you're researching, the database is still accessible. There are two distinct routes:
  1. Go to the link above and select either of the two 'Search Census' links on the landing page (not the 'Census Search Forms' options).
  2. Alternatively, go direct to

On the landing page, select the 'Browse Census' option in the blue menu strip. Then click the census year of interest.

By selecting the County, DED and townland of interest, you'll be able to choose from the surnames appearing in this geographically precise area.

I'll update here when I know the site has been fixed.

UPDATE, 4 March: Each of the genealogy databases appears to be functioning correctly this morning. A bit slow when I tried them, but otherwise fine.