Behind the Books

Free Online History Resources

Kildare Library Account Resources

eHistory: Online Electronic History Journal:

Free online electronic history journal with a wide range of materials on the history of County Kildare. Materials include archaeology, digitised resources, essays, events and attractions, industrial heritage and Kildare County archive.

EMagazines – Online History Magazines:

Search a wide variety of history magazine titles including, BBC History Magazine, All About History, Your Family History, History of War etc.

Universal Class: Online History Classes:

Research and learn about a wide variety of history classes including, The Celts, American Civil War, World War Two, The Gulf War etc.

Bolinda Borrow Box – History Ebooks and Audio Books:

Search and borrow a wide range of history Ebooks and Audio books including, Harry Boland, Bloody Okinawa, Sisters in Arms and Washington’s End.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

Over 60,000 biographies, 72 million words, 11,000 portraits of significant, influential or notorious figures who shaped British history. 

Other Free Resources

An index of Ireland civil registration including 1864-1958 births, 1845-1958 marriages, and 1864-1958 deaths, but excluding index records for Northern Ireland after its creation in 1922.

General Register Office of Northern Ireland:

Its birth records date from 1864 to 100 years ago, marriages from 1864 (or 1845 if Protestant or civil ceremonies) to 75 years ago, and deaths from 1864 to 50 years ago.

Irish Ancestors:

Irish Ancestors is Ireland’s longest-running established genealogy website, founded and managed by the renowned Irish genealogist John Grenham. Unlike the other sites here, Irish Ancestors doesn’t hold any record collections. Instead, it provides masses of information and clear direction to those starting their Irish ancestry hunt.

All civil marriage records from 1845 to 1944 are available online to members of the public, along with the release online of birth register records for 1919 and death register records for 1969.  Over 15.5 million register records are available to the public to view and research online on the website.

The National Archives: Genealogy:

The website of the National Archives of Ireland has been much-loved since the day in late 2007 when it launched the first lot of indexed 1911 census returns. Irish genealogy research turned a corner and has never looked back.

National Library of Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Registers:

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) launched a free online home for its collection of Ireland’s Roman Catholic parish registers Dating from the 1740s to the 1880s, these registers cover 1,091 parishes and consist primarily of baptismal and marriage records.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland:

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is the official archive for Northern Ireland.

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