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Irish Genealogy Resources: Getting Started

A guide to Irish genealogy materials maintained in the Celtic Collection at the University of St. Thomas.

Genealogy Resource in the Celtic Collection

The Department of Special Collections houses a variety of resources of potential interest to genealogists tracing their Irish family history. Resources housed here relate primarily to  "the Irish in Ireland".   For information on the Irish-Americans and the immigrant experience, your local city/county/state historical society will likely have more information.

How to locate books in the collection

The holdings of the Department of Special Collections are fully cataloged.  Information on these works is available through CLICnet (, the Libraries’ online catalog.  Materials designated Special – Ref are shelved on the north wall of the department’s Reading Room.  For access to other materials on the list, please ask for assistance.

Family Names

Beginning family historians often know nothing of their Irish background other than the fact that their name is "Irish."  The following works may be useful in locating information on surnames. 

Your Librarian

Ann Kenne
Head of Special Collections /
University Archvist
LL09 O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library
2115 Summit Avenue #4068
Saint Paul, MN 55105-1086
651-962-5461 (office)