Guinness records made available via Ancestry


09 March 2024
Ahead of St Patrick's Day, Ancestry has made public over 1.6 million historical records sourced from the Guinness Storehouse Archives, the records of Ireland's well known brewery.

Until March 22 individuals can access to delve into these records, free of charge. 

The digitized records provide intricate details about the employees of Guinness' St. James Gate Brewery in Dublin, covering the period from 1799 to 1939.

This includes information such as home addresses, occupations, household compositions, earnings, and even leaves of absence. 

Key information in the newly released records include:

  • Uncovering the generational involvement of families in the brewery's workforce
  • Tracing the professional careers of ancestors, showcasing shifts in job titles and income over time
  • Exploring the precise neighbourhoods and streets where ancestors resided
  • Discovering the establishments across Ireland and the UK that served Guinness, spanning decades

Eibhlin Colgan, archive manager at Guinness Storehouse, said: 

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"Guinness is at the heart of Irish history, making our partnership with Ancestry a truly special moment in time.

"We're a brand with a history that dates back over 260 years and has seen countless generations of families employed at the St. James's Gate brewery in Dublin since Arthur Guinness Sr. first signed his 9,000-year lease back in 1759. And today, we're excited to be connecting families across the world with their ancestors who have helped keep the magic of Guinness alive for centuries."

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Presented by Chris Paton on 29 June, from 1pm UK time.

Enjoy three expert talks on how to trace your Irish ancestor, explore Irish record sets - both on-site and online, and how to tackle research challenges. Ticket for all three talks £35 or £25 Family Tree subscriber or Family Tree Plus member. Find out more

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