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Catholic Parish Registers in Ireland

view if National Library of Ireland

Irish ancestory research can be challenging, due to the loss of many records during a 20th Century fire at the Public Records Office.

Last summer there was a major step forward for family historians with Roman Catholic Irish ancestry when the National Library of Ireland gave free access to digitised registers from across Ireland.

These records include millions of names from the baptism, marriage and death registrations taken since 1655.

While this initiative was welcomed, the project's scope was just to scan the registers and researchers could only then search by parish. Family historians therefore needed to know the parish. Once located they could browse the images.

In a major development, those of us with Irish ancestory can now search Roman Catholic parish registers by ancestor name, year and place online and link to the images. Both Ancestry and FindMyPast have partnered with NLI and are now offering the search facility.

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Emma Waltham
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16 March 2016

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