Wednesday, 31 August 2016

RootsIreland adds 40,000 Wexford RC baptism records has added 40,000 transcriptions (and links to images, where available) for the following County Wexford parishes:

Wexford RC parish – 1686-1815 and 1838-1883: Transcriptions of register entries up to the end of 1880 are linked to the images held on the National Library of Ireland's RC Registers website. Images to match the transcriptions covering 1881 to 1883 are not on the NLI site.

Ballygarrett RC parish – 1830-1863 and 1865-1899 : Transcriptions of register entries up to the end of 1863 are linked to the images held on the National Library of Ireland's RC Registers website. The later batch of baptism registers are not part of the NLI collection.

You can view all the County Wexford sources in the database here.

Ancestors from Cork? Free genealogy guide launched
The Local Studies team of Cork County Libraries has published a 32-page booklet to help beginners explore their ancestral heritage in the county.

The guide, Walking in the Footsteps of Your Ancestors, is filled with carefully focussed information about local genealogical record collections and provides tips and direction for the budding family historian genealogist. It's well presented, too, with images of birth certificates and census returns and maps and so on, and comes together in an attractive and neat package.

It's free, and is available in hard copy from all County Cork branch libraries. Alternatively, it can be viewed online or downloaded as a pdf from the County Cork Libraries Local Studies page.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Online launch: Irish birth, marriage & death registers

Next Thursday, 8 September, will be a red-letter day for Irish genealogy.

The General Register Office's historical birth, marriage and death registers will be launched online on that date, joining the GRO Index and a collection of church records on Further details will be released early next week. For now, this is all the information being made public.

When this move was first mooted, back in July 2014, it came with an assurance that these records would be accessible free of charge. Subsequent intervention should also have made us quite certain that the records will be subject to the 100-75-50-years rule ie only those births more than 100 years old, marriages more than 75 years ago, and deaths 50 years ago.

I'll bring more news when it's available.

(September looks like it's going to see a bumper delivery for Irish genealogy. Those other record collections I've mentioned rather too many times will be along before the month is out, too.)

IGRS adds to its growing collection of online resources

The Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) seems to be continually in the news these days, and it's all well-deserved with a stream of new and unique resources and projects being delivered, one after the other to mark the Society's 80th anniversary.

In this instance, the Society has published a new database with links to articles published in the Society's highly-regarded journal, The Irish Genealogist, from 2002 to 2005 inclusive (Volume 11). The database can be searched by name; each entry in the search results links to a downloadeable pdf of the article in which the name appears.

In Volume 11, articles include references to the Society’s Farnham Manuscripts; Willamstown parish, Co. Galway; Griffith’s Valuation and the Poor Law Valuation; Galway Gentry; Cork Protestants; Catholic Converts; Nuns; Faulkner’s Dublin Journal newspaper and the Registry of Deeds. It also contains articles touching in some detail on families named Clare, Burke, Butler, Carew, Crowley, Daly, Fitzgerald, Forbes, Joyce, Keegan, Kenifeck, Langton, O’Brien, McDermott, McHugo, O’Neill. Power and Solsborough. In total, some 8,000 names are referenced.

While this new Volume 11 Names Database can be searched by any researcher, only IGRS members can download the articles. Future digitisation of TIG will be accessible in the same way.

However, the TIG Volume 10 (1998–2001) Names Database, with links to articles, has been freely available to both members and non-members for some 18 months. So, too, is a Names INDEX (no links to articles) covering 1937–2001 inclusive.

All three products – the Volume 1–10 Names Index 1937–2001, the Volume 10 Names Database 1998–2001 and the Volume 11 Names Database 2002–2005 – can be found on the IGRS's award-winning website,

Announcing details of the enhanced database collection, IGRS Chairman Steven Smyrl said: “We are thrilled to make The Irish Genealogist more accessible to genealogists and historians by placing it online. We hope in the coming months to extend the online database by uploading volumes published since 2011. The journal contains so much information, not available anywhere else.”

Keeping itself busy and active, the IGRS will be releasing more updates to its growing collection of online resources later this year.