Thursday, 19 April 2012

Ancestry adds IrishGenealogy burial records

The IrishGenealogy burial collection by another name
Ancestry has added a collection of 293,306 Irish burial records to its database.

This is the second Irish record set to be launched to its so-called Web Records collections, which deliver searchable indexes to online third-party databases and then refer researchers to those sites.

In this particular case, the third-party database is held on the website run by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht:

This method of delivering extra records to researchers is explained more fully in my post of 13 April, when the first Irish set of Web Records appeared on Ancestry. Basically, you can search for the death of an ancestor via the Ancestry site and will be provided with a results page of likely candidates; to see the detailed record you are taken to the third party site.

Ancestry has decided to call this second new data set the Ireland Burial Index 1600-1927. As is the way with Ancestry's naming patterns, the researcher needs to exercise some caution and take a look at the small print. The IrishGenealogy database covers only a tiny proportion of Ireland's burial records. It currently includes transcriptions and some images from the registers of parishes in the following areas:
  • CORK & ROSS (RC)
  • KERRY (RC)
For a more detailed look at the parishes included, see this page and click on the relevant area.