Earlier this week, database giant Ancestry added a collection of County Kerry Burial Records 1898-2010 to its online search capability. Nothing so odd about that, I hear you say. Except that this collection is the one created last September (see report) and provided absolutely free of charge at www.kerrylaburials.ie. So what's it doing on Ancestry, I wondered.
From further investigation reveals that Ancestry has started adding records or indexes 'belonging' to third-party online publishers. (This isn't anything very new – Mocavo has built its following on just this technique and now claims to have six billion records indexed.)
County Kerry Burial Records 1898-2010 seems to be the first third-party collection added from outside North America.
To distinguish the third-party, free indexes from the pay-per-view/subscription collections, Ancestry is calling the former 'Web Records'.
If you already know of the Kerry burials site, the Ancestry route isn't necessary and simply adds another layer of searching. But if you were a researcher who didn't know of it, this third party search system would be most welcome.