Saturday, 26 May 2012

Database updates its list of registers, the church records database set up by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has had a quiet update – so quiet, in fact, that I'd missed it!

Fortunately, genealogist Stuart McGee alerted me to it.

While the Home page (top image) tells you that the list of registers included in the database hasn't been updated for the
best part of two years, it turns out that
the list was updated last month.

Neat pdfs are now available for each of the areas covered. If you click from the Home page, you'll find a menu of options, listed by county plus religion (see right).

Click to download the one that you want to search, and you'll be rewarded with an attractive table of the parishes
indexed on the site; and details of the relevant years for baptisms, marriages and burials registers are shown for each parish (see example to the right, of the Carlow Church of Ireland table).

These tables are obviously very important to users of the site because family historians need to know what the database holds. Perhaps the powers-that-be could update the Home Page to encourage more users to check out these details.