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Friday, 29 June 2012

GRONI online by 2013

Outstanding news just in from the General Records Office of Northern Ireland (GRONI)!

A Genealogical and Certificate Application website project has recently gone out to tender. This will see the North's birth, marriage and death records digitised and made available in two strands. The first will be the launch of an online pay-to-view genealogical search facility of historical registration index data and images, accessible by family historians anywhere in the world. The second will see an internal (ie not available outside GRONI premises) search facility (also pay-to-view) hosting both historical and recent registration index data and images.

A spokesperson from the Department of Finance & Personnel has confirmed the following details exclusively to Irish Genealogy News:

The historic records site (anticipated 'live date' 2013) will hold records of
  • Births 1864 - 1913
  • Marriages 1845 - 1938
  • Deaths 1864 - 1963

The Public Search facility, available in the GRONI office only, will hold all records for the following registration types:

  • Births 1864 to date;
  • Marriages 1845 to date;
  • Deaths 1864 to date;
  • Adoptions 1931 to date; and
  • Civil Partnerships 2005 to date.

Have I died and gone to heaven? No. That will happen when GRO Ireland gets its act together and releases something similar for the Republic. But in the meantime, it's cheesy grins all round, eh?