The Irish Genealogical Research Society's Early Irish Marriage Index has been updated with an additional 5,000 entries. This latest update means there are now just over 70,000 marriages in the index, comprising about 155,000 names of brides and grooms and other relatives.
Roz McCutcheon, who created and manages the Marriage Index on behalf of the IGRS told Irish Genealogy News that this most recent update includes an unusually large number of references from the Registry of Deeds. "This is thanks not only to regular contributors to the Registry of Deeds Indexing Project database, but also to the happy three days of hunting I spent at Henrietta Street, Dublin, a couple of months ago.
"The newest additions also include licence bonds from various dioceses, including Elphin, Cork & Ross, Dublin, Cloyne & Meath, and I am also working steadily through the Chancery & Exchequer Bonds in the Swanzy Abstracts held by the Society."
You can find out more about the Swanzy Abstracts and their value to Irish genealogy research on the IGRS website, IrishAncestors.ie.
The IGRS Early Irish Marriage Index contains details of pre-1864 marriages only and is a free-to-access resource.