Wednesday, 30 September 2015 updates civil registration indexes, the free website managed by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has had a major update, and it seems to have gone smoothly this time! (An attempt earlier this month accidently wiped millions of records from the site; it was quickly reversed.)

Birth indexes have been updated to include all entries over 100 years old, so they now cover 1864 to 1914 (mother's maiden names are included from 1900. Death indexes have been updated to include all entries from 1864 to 1964. In both cases, only the end year has been extended.

It's the update to the Marriage indexes which is the most significant. While the Marriage Index runs from 1845/1864 to 1939, 'Enhanced' records ie those that show both parties to a marriage, now start from 1882 (about 20 years earlier than was previously available). This development will be well-received by Irish family historians.