|Free access to the entire Irish collection starts 9am, Tuesday|
In order to access the Index, researchers will need only to have a registered account; they won't need a subscription.
The NLI's image-only RC parish register collection was launched online last July. It spans more than 200 years of Irish history, with the earliest records dating from 1671. The majority of the registers from the 1,000-odd parishes start in the early 1800s and most end in 1880-82.
The registers hold around 40million names and cover almost all of the island (only a few parishes are not included).
Via the FindMyPast Index, the entire collection can now be searched by name, year and place. The Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms record set holds 7.3million entries; the Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Marriages record set holds 3 million entries; the Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Burials record set holds just under quarter of a million entries.
To celebrate the release of this essential collection, Findmypast is also making its entire archive of over 110 million Irish records FREE from 9am Tuesday 1 March until 9am on Tuesday 8 March. If you don't already have an Ireland or World subscription, simply register for an account with one of the FindMyPast territories below; no financial information will be requested.
Researchers who have a current Ireland or World subscription will have their subscription extended by three days; this will be confirmed by email to each subscriber.
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