Wednesday, 3 August 2016

RCBLibrary relaunches List of Church of Ireland Parish Registers

The Representative Church Body Library will be relaunching its List of Church of Ireland Parish Registers this evening at a reception in St Audoen’s parish church, Dublin.

The list accounts for all Church of Ireland parochial registers of baptism, marriage and burial – noting what survives, the dates covered, and where they are located. Where registers were destroyed in the burning of the Public Record Office of Ireland (PROI) during the Irish Civil War in 1922, the list records details about abstracts and transcripts and where they are held.

In its new online version, the list has been reformatted into an accessible colour-coded resource. Additionally, it now includes live links to other websites holding indexes, transcripts and scanned images of parish registers. It will continue to be free to researchers.

The new resource has been produced by the RCB Library in collaboration with the Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) who undertook the project as a celebration of its 80th anniversary. The reworking of the list was carried out by your truly, and I believe it will quickly become a first port of call for all family historians intending to research their ancestral connections through Church of Ireland parish registers.

The formalities of the evening will be conducted by John McDonough, Director of the National Archive of Ireland, and the List will be available as the RCBL's Archive of the Month (August).

I'll blog a report of the launch in a day or so.