In the latest update to its exclusive Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes, the Irish Genealogical Research Society has added some 10,000 new entries to its Birth Index. This index, which draws on entries from lesser-known and underused sources, all pre-dating civil registration of birth, now tots up to 20,000 records.
Among the sources used for this latest update are an Index of Nuns, a 'census' of Roman Catholics in Kirkinriola parish in County Antrim, and emigration records.
While only members of the IGRS can access the full Early Irish Birth Index database, non-members can make a free but restricted 'surname-only' search of the Index.
Full details can be found on the Society's website: IrishAncestors.ie.