Monday, 25 September 2023 adds RC baptisms from Kerry's Annascaul parish has added some 5,410 baptism records from the Roman Catholic parish of Annascaul to its database.

These additions span 1819–1899 and join recently uploaded marriage records. The latter collection has a slightly longer span: 1809–1911. In both cases, these records pre-date and post-date the National Library of Ireland's online imaged collection.

The parish is also known as Ballanvohir. It is located on the south side of Kerry's Dingle Peninsula.

For an up-to-date list of the Kerry records held on RootsIreland, click the image above.

Thursday, 21 September 2023

County Kildare's Grand Jury Presentment and query books digitised

More than 6,000 pages of Grand Jury Presentments and Query Books have been digitised by Kildare County Archives. They are now online, free to download in pdf format and to explore to your heart's content. 

The Grand Jury system of local government was set up in the medieval period. It was initially concerned with the administration of justice, and juries were made up of wealthy local landowners. The Courts sat just twice a year, at the spring and summer assizes. By the 18th and 19th centuries, the Grand Jury had taken on more responsibilities including the management and maintenance of hospitals, asylums, dispensaries, gaols and some other public buildings, and the provision of roads.

The books contain the names of many individuals: contractors taking on public works, medical staff and those caring for deserted children. 

County Kildare's surviving and newly digitised Grand Jury materials can be downloaded from the link above. 

For more about the Grand Jury, see the People, Place and Power flip-book for an informative read, or view a video (here) of "Beyond 2022: People, Place and Power Grand Jury Records & Local History" event held in May 2021.

Wednesday, 20 September 2023

City Colleges' Certificate course in Family History starts next week

An online Family History course, run in collaboration between Accredited Genealogists Ireland and City Colleges, Dublin, will start on Thursday 28 September. It is a foundation course and will run for 10 weeks.

All lecturers hold credentials as Members of Accredited Genealogists Ireland. Students will be introduced to the building blocks of genealogy such as civil records, church records and census records, and are guided through other exciting resources such as land surveys and historic newspapers.

All training is provided live, online, with real-time instructor-student interaction.

Those who successfully complete the course receive the City Colleges Professional Certificate Award for Family History Research.

An Advanced Level Diploma course will run in the Spring 2024 term. Those that complete the foundation course in the Autumn term will have an option to continue their studies to the higher level.

For details of the course's structure, timetables, modules and lecturers, see the City Colleges website or phone 00 353 1 4160034.

Tuesday, 19 September 2023

More South Tipperary RC marriages join

More than 2,220 marriage recordsd from the Roman Catholic parish of Boherlahan & Dualla have been added to's South Tipperary database. They join 11,000+ recently uploaded baptism records from the same parish. Both record sets span 1810–1900.

Take a look at the full menu of online sources for South Tipperary here, or learn more about the Bru Boru Heritage Centre, where these registers were transcribed, by clicking the logo above.

The Genealogist adds County Laois RC parish registers collection

TheGenealogist, best known for its collection of English, Scottish and Welsh records, especially land records, has this week added another big record set to its Irish collection.

The new record-set provides a fresh index to the National Library of Ireland's online images of Roman Catholic parish registers covering County Laois, previously known as County Leix and as Queen's County from 1556 to 1922.

Most of the Laois parishes have records from the 1830s, but there are many that start some time before this date; the parish of Rosenallis, in the north of the county and bordering County Offaly, reaches back to 1765 for marriages and baptisms.

In total, the new index provides entries for more than 500,000 individuals. Each entry links to the NLI's image.

This is the fourth Irish county to be included in the databases collection of RC parish registers. They join indexes and links for parish records in counties Carlow, Kildare and Wexford. You can view the full list of parishes included here.

Monday, 18 September 2023

Two new online resources free to access in County Clare libraries

Here's some great news for genealogists and historians living in or visiting County Clare.

Over the last couple of months, Clare Libraries have been busy rolling out two new resources across the county's 15 branch libraries and one Local Studies Centre. They are (drum roll, please) the Irish Newspaper Archives and FindMyPast, two of the most important digital resources for Irish family historians.

Both databases are now free to access on library computers. Researchers needs to have a library membership card, that's all, and they can then search and download and print or save articles to their account.

For more information visit or email localstudies @

2-week update summary for English, Scottish & Welsh genealogy

Below is a two-week summary of newly released and updated family history record collections for England, Scotland and Wales from the major genealogy databases. (Previous list, 4 September.)

My regular summary of releases and updates relating to British collections is designed to help family historians whose Irish ancestors migrated, temporarily or permanently, to England, Scotland or Wales.

By default, it will also be useful to anyone carrying out research in those three nations, regardless of the origin of their ancestors.

The figures in parentheses in the New Collections section are the numbers of records (or images, if browse-only) in the new record set.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parentheses in the Updated Collections section reflect the number of records added to the collection in the recent update. In some instances, the supplier has not made this figure available so the figure is the new total. Where two figures are given, the first is the number of additions, the second is the new total.

Please note that I don't usually include updates of fewer than 1,000 records.



BritishNewspaperArchive (and shared with FindMyPast)







FreeBMD Index

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Friday, 15 September 2023

FindMyPast introduces 3-month Premium subscriptions

FindMyPast has launched a 3-month version of its Premum subscription. This new 'bitesize' option provides exactly the same 'all in' access as the annual Premium sub (until now the only option for those wanting to explore the 1921 Census of England and Wales) but for a shorter period.

The 38million records held in the 1921 Census is available online exclusively at FindMyPast.

A 3-month subscription is likely to suit those researchers who, for whatever reason, need only a short and sweet access to this census collection. I imagine it will be popular among Irish family historians whose ancestors may have hopped over the water on a temporary or permanent stay, and those other researchers trying to pin down extended family of their emigrant forbears. 

Whatever the attraction, this new option gives genealogists greater flexibility in planning and approaching their research.

Please note that if existing subscribers who wish to upgrade can do so on a pro-rata basis.

Find out more and place your order for a three-month premium subscription by choosing one of the flags or links below.

FindMyPast Ireland – new 3-month PREMIUM subscription: €69.99.

FindMyPast US/Canada – 3-month PREMIUM subscription: US$89.99.

FindMyPast UK – new 3-month PREMIUM subscription: £59.99.

FindMyPast Aus/NZ – new 3-month PREMIUM subscription: $109.99.

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Thursday, 14 September 2023

Irish Registry of Deeds Index Project continues to add records

The free-to-access database of the volunteer-led Irish Registry of Deeds Index Project has been updated. The main index now holds 565,018 indexed entries (up by nearly 35,000 since the start of the year) gathered from 58,403 memorials of deeds.

The Townland Index has also shown impressive growth over the same timeframe.

These indexes are one of the main finding aids for researchers, allowing them to search for memorials according to the townland location of property and land transferred by the paperwork. Just over 60,000 entries have joined the Project's index since January, and the total number is now 436,104.

To help researchers gain greater familiarity with the Registry of Deeds' material (and perhaps become a Project volunteer?), the founder and manager of the Project, Nick Reddan FIGRS, draws our attention to a particular memorial each time he updates the database.

For the most recent update, he has highlighted memorial number 376480, which was registered on 17 May 1804. Nick admits it's a complex one. "It's a little difficult to understand what is said and what is unsaid," he says. "It appears to be a blended family, with the eldest son of Charles Green being assigned rights to a property in county Tipperary having undertaken to make provision, when his father dies, for his stepmother and step-siblings."

View the Index entry here and consult the memorial's full text on the FamilySearch image here.

Tuesday, 12 September 2023

Submissions invited to consultation on creation of National Centre for Research and Remembrance at former Magdalene Laundry

Sorry for the late notification.

If you, or someone you know, wants to be part of a public consultation into how a former Magdalene laundry in Dublin's inner city could best be transformed into a place of commemoration for all those who went through all those who went through Ireland's brutal mother and baby homes and industrial schools, you'll need to submit a completed questionnaire by Friday 15 September.

The building, on Sean McDermott Street in Dublin 1, was the last such laundry to close in Ireland (in 1996). It is still owned by the state, and was saved from commercial redevelopment in 2019 and given the protection of Site of Conscience status.

Last year, the Government gave approval for it to become a National Centre for Research and Remembrance.

The National Centre will comprise:

  • A museum and exhibition space, the development of which will be led by the National Museum of Ireland
  • A research centre and repository of records related to institutional trauma in the 20th century, which will form part of the National Archives; and
  • a garden space for reflection and remembrance.

In addition, social housing units, educational, family and parenting supports will be constructed, which will make a valuable contribution to the social and economic development of Dublin’s North East Inner City.

Work is underway to progress the planning and development stages of the National Centre, and a Steering Group is driving this work. The Group is now inviting submissions from interested parties, to an initial, open consultation process. Anyone who spent time in one of these institutions, as well as the relatives and advocates, is invited to respond, as their feedback will directly inform the ongoing work.

You'll find more information and a link to the questionnaire, on this page.

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