Monday 9 June 2014

IGRS Marriage Finder includes some real peculiarities

The Early Marriage Finder Index, a unique and free resource available through the Irish Genealogical Research Society, has been updated and now includes references to 50,020 marriages.

All the marriages pre-date the introduction of civil registration in Ireland. Some have been extracted from newspapers and diocesan marriage bonds. Other have been extracted from records held at the Registry of Deeds.

Some new sources appear in the most recent update, too, as Roz McCutchon FIGRS, the founder and manager of the Marriage Finder Index, explained to Irish Genealogy News. "In this latest update, I have included a curious collection of 58 marriage licence bonds issued not by a diocese, but by the Lismore Peculiar Jurisdiction in Co Waterford. In addition, my sister has sent me gleanings from the lettings diary kept by the agent to the Devonshire Estate in West Cork in the mid 1800s. The diary was saved from oblivion by our late father."

You can search the Early Marriage Finder Index here.