Monday 6 April 2015

Civil registration indexes return to

The Irish civil registration indexes are back online at! Well, I say they're back... On the home page, they're there one minute, gone the next. Presumably this will settle down during the day. (The link I've just given appears stable, so far.)

Following their undignified and speedy removal last year, they have, as expected, been returned to us on the state-run site with the 100-year (births 1864–1914), 75-year (marriages 1845/1864–1939) and 50-year (deaths 1864–1864) ruling in place, as operates in Northern Ireland without the world falling in.

As far as I can see, mother's maiden surnames are included in the birth records from 1900. I was able to find a couple of earlier birth examples, with maiden names, for my Driscoll family (see below), but none for either Santry or Kelly, so it seems a little haphazard.

Anyway, good to see them back.

(Thanks to Stuart McGee, who was up early this Easter Bank Holiday Monday!)

Wednesday 8 April (10:54am): Looks like the site is fully restored now and you can reach the Civil Records via the Home Page again.

Monday 20 April: Watch out for missing records! John Grenham has been investigating the revised collection in his Irish Times column.