Friday 18 December 2015

FindMyPast adds Dublin Church of Ireland registers

FindMyPast's regular Friday delivery has seen a collection of early Church of Ireland parish register records, all from Dublin, added to both the Ireland and World databases.

The records come from the Parish Register Society of Dublin (RPS), a group formed in 1905 to publish some of the records in the earliest registers from the Church of Ireland's parishes, then held at the Public Record Office at the Four Courts and subsequently lost in the 1922 fire. The organisation merged with the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead. In total, the RPS published 16 volumes.

Not all of these volumes are in FindMyPast's collection. The contents of the FindMyPast's collection are:
  1. The Registers of the Church of St Michan, 1636-1700: Christening, marriage, and burial records. (RPS Volumes 2, 3 & 7, published 1909).part of the Parish Register Society of Dublin series, comprising volumes 2, 3, and 7.

  2. The Register of the Parish of St Peter and St Kevin, 1669-1761: Christening, marriage, and burial records (RPS Volume 9, published 1911)

  3. The Registers of St John the Evangelist, 1619-1699: Christening, marriage and burial records, plus entries from Churchwarden's Books, lists of local tax (cess) payers and more. (RPS Volume 1, published 1906)

  4. The Register of St Nicholas Without, 1694-1739: Christening, marriage and burial records. (RPS Volume 10, published 1912)

  5. The Registers of St Catherine, 1636-1715 and St James, 1636–1687: In addition to the parish registers, the records include extracts from the Subsidy Roll, City of Dublin, 1637 and from the Hearth Money Roll for the City of Dublin, 1666-67.(RPS Volume 5, published 1908)

  6. The Registers of St. Patrick 1677-1800: Christening and burial records. (RPS Volume 2, published 1907)

  7. Marriage Entries from the Registers of the Parishes of St Andrew, St Anne, St Audoen, & St Bride, 1632-1800 (RPS Volume 11, published 1913)

  8. Marriage Entries in the Registers of the Parishes of St Marie, 1697-1800; St Catherine, 1715-1800; St Luke, 1716-1800 and St Werburgh, 1704-1800. (RPS, published 1915)
These Church of Ireland records are also available (in nearly all cases with additional years of coverage) at the free state-managed Register sets numbered 1–5 above are also searchable (free) at FamilySearch in its Ireland Marriages 1619–1898 collections but with no images, while register sets numbered 1–4 above are also searchable (not free) at Ancestry in its parish register collection, with browseable images.

The books themselves are freely available in many libraries, among them the Dublin City Library & Archive in Pearse Street (Reading Room), Dublin 2, and it's possible to buy reprinted copies from the Representative Church Body Library in Churchtown, Dublin 14.