Wednesday 18 May 2016

RootsIreland introduces a 24-hour access option has introduced a one-day/24-hour subscription offer for those anticipating an intensive genealogy workout.

If you're planning a short and heavy period of Irish family history research, this could be extremely useful, as RootsIreland is the only sizeable online database holding millions of records not only from the Roman Catholic parish registers but also from Church of Ireland, Presbyterian, Baptist and Methodist registers, and those of other smaller denominations, as well as transcriptions from civil registration birth, marriage and death certificates (ie not indexes) covering half the island.

Unlike other databases, most of RootsIreland's church and civil records run well into the 20th century.

It's true that RootsIreland's search facility used to drive researchers to distraction with its restrictive search fields. However, the site has seen many improvements over the last year or so, including a highly successful quality check; personally, I now find it easier to search church and civil records on RootsIreland than on any of the alternatives.

The new 24-hour sub costs €10 / £8 / US$11, and if you sign up for a 1-month, 6-month or 12-month sub within 30 days of your 'workout', the price paid for the 24-hour sub will be deducted from the cost of the new subscription.

Full details here.