Thursday 9 February 2017

FindMyPast launches Catholic Heritage Archive
FindMyPast has launched the Catholic Heritage Archive, a collection consisting mainly of baptism, marriage and burial records. The intention is to create a collection of some 100 million records from the sacramental registers of Ireland, England, Scotland and the US.

Ireland's RC registers up to 1880/81, which were added to FindMyPast last year, automatically gained a place within this new collection.

They are joined by 3million records from the Registers for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the USA and the Archdioceses of Birmingham and Westminster in England.

These will be followed in due course by records from two more American Archdioceses: New York and Baltimore.

The announcment goes on to say that many of the records are free to access ie you don't need a subscription. Trouble is, there's no explanation of which records are free and which are not. Nor can I find a list of the records or collections or parishes included in this Catholic Heritage Archive. I've searched the A-Z and got a big fat zilch. Let's hope they improve the detail going forward because this lack of clarity/transparency is becoming a real issue with FindMyPast.

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