Tuesday 2 January 2018

C19th editions join online Church of Ireland Gazette

What a great start to the new Irish family history year!

The Church of Ireland's record repository, Representative Church Body Library (RCBL), has announced that all 19th-century editions of the Church of Ireland Gazette have been added to the online archive of the weekly newspaper.

This upload means a full archive of editions published from 1856 to 1923 is now freely accessible.

The RCBL holds the only complete hard-copy run of this newspaper, and through incremental digitization has gradually endeavoured to share its rich content with a wider audience.

Last April it confirmed funding had been allocated for the older copies to be digitised in time for the 150-year anniversary (in 2019) of the Church of Ireland's dis-establishment as the island's state church.

Now all editions for the 70-year period between March 1856, when the paper first appeared, up to and including the end of the Revolutionary period in December 1923 are shared for all.

The has been managed by the RCB Library in collaboration with the Editor and Board of The Church of Ireland Gazette.

Genealogists don't need to have Church of Ireland ancestors to find the Gazette valuable to their research. As well as exploring the major national and international issues of the day, the paper also carried localised church and social news, which would have been of relevance to all local communities whatever their beliefs.

To mark this significant enhancement of the newspaper's online database, this January's RCBL Archive of the Month provides insight to the relationship between the Church's laity and clergy, as revealed through Gazette articles.