Friday 14 August 2020

Dublin Gazette and Belfast Gazette join FindMyPast

FindMyPast has added the Dublin Gazette, 1750-1800 and the Belfast Gazette, 1922-2018 to its Irish genealogy collection.

A sample page from The Dublin Gazette, which comes complete
with shadowed and distorted text on a large proportion of pages.
Dublin Gazette 1750-1800
The Gazette includes corporate and personal insolvency notices, personal legal notices relating to deceased estates, company notices and profiles such as the incorporation of a company, and state notices, for example, Bills receiving Royal Assent. It also contains birth, marriage and death notices, similar to newspaper Announcements, and advertisements, often of the snake-oil variety.

The same Dublin Gazette collection is available free but downloadable only as large, slow pdfs on the Oireachtas Library site.

While the FindMyPast version offers easier searching and a quicker route to the page you want to view, it uses the exact same images as those on the Oireachtas site, complete with 'spine problem' of shaded and distorted text where the bound volumes open (see image, above). Since this is not a free version, you'd think FindMyPast might have reimaged the volumes and worked a bit harder to produce clearer content.

Belfast Gazette 1922-2018
Following partition, a new Gazette was published in Northern Ireland containing a similar range of news to the Dublin, London and Edinburgh versions. The Belfast Gazette is available free at the official The Gazette site, which has an efficient search engine.

The London Gazette and Edinburgh Gazette have also joined FindMyPast. Like the Belfast Gazette, they are also available free at the official Gazette site (see link above).

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