Wednesday 6 January 2021

Digital editions of Irish Manuscripts Commission publications are now downloadable (free) in pdf format

With the retirement of the once-ubiquitous Adobe Flash Player plug-in, the Irish Manuscripts Commission (IMC) has withdrawn its Read Online flip-book service, which provided online access to its out-of-print editions.

In its place, IMC Digital Editions are now available as free downloadable pdfs. These have been created from high-resolution scans and each one is searchable. The downside is that some of the files are quite large (Pender's Census of Ireland 1659, for example, is 128Mb), but most are in the more manageable ballpark of 45Mb.

The 56 titles now available in pdf format includes some valuable resources for Irish genealogists, including the three volumes of Registry of Deeds Dublin abstracts of wills covering 1708 to 1832, Pender's Census a/a, King’s Inns Admission Papers 1607–1867, and The Civil Survey AD 1654-56 for several counties.

To mark the change of delivery method, the IMC has added 10 more digital resources to its Digital Editions library. They are:

  • 1932 Genealogical tracts I, Toirdhealbhach Ó Raithbheartaigh (ed.)
  • 1937 Déssi Genealogies, Séamus Pender (ed.)
  • 1932 Lebor Bretnach: the Irish version of the Historia Britonum ascribed to Nennius, A G Van Hamel (ed.)
  • 1936 Irish Monastic and Episcopal Deeds from the Ormond collection, Newport B White (ed.)
  • 1940 Leabhar Muimhneach, Tadhg Ó Donnchadha (ed.)
  • 1949 Commentarius Rinuccinianus, … 1645–1649, vol. vi: I: History and authorship, Fr Stanislaus Kavanagh; II: Synoposis and indices, Newport B White, (6 vols, 1932–49)
  • 1945 Corpus Inscriptionum Insularum Celicarum, Vol. I, R A S Macalister (ed.), (2 vols, 1945–49)
  • 1945 Corpus Inscriptionum Insularum Celicarum, Vol. II, R A S Macalister (ed.), (2 vols, 1945–49)
  • 1960 Dowdall Deeds, Charles McNeill and A J Otway–Ruthven (eds)
  • 1960 Fitzwilliam Accounts from the Annesley Collection, A K Longfield (ed.)

(h/t and thanks to Nuala)