Tuesday 23 February 2021

Irishgenealogy.ie clocked up 4.6m page views last year

The state-managed IrishGenealogy.ie had a rough weekend, spending most of Sunday and yesterday morning with its databases inaccessible to most researchers. Normal service had been restored by lunchtime on Monday.

The temporary loss of the site was hard felt. It holds indexes and images of nearly all 'historical' Irish civil registrations of birth (1864-1920), marriages (1845/1864-1945) and death (1864-1970... indexes only 1864-70), and they're all free to access. It also has a limited mixed denomination church registers collection for a few counties.

No wonder this site has become one of the most important and useful to Irish genealogists. Despite its rather lumpy search and delivery functions, it is much missed on those reasonably infrequent occasions when it is offline.

So, while rooting around the site yesterday trying to identify which parts of the site were offline, I was interested to come across some details of site usage. It tells that some 1,612,008 visits were made to the site in 2020, clocking up a total of 4,689,508 page views. These figures show a 9% increase in visitors on the previous year.

Another statement reminded me that the Civil Registration Service has plans for further development of the site. It intends to add registration records for those Irish personnel killed during WW1, army registers relating to births, deaths and marriages and similar registers maintained by the consular services. Further details on this extension project will be announced in due course. Here's hoping images of the missing death records (164-1870 incl) are uploaded first.

NOTE: The IrishGenealogy.ie site holds all-island civil records up to and including 1921; from 1922, it covers only the 26 counties that now form the Republic of Ireland. For Northern Ireland records, see GENI. Both jurisdictions have chosen to translate 'historical' as meaning births up to 100 years ago, marriages up to 75 years ago, and deaths up to 50 years ago; only historical records can be made available online.