Tuesday 23 August 2022

Ancestry adds 1.2m entries to Ireland, UK & Global FindAGrave indexes

Ancestry has updated its many FindAGrave Indexes. Those for the UK & Ireland are as follows:

UK & Ireland, 1300s – Current:
More than 710,000 entries have been added in the four months to 18 August. In total, the collection now holds 14,651,323 indexed entries. Of these, just under one million (973,916) relate to Ireland ie the deceased may have been born in Ireland, died in Ireland or both.

There appears to be no distinction made between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, as all counties across the island have some coverage.

Global, Find a Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current
This collection has been updated with more than half a million entries over the last four months. It now holds a total of 13,288,732 records. Of these, 23,794 are indexed with details of a birth, death or burial in Ireland.

I've not studied this 'Global' record-set very deeply but I can't work out exactly what criteria are supposed to be used when the volunteer researcher chooses to record an entry in this collection and not another. In many cases, the place of death is known but the place of burial is uncertain. In other words, the researcher has not found a grave or marker, which doesn't seem to readily fit within the site's concept. In other examples, the place of birth and burial may be known, but the death itself took place somewhere else.

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