Friday 6 January 2023

Expanded 'List of Church of Ireland Parish Registers' published

The List of the Church of Ireland Parish Registers has been through its annual update and the new edition can now be downloaded in pdf format by clicking the image below. The publication is an essential tool for genealogists, many of whom file the most recent version on their desktop for speedy access throughout the year.

Click to download the free pdf.

Now running at 100 pages, the List details – parish by parish – the surviving and lost baptism, marriage and burial registers across the island, providing the years covered by each parish's volumes, and information about where researchers can access any manuscripts, digitised copies or transcriptions. Although the RCB Library has the largest single collection of Church of Ireland registers (it holds registers for 1,224 parishes), some remain in other repositories or in local custody.

The RCB Library advises that the most recent update of the List includes significant additions of newly-accessioned parish collections as well as additions to the RCBL's existing holdings.

Researchers might also be interested to read the Library's January Archive of the Month. It is a commemoration of Church of Ireland church buildings that are now closed and features Church of Ireland Gazette reports from the time making it a valuable addition to the rich tapestry of the story of the Church of Ireland. Read the Archive feature here.