Tuesday 19 September 2023

The Genealogist adds County Laois RC parish registers collection

TheGenealogist, best known for its collection of English, Scottish and Welsh records, especially land records, has this week added another big record set to its Irish collection.

The new record-set provides a fresh index to the National Library of Ireland's online images of Roman Catholic parish registers covering County Laois, previously known as County Leix and as Queen's County from 1556 to 1922.

Most of the Laois parishes have records from the 1830s, but there are many that start some time before this date; the parish of Rosenallis, in the north of the county and bordering County Offaly, reaches back to 1765 for marriages and baptisms.

In total, the new index provides entries for more than 500,000 individuals. Each entry links to the NLI's image.

This is the fourth Irish county to be included in the databases collection of RC parish registers. They join indexes and links for parish records in counties Carlow, Kildare and Wexford. You can view the full list of parishes included here.