Friday 8 December 2023

FindMyPast improves its Irish RC parish marriages collection

Today's FindMyPast Friday announcement brings news that its Irish Roman Catholic parish marriages collection, which remains free to access, has been improved.

This important collection, which holds more than three million records dating to 1880/1 and is one of the key resources for family historians with connections to Ireland, offers transcriptions of register images hosted online by the National Library of Ireland at

A precise description of the improvement process has not been provided by FindMyPast. Instead, the company says that transcripts have been improved and some names previously not transcribed have now been included, which should mean there are now more individuals available to search.

It says significant improvements have been made to 19,000 records in the collection.

You'll find a list of RC parishes covered by this collection here. It includes the maximum time-span of records for each parish and there may be gaps within them.

FindMyPast also has indexes to both the NLI-sourced baptisms and burials. Whether these will be subjected to similar quality control efforts in the future, I don't know.