300 Years of Catholic Parish Registers Go Online

 Wednesday 08 July 2015

The records cover the entire island of Ireland and can be accessed free of charge online from 1pm today
The records cover the entire island of Ireland and can be accessed free of charge online from 1pm today

Almost 300 years of Catholic parish registers, containing information on births and marriages, held by the National Library of Ireland are being made available online.

Dating from the 1740s to the 1880s, the records cover the entire island of Ireland and can be accessed free of charge online from 1pm today.

The dedicated website has over 390,000 digital images of parish registers.

The parish register records are considered the single-most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 Census.

Covering more than a 1,000 parishes throughout the island of Ireland, the registers consist primarily of baptismal and marriage records.

They typically include information such as dates of baptisms and marriages, and the names of key people involved, such as witnesses or godparents.

Making the records available will mean Irish Catholics will now be able to trace their ancestry online as far back as 1740.

For most genealogy researchers, parish registers provide the earliest direct source of family information as they can provide evidence of direct links between one generation and the next .

The documents may be accessed online at registers.nli.ie.

Acknowledgement: National Library of Ireland, Dublin

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About edwardologhlen

Provide periodic newsletters for the international Clan, Muintir Uí Lochlainn and have a particular interest in ensuring our various members have an opportunity to record their emigration-stories, through the printed word.
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2 Responses to 300 Years of Catholic Parish Registers Go Online

  1. BrendO says:

    A very important development. Thanks for the news Edward

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  2. This is a great site and a very useful tool for clan searches. I can see myself spending many hours scrolling through it.

    Like

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