If you have Irish ancestry, this is the event that you’ve been waiting for. The release of the Irish Catholic Parish Records. Online. With images. And indexed!
These records cover Irish history from the 1670s through until 1900, and contain 40 million names, from over 1000 parishes across all 32 counties of Ireland
There’s no doubt that this collection is the important resource for Irish ancestors prior to the 1901 census, and using them allows researchers to trace their roots back to Pre-Famine Ireland.
As a special offer Findmypast is giving users free access to their entire Irish collection of over 110 million records (including the new Irish Catholic Parish Records) from Tuesday 1st of March until Tuesday 8th March (note this is UK time).
Their Press Release says the following …
Leading family history site, Findmypast, has announced today the online release of over 10 million Irish Catholic Parish Registers as part of their ongoing commitment to making Irish family history easier and more accessible than ever before. Fully indexed for the first time, the registers form one of the most important record collections for Irish family history and are free to search forever.
Spanning over 200 years of Ireland’s history from 1671-1900, the Irish Catholic Parish Registers contain over 40 million names from over 1,000 parishes and cover 97% of the entire island of Ireland, both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.
This is the first time that National Library of Ireland’s collection of Irish Catholic Registers has been fully indexed with images to the original documents linked online. The records can now be searched by name, year and place, allowing relatives and historians the opportunity to make all important links between generations with the baptism records and between families with the marriage registers.
The indexing of these important documents also allows researchers to witness the devastating effects of the Great Famine (1845-1852) first hand. Using the records to examine baptism rates in pre and post Famine Ireland has revealed that the number of children baptised across the whole of Ireland dropped by more 50% in the decade that followed. Across all 32 counties, 2,408,694 baptisms were recorded from 1835-1844, while 1,109,062 baptisms were recorded between 1851 and 1860, a difference of more than 1,299,000 baptisms.
The records also reveal the worst affected regions, with counties Limerick, Wexford, Roscommon and Kilkenny seeing the most dramatic drops in baptism rates.
To celebrate the release of this essential collection, Findmypast is also making its entire archive of over 110 million Irish records, the largest available anywhere online, FREE from 9am Tuesday 1st March to 9am on Tuesday 8th March. Findmypast is home to the most comprehensive online collection of Irish family history records with millions of exclusive records, published in partnership with The National Archives of Ireland, The National Archives UK, and a host of other local, county and national archives.
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As with all free offers from these places, your will need to register if you don’t already have a subscription. Make the most of this opportunity to search for your Irish family.
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