The big news to hit the genealogy world this week, is that has just announced that they’ve added extra years to their Irish Birth, Death and Marriage (BDM) records collection. These records which include index entries as well as the images, are now available online and free to view.

The full range of records now available online are:

  • Birth records from 1864 to 1918
  • Marriage records from 1864 to 1943
  • Death records from 1878 to 1968

This digitisation process is part of a joint initiative by the Departments of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. The records were prepared and uploaded by the Civil Registration Service and officials from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan described the new additions of historic registers of births, marriages and deaths as “an exciting development in family history research for Irish people here and all Irish descendants around the world.” She also note that “since this online service became available in 2016 over 2.1 million visitors to the website have viewed these records.”

And if you need more good news, the General Register Office is currently working on adding further records of marriages dating back to 1845 and deaths back to 1864. They state that these will be included in future updates to the records available on the website, but no date has been given for that as yet.

So for everyone with Irish ancestors, head on over to Irish Genealogy, and check out their records.