Sunday 25 September 2016

Church records dating from 1740 go online

Published 09/07/2015 | 02:30

Paul Shovlin of the National Library; Arts Minister Heather Humphreys; Ciara Kerrigan, who oversaw the digitisation of parish registers at the National Library and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the launch of the new web-repository of parish records.
Photo: Steve Humphreys
Paul Shovlin of the National Library; Arts Minister Heather Humphreys; Ciara Kerrigan, who oversaw the digitisation of parish registers at the National Library and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the launch of the new web-repository of parish records. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Almost 150 years of Catholic parish registers containing information on births and marriages are available online.

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More than 370,000 digital images of records dating from the 1740s to the 1880s and covering 1,086 parishes throughout the island of Ireland can be accessed at registers.nli.ie.

The documents - which are considered to be the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 Census - were launched at the National Library of Ireland, which worked on digitising the microfilms for three years.

Irish Independent

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