Thursday 18 January 2018

Church records dating from 1740 go online

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
Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

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

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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