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Family history for free

Ancestry

Digging into your family tree? For the month of March only, Ancestry is offering free online access to its Catholic Parish Registers 1655-1915 database. A total of 10 million records will be available to search, including baptism, marriage and burial documents, covering over 1,000 parishes and more than 3,500 registers.

“We are delighted to make this collection available online through Ancestry, and in doing so help anyone with Irish roots – no matter where they are in the world – to discover more about their family history. With the addition of these 10 million records we now provide the largest online collection of Irish Catholic parish records globally, allowing people to save a lot of time researching their family tree from the comfort of their own home,” said Rhona Murray, family historian with Ancestry.

The online collection of documents represents an index of 373,000 images from each of the 3,500 Irish parish registers. Handwritten information has also been transcribed, making the search for a particular name a much easier process. “Indexing makes the search process so much easier. When researching these parish images previously you would need to browse them image by image which can be akin to finding a needle in a haystack. Now it is possible to search for a name and have the results presented within seconds. The power to dig into your family tree has never been easier,” Murray explained.

Several well known figures can also be found buried within these records, including novelist James Joyce, Arthur Griffith, founder of Sinn Féin, and James Hoban, who designed the White House. Written in English or Latin, the records also include family relationships, maiden names and names of godparents – all information that could help you piece together the puzzle of your family history.

“We are delighted to make this collection available online through Ancestry, and in doing so help anyone with Irish roots – no matter where they are in the world – to discover more about their family history,” added Murray. “With the addition of these 10 million records we now provide the largest online collection of Irish Catholic parish records globally, allowing people to save a lot of time researching their family tree from the comfort of their own home.”

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When not writing about all things personal finance, You & Your Money's editor Conor Forrest enjoys reading, football and getting lost in an ocean of Wikipedia articles.
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