Monday, 5 January 2009

Online Irish birth, marriage and death indexes update

For the last year and more, the Family Search team at Utah have been co-ordinating a project to digitise and index the original indexes to Irish statutory births, marriages and deaths. This will revolutionise the ability to carry out Irish research once they are released, with Irish indexes still the only records in the British Isles that cannot be viewed online; an appalling situation considering the lack of records that are available for those to research their Irish ancestors, many having been destroyed in 1922 during the Irish Civil War.

I have been contacted by several people wishing to know why these have not yet been made available on Family Search's Records Search pilot site at http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=0 , and as such I contacted the team at Utah to try to gain an update on the situation.

In response, I have been told that 'the Irish projects have required additional programming due to additional fields extracted and localities needed in order to yield effective patron search experiences on the Record Search pilot'. It is hoped that the records will be added 'soon'.

So hold on just a while longer - it will definitely be worth it!

Chris

www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That will be really great. I am getting nowhere with my mother's side of the family from Ballynahinch and Ballymacarn in Northern Ireland. This can only be a good thing, and I look forward to this with great anticipation.

Dorothy