Thursday, 4 November 2010

Irish Roman Catholic registers to be made available online

Here's some exciting news for all you lovely Scottish Catholics out there with Irish ancestry - the National Library of Ireland is planning to scan all of its 520 microfilms of Catholic registers and place them online.

That's the good news; the bad news is that they won't be transcribed, so you may have to browse through many illegible pages to find what you are looking for. The news comes from top Irish genealogist John Grenham, and posted by Claire Santry on the Irish genealogy news blog at

There's no timescale as yet - and if, like me, your Ulster ancestry is Church of Ireland and Presbyterian, one can only hope that this acts as a very useful precedent! :)

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I have Catholic, COI and Presbyterian ancestry, but mostly Presbyterian.

Most of the Catholic records are too late for my purposes, but it can't hurt to see the records of the area, late or not.