Friday, 11 February 2011

Forthcoming Irish developments

The Rootstech conference is currently underway in Utah, and I've been following the tweets of the National Archives' Audrey Collins today at a talk given by Brian Donovan of Eneclann. Audrey writes a blog called The Family Recorder at and tweets at @audreycollins23. She's been reporting all sorts of developments, one or two I'm familiar with, and what seems like dozens which I am not!

Here are some of Audrey's tweets:

* Irish GRO are re-keying their indexes, but progress is slow. But FamilySearch have indexes online up to 1958 :)

* The future: Tithe Applotment books begin digitised by

* National Library has Catholic registers, will be digitised, may go online

* Irish Registry of Deeds set up 1707, 600k registered up to 1830, 1.5 million 1830-1929, digitisation may start late 2011

* Landed Estates Court records, from mid-C19th now indexed, online in 2-3 months. Sale catalogues of estates being broken up

* Irish prison records c4-6 million prisoners C19th, online this summer with Eneclann, details of families & victims too

* Irish Petty Sessions, from 1821, full record keeping from 1851, 15 million cases to 1910, phased release online from mid-2011

* Irish Revolutionary period 1912-23. Some already on Eneclann CDs, more online soon, including TNA (Kew) records :)

* 35K Army search and raid reports, court martial records, intelligence files to come

Audrey is also blogging about her time at the conference (she is also giving a talk there), so keep up with her developments at The Family Recorder or sign up to her account at Twitter!

(With a huge thanks to Audrey!)

UPDATE: One other detail from Marie Dougan (@dougangene):

* Looking forward to lots more Irish records online from Eneclann #rootstech. New website to be launched St Patrick's day!

(Thanks also to Marie)

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for this great tip, Chris.

Chris Paton said...

No probs, though credit should go to Audrey, Brian and Marie really! :)