Wednesday, 21 September 2011

MAJOR News - Ancestry releases Irish civil registration indexes

Ancestry ( has released the following collections online

Ireland, Catholic Parish Marriages and Banns, 1742-1884
Ireland, Catholic Parish Baptisms, 1742-1881
Ireland, Civil Registration Deaths Index, 1864-1958
Ireland, Civil Registration Births Index, 1864-1958
Ireland, Civil Registration Marriages Index, 1845-1958
Ireland, Births and Baptisms, 1620-1911
Ireland, Catholic Parish Deaths, 1756-1881

Some excellent materials there - one down side though, is that as with the FamilySearch offering for civil marriage indexes, there is no way to search for matching partners on the search screen - BUT - you CAN click to see others on the page on a search return. I have just tried to find my 2xgt gramps Cochrane Watton, and in seeing who else is on the page, four women are returned, one of whom is Elizabeth Holmes, who was indeed his wife. In other words, this has just trumped FamilySearch.

I knew the Catholic records were coming, but had no idea about the civil registration records! There's no details yet as to whether the civil records collection is more comprehesive than FamilySearch after Partition in 1921 - no doubt Ancestry will have a press release out soon!

UPDATE: Unfortunately it looks like this collection is as incomplete as the FamilySearch collection for post-Partition entries for Northern Ireland, i.e. from 1922 onwards. So almost completely effective for the Republic from 1845-1958 (one or two minor gaps not filmed by the Mormons), and for the north from 1845-1921, with some hit and miss entries for the north from 1922 onwards. Nevetherless, still an important resource.



moonlustie said...

Well I can sort of understand their thinking. After partition NI became part of the UK and Ireland was a separate state. So technically post 1922 records should be in the UK collection.

Whether that has happened in practice is another matter

Chris Paton said...

There is no UK collection of civil registration records on Ancestry. Only English and Welsh indexes.


Anonymous said...

Looks good for marriages anyway, now I have the oppourtunity to try and identify a marriage and birth ! Still not sure why the Irish government can't do a scotlands people type site ... even a free one if so be !?

Chris Paton said...

Sadly I think the Irish governments, both north and south, are more interested in screwing the diaspora for every penny they can get out of it just now with tourist gimmicks such as Certificates of Irishness (plastic paddy certs). Latest I've read is that a new index for Roscommon held GRO records is still four years away.