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Wednesday, 29th April 2015
National Library of Ireland Announces Launch Date for New Online
– Almost 400,000 images of Catholic parish register microfilms to be
available online for free from 8th July 2015 –
The entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms held by the
National Library of Ireland (NLI) will be made available online – for
free – from 8th July 2015 onwards. On that date, a dedicated website
will go live, with over 390,000 digital images of the microfilm reels on
which the parish registers are recorded.
The NLI has been working to digitise the microfilms for over three years
under its most ambitious digitisation programme to date.
The parish register records are considered the single most important
source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 Census.
Dating from the 1740s to the 1880s, they cover 1,091 parishes throughout
the island of Ireland, and consist primarily of baptismal and marriage
Commenting today, the NLI’s Ciara Kerrigan, who is managing the
digitisation of the parish registers, said: “We announced initial
details of this project last December, and received a hugely
enthusiastic response from people worldwide with an interest in Irish
family history. We are delighted to announce that the project has been
progressing well, and we will be able to publish all the digitised
records online from 8th July onwards.
“This is the most significant ever genealogy project in the history of
the NLI. The microfilms have been available to visitors to the NLI since
the 1970s. However, their digitisation means that, for the first time,
anyone who likes will be able to access these registers without having
to travel to Dublin.”
Typically, the parish registers include information such as the dates of
baptisms and marriages, and the names of the key people involved,
including godparents or witnesses. The digital images of the registers
will be searchable by parish location only, and will not be transcribed
or indexed by the NLI.
“The images will be in black and white, and will be of the microfilms of
the original registers,” explained Ms. Kerrigan. “There will not be
transcripts or indexes for the images. However, the nationwide network
of local family history centres holds indexes and transcripts of parish
registers for their local areas. So those who access our new online
resource will be able to cross-reference the information they uncover,
and identify wider links and connections to their ancestral community by
also liaising with the relevant local family history centre.”
The NLI is planning an official launch event for the new online resource
on 8th July. Further details will be available in the coming weeks.
Contact: Martina Quinn / Sarah Harte, DHR Communications, Tel:
01-4200580 / 087-6522033 / 087-9858259
Notes to Editors:
The mission of the National Library of Ireland is to collect, preserve,
promote and make accessible the documentary and intellectual record of
the life of Ireland and to contribute to the provision of access to the
larger universe of recorded knowledge. It is open, free of charge, to
all those who wish to consult the collections for material not otherwise
available through the public library service or an academic library. The
Genealogical Office, the Office of the Chief Herald in Kildare Street,
and the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar are all part of the
National Library. Further information is available at www.nli.ie,
All those doing research in Cty Donegal,
I was doing some modifications to my websites dealing with "Workshops"
links and thought a reminder to new members (and old) that Boyd Gray a
member of various Lists and living in Donegal has produced an excellent
manual dealing with researching in County Donegal. A very good read
with many tips and helpful ideas on how to obtain data related to Donegal.
Along with this Boyd has produced ten (10) videos dealing with "How to"
research your Irish ancestors. Each video lecture deals with a
particular topic of interest to all of us. The ideas presented are
researching in Donegal but in actual fact the material applies to all of
Ireland. There are 10 films in the series all hosted on "You Tube", all
listed at the following link. The series of Workshop videos were
designed to assist those searching on the Internet, there are many
suggestion and tips showing how to get around the various web sites that
we (the diaspora) must utilize.
The links to the videos and PDF booklet are via my website.
Prime Site URL:
Alternate site URL:
Hope you find Boyd's material helpful.
Have a great day
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