Almost 300 years of Catholic Parish Registers, containing valuable information on births and marriages and held by the National Library of Ireland, are now currently available online, as and from today.
Dating from the 1740’s to the 1880’s, these records cover the entire island of Ireland and can now be accessed free of charge.
This new dedicated website [See http://registers.nli.ie/] now offers over 390,000 digital images of parish registers.
Parish register records are considered the single-most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 Census. Covering more than a 1,000 parishes across the island of Ireland, these registers consist primarily of baptismal and marriage records and typically includes information such as dates of baptisms and marriages and the names of key people involved, e.g. Witnesses or Godparents.
With the making of these records available, same will mean that those interested in research will now be able to trace their ancestry free and online from as far back as 1740.
For most genealogy researchers, parish registers provide the earliest direct source of family information making available real evidence of direct links between one generation and the next.
Those seeking details of persons known to have been born here in Thurles for just one example, can access all local registers at link http://registers.nli.ie/parishes/0280.