Parish Registers 1740 To 1880 Now Free Online

TipperaryMapAlmost 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] 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


4 comments to Parish Registers 1740 To 1880 Now Free Online

  • Michael

    It’s hard to believe it’s free.

  • Shilo

    Researching COUNTY as surname can anyone help me please.
    How many RC churches/graveyards are in Thurles or Stradavoher area.
    Anastasia/Antice COUNTY age 80 (nee Manton) died in 1868 also a Thomas County age 30
    in Stradavoher Thurles Tipperary. They must have been buried somewhere even in a pauper grave. I have been searching for over 35+years. Unable to find where – appreciate any help
    Thanks Shilo

  • Shilo

    Just to add to above posting name change maybe be Maher
    Michael County (Maher) m Anastasia/Antice Manton children

    Margaret County m Patrick Buckley moved to Geelong Victoria Australia.
    James County m Catherine McCarthy (parents James Mc Carthy m Mary Ryan)
    Mary County born 1839 died 1968 all above children died in Geelong Australia.
    James” Maher” and Catherine “Carty” married in South Australia 24/1/1860 on marriage certificate.
    Then on arriving in Geelong Victoria surname changed back to “County” on birth certificates ??
    James and Catherine are a mystery.

  • Researching Thomas Maher married to Bridget Kennedy from Thurles, last address I have was Stradavother. I was able to get the birth records of all the children. Most immigrated to NYC, except for 1 girl. There was a set of twins Patrick and Anastasia born sometime in the 1890’s. My grandfather was Joseph Michael Maher born 1900. Can anyone help me trace?

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