Latest on Cork Church records going online…

I just read this on Irishgenealogy.ie

Coming Soon

The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport is pleased to announce the addition of further Church Genealogy Records on this website[www.irishgenealogy.ie]. Church Baptism, Marriage and Burial records from pre-1900 are due to be added for Dublin City, Carlow, Cork (City and West Cork) and Kerry. These additional records along with the digital image of these records will be launched by Mary Hanafin, TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Archbishop of Dublin, The Most Rev. Dr. John R.W. Neill. This event will take place on Wednesday 16th June @6.00pm in St. Werburghs Church (near Christchurch) Dublin 2.


I confirmed that is is Catholic records which will be going online.

Addendum:

Initially this database contains the church records of much of the Dublin and Kerry Dioceses.

The Department is pleased to announce that the remaining Church of Ireland records of Dublin City, County Kerry and County Carlow are now being added. Also a subset of the Roman Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Cork & Ross are also being added. These additional records and digital images of the original of these record will also be available to view following their launch by Mary Hanafin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Archbishop of Dublin, The Most Rev. Dr. John R.W. Neill on Wednesday 16th June 2010.

Work has commenced to complete the computerisation of the remaining available Roman Catholic records for Dublin and the Diocese of Cork and Ross, which encompasses Cork City and all of the parishes in West Cork. It is intended to have elements of this project completed and available online by the end of 2010.[added may 2010]

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4 Responses to Latest on Cork Church records going online…

  1. Catherine Green says:

    Will be happy to see whatever is available after the next launch June 16, I have a question. What does it mean”Work has commenced to complete the computerisation of the remaining available Roman Catholic records for Dublin and the Diocese of Cork and Ross, which encompasses Cork City and all of the parishes in West Cork. It is intended to have elements of this project completed and available online by the end of 2010.” Are we to expect in June the complete or partial release, for the Catholic records of Cork (city) and west Cork? Also – are we to understand that all the available RC records of Kerry have been digitized and are on the site and only the C of I ones remain to be added? (Sadly, did not find my William O’Connor – Johanna Sheehan marriage in Kerry and not even one of the births of their four children there.)

    • mjordan says:

      Hi Catherine,

      I have issues with the roll out of these church records as well. The announcements reek of spin doctoring. I think this is in order to camouflage the detail. The government department which is providing the records seems to be “flying by the seat of its pants”. However, it is most welcome to have (i) Catholic church records appearing online and (ii) free access. The situation was untenable with FAS spending huge amounts of money over at least 15 years digitizing the records with no public availability. So, breaking that impasse is VERY welcome, essential and well over due. We, the public, of course have to take what is doled out whenever it is and in what ever way they can manage it. Their search facility sucks but we can work around that. Let us celebrate and encourage the powers that be, that they are finally doing the right thing albeit is amateurish at best.

      Margaret Jordan

  2. Catherine Green says:

    Compared to the previous situation we have had, of a fee per each record ordering, without any real clue of it being the right people or not, this is a great step. Just seems so vague whether it’s all or some or will be more added later on. I hope that putting the records online pays off well for them in tourism and that it is a win-win situation for everyone. I am very happy about the new records coming online and have put the great dates of June 3 (1901 census) and June 16 (Cork records) on my calendar! Thanks for your note – and for this Cork blog.

  3. Catherine Green says:

    Very glad to see the latest batch – am wondering if there were any news reports on the records release with any official comment as to the completeness of records for certain areas or whether “all existing” records for some areas have been indexed?

    It’s been a good first day at the site when I had time to try with it. Did not find a single answer to any of the family mysteries but did find the family that we have sacramental records from already. I started using this for “practice” with the search facility for this website. I found baptism of one of the known children of this same family, that a paid researcher had not found for us before. In trying searches, I learned that for “place” you can put the townland or the parish not just county in that box … I learned to use wild cards for first and last names as not all the children’s baptisms came up (still couldnt find all of them, using the site.)

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