I have been meaning to blog about this wonderful resource for quite awhile now but a recent letter to the Irish Examiner newspaper has spurred me on. I was reminded by the writer that the online free Civil Records Index is not well publicised in Ireland…and certainly not by the GRO, although they benefit from a much larger number of people applying for certificates and photocopies of certificates.
enables you to search through many different collections which are useful for family history research. These include the Irish Civil Records Index upto 1958 as well as some Irish church records. The website is described as “beta”, which means it is being tested. I use it frequently and with practice, it can be utilized to a high level of success. I advise using the “advanced search” which can be carefully manipulated to produce excellent results.
The slightly older: http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#start is described as a “pilot” website in the title and a “prototype” on the original website: http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp.
I am not sure what is going on behind the scenes but I welcome the provision of these absolutely wonderful search facilities.
Along with the 1901, 1911 Census returns and the addition of some Irish church records to the web, Irish genealogy has become a lot easier. I am still waiting for more Catholic Church records to be added to the website:http://www.genealogy.ie. I am especially looking forward to seeing the Catholic records for St. Mary’s and St. Anne’s, Shandon added. These have been digitized by Fas and the Cork County Library.