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# Tuesday, 01 March 2016
NOW: Search Free Irish Catholic Parish Registers on Findmypast!
Posted by Diane



Findmypast has released its new collection of 10 million indexed Irish Catholic parish registers, which will be free to search online—forever.

To celebrate, the site is making all of its Irish records free to search and view until March 7.

(You guys: I couldn't wait until the bottom of this post to tell you about our Irish Genealogy MEGA Collection on sale in ShopFamilyTree.com. Webinars, video classes, printed guides, Cheat Sheet. Here it is!)

Click the Start Searching button to begin your search on Findmypast. On the search form, use the Record Set field to choose a particular collection (I typed Catholic to pull up a list of the parish records collections I could select from).

You'll be prompted to start a free basic registration before you can view records that match your search.

Note that if you didn't specify a category or collection of records, a nonIrish record might appear in your results, and when you click it you'll be prompted to subscribe. You can just hit the back button to return to your results.

Take a look at the tips for searching the Catholic parish registers on the Findmypast blog.

I was most interested in searching the Irish Catholic parish registers collection, which come from the National Library of Ireland include baptisms and marriages from a majority of Catholic parishes in Ireland up to 1880.

I searched for James Butler (the brother of my third-great-grandmother), born in 1835 plus or minus two years in an unknown location. I was looking for a James with parents David and Mary, so I narrowed my search to the Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms collection.



You'll need to click from my search results to each matching record transcription in order to see the parents' names. I didn't find any good candidates for my James. Sad face. Of course, it's possible the family's parish isn't covered in these records, or that my search terms weren't good (I know little about this family), or that some indexing error is hiding him.

The registers themselves take different formats. Here's an example of one from 1834:



Ancestry.com also will release an index to these records in March, so I'll try that site as well. And I'll look for more Irish place of origin help in the Irish Genealogy MEGA Collection (now 81% off!).




Tuesday, 01 March 2016 10:10:27 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]