The following announcement was written by the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations (CIGO):
Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations Honours Glasnevin Trust for Creation of 1.5 Million Online Burial Records Spanning 178 Years
Dublin, Ireland - Wednesday, 30th November 2011: The Minister for Arts, Culture and Gaeltacht Affairs, today presented the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations’ (CIGO) 2011 Award for Excellence in Genealogy to Glasnevin Trust in recognition of the its contribution to the study of Irish genealogy through the creation of its online database of over 1.5 million burials and cremations dating from 1828 to the present day. The online database covers all records from the Trust’s five cemeteries including Ireland’s largest cemetery, Glasnevin. The records of the Trust’s four other cemeteries (Dardistown, Glasnevin, Goldenbridge, Newlands Cross and Palmerstown) and two crematoria (Glasnevin and Newlands Cross) are also included. The project, funded by Glasnevin Trust, has taken almost 20 years to complete having gone through a number of phases of development commencing in the early 1990s.
With records dating from as early as 1828, including scanned images of the burial registers themselves, the access now provided to this vital genealogical information is unparalleled in Ireland. The Trust’s commitment to this mammoth project has set an extremely high standard for data provision and one which will no doubt be an active encouragement for other cemetery authorities to emulate worldwide.
The project, funded by Glasnevin Trust, and managed by Mervyn Colville (Deputy CEO Glasnevin Trust) also includes the burial records for all “Poorground” burials (unpurchased graves) for victims of the great famine, or epidemics such as cholera as well as babies who died prematurely or in infancy and are buried in the Angels’ plots.
To date over 5,000 registered genealogists and funeral directors have access to and are using Glasnevin Trust’s online genealogy service. To date an equivalent of over 11,000 searches have been transacted, resulting in between 22,000 and 40,000 ancestors being located through the service.
In presenting the Award the Minister said: “It's often stated that interest in Genealogy has never been as great as it is now. The work of the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations and the Glasnevin Trust in digitising and transcribing its burial registers help play an enormous part in this enhanced interest. I would like to take this opportunity now to salute both CIGO and Glasnevin Trust for the part they help play in ensuring that this vital part of our cultural heritage is not just maintained but allowed to bloom.”
The Chairman of CIGO’s Award Committee, Steven Smyrl, commended Glasnevin Trust for its commitment in creating the burials database and for making the 1.5 million entries in it available to millions worldwide through the Internet. He said: “for Dublin families, the lack of nineteenth century census records is more than made up for with the data now made available through the Trust’s website. The burial registers note people born as early as the middle of the eighteenth century”.
John Green, Chairman of Glasnevin Trust, said: “The maintenance of accurate burial and cremation records has been an intrinsic part of the Trust’s primary role of caring for the dead, irrespective of their creed or position in society, for over 178 years now. We are justifiably proud of that achievement and are delighted that these records, over 1.5 million of them, are now available to everyone with an interest in Ireland’s and their own families’ modern history. Given CIGO’s preeminent position within the Irish genealogical community, we are particularly grateful to receive this award which serves to honour the memory of those buried and cremated by the Trust as well as everyone who contributed to the creation, maintenance and now digitisation of the records over many years.
Previous recipients of the Award include Dublin City Library and Archives in 2007 for its database of Dublin city electoral rolls and The Irish Times in 2008 for its completed on-line database of indexed scanned images of the newspaper dating back to 1859.
The Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations may be found at www.cigo.ie
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