Findmypast Announces Launch of 10 Million Irish Parish Registers

The following announcement from Findmypast was made today at the RootsTech2016 conference:

Salt Lake City: 5 February 2016

Leading family history site, Findmypast, announced today at Rootstech that it will launch 10 million Irish Catholic Parish Registers, one of the most important Irish record collections, in March 2016.

Covering over 200 years from 1671-1900 and over 1,000 parishes, Findmypast has worked to transcribe the National Library of Ireland’s online image collection of 3,500 baptism and marriage registers. This is the first time that the collection has been indexed with the images linked online, making the search much easier and the records more accessible. As a result, family historians will now be able to make all important links between generations with the baptism records and between families with the marriage registers. These essential records cover the entire island of Ireland, both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

Ben Bennett, Executive Vice-President North America and International for Findmypast said:

“The Irish Parish Registers will be a gold mine for anyone with Irish heritage. The 10 million baptism and marriage records will help even more people to trace their Irish ancestors. In addition to being able to search this valuable collection, customers with family trees on Findmypast will benefit from leads that automatically connect the records related to their family directly to their trees. The Catholic Parish Registers are a hugely important addition to Findmypast’s Irish collection, the largest and most comprehensive source for online Irish family history research.”

About Findmypast

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research.

In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitized records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. Findmypast, in association with The National Archives, recently launched the 1939 Register, a record of 41 million lives on the eve of World War II.


I went to Find My Past, located a marriage event I wanted to view and I was asked to choose a plan. I did a live chat with a person from Find My Past and he said he knew nothing about the free access.


Headline is misleading. Appears to be 3500 parish registers from 1000 parishes which contain around ten million names, no? They should try to be more accurate methinks.


If you’re in a rush, you can browse the unindexed images now.


If you already know the date of your Irish ancestor’s baptism or marriage and their parish you can search the registers at the NLI site for free and find the page very quickly as the site shows the dates covered by each page in the upper left hand corner. I found all of my 50 records in less than 30 seconds each. It is also worthwhile to browse the registers of each of your ancestors’ parishes. The complete registers for a parish can be quickly scanned in a few hours. I found several more cousins in this search. The registers are in varied handwriting but most are quite readable. One cute find was a number of children listed as “illegitimate” (about one every other page). I saw one listing in my parish where the very unhappy priest instead used the word B*****d with several exclamation points. The register pages can be downloaded and cropped or enhanced as you desire.


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