Ancestry Adds the Largest Collection of Irish Catholic Parish Records Launched Online

Everyone seems to be adding the Irish Catholic Parish Records to their collections. Findmypast announced the addition two days ago. (See Now has made a similar announcement:

“We are pleased to announce 10 million historic Catholic Parish records from Ireland have been indexed and are now available online.


“This is the largest collection of its kind available digitally, and means that Ancestry now offers access to more than 55 million Irish records – making it a significant resource for people around the world tracing their Irish roots.

“Indexed from digital images created by the National Library of Ireland (NLI), the Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers 1655-1915 collection includes baptism, marriage, burial and confirmation records from more than 1,000 parishes, and over 3,500 registers, in Ireland. This is the first time that the collection has been indexed with the original images linked online.”

You can read the full announcement in the Blog at



2 Mar 2016
Interestingly, as a registered user (needed to post on the message boards) I can view the records on, but on the US version of Ancestry it wants me to subscribe.

So, head on over to and see if it works for you.


How is the Ancestry collection different from the Findmypast collection


I’ve used the original browseable records through the National Library of Ireland and it worked just fine for me. A little bit more time involved, but it’s free.


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