Church of Ireland Library has been awarded a €100,000 Government Grant to Digitise Their Records

A new grant of €100,000 ($117,564 US) will allow the Representative Church Body (RCB) Library to digitise a huge number of records that span several centuries, in a move that will be welcomed by families in Ireland and abroad who are interested in genealogy. Most of the institution’s records are currently only available on paper or microfilm by visiting the Braemor Park library in Churchtown, Co Dublin.

The new Government grant – which came from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht – will see volumes as old as 400 years being digitised so the masses can access them from anywhere in the world.

You can learn more about the grant in an article by Patrick Kelleher in The Irish Times at:


It’s about time.


Reblogged this on Cactus McGurk.


This is great news and a long time coming. For many years Catholic records have been more readily available online than C of I records. Speaking as both a genealogy librarian and an Anglo-Irish descendant, I know that these records will be most useful to many researchers. Anglicans are too often overlooked as part of the Irish diaspora but they have many American descendants. If I am reading the article correctly, the digitized registers will be available freely on, and not just for in-house use at the Representative Church Body Library. I am also assuming (though it is not completely clear) that microfilms of parish registers will also be included in the project. Thanks for sharing!


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