IGRS adds 14,000 names to its Early Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes

The following announcement was written by the the Irish Genealogical Research Society:

Great news from the Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS). An additional 7,000 records have been uploaded to the Society’s Early Irish Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes, a unique collection of life event references from lesser-used and obscure sources. The update delivers 14,000 names, creating a new total names count for the three indexes of 274,000.

This latest tranche of data includes references to many deaths culled from Irish newspapers. One poignant news item relates to the partial collapse of a Music Hall located in Fishamble Street, to the rear of Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin. A meeting of the Trade Guild of St Luke, which combined the city’s cutlers, painters, paper-stainers and stationers, was being held to nominate a candidate to stand for election to parliament. The room was about 20 feet above ground and was crowded with somewhere between 300 and 400 men. The thunderous applause and stamping of feet eventually caused one of the main support beams to give way and the entire body of men disappeared into the depths of the building below.

Máire Kennedy, former Librarian at Dublin’s Gilbert Library, says this of the event in her Blog: “Nobody seems to have been killed outright, but at least eleven people died shortly afterwards of their injuries. Many were carried to their homes stretched on doors, or taken in sedan chairs. Dublin’s medical personnel must have been under severe strain that afternoon and evening with so many casualties. Faulkner’s Dublin Journal reports that the sight of the maimed being carried through the streets caused the greatest consternation in the city. Finn’s Leinster Journal informs us that few escaped without severe injury and many were in a ‘situation that made death desirable’. The Hibernian Magazine predicted that many of the injured ‘will exhibit melancholy monuments, to perpetuate the memory of this dreadful event, by the loss of their legs and arms”.

From Walkers Hibernian Magazine we learn the names of some of those who died of their injuries: Mr Taylor, High street; Mr Deey, Attorney; Mr Byrne, cutler; Mr McMahon, Abbey Street; Mr Pemberton, Capel Street, Mr Johnson, Cutpurse-row; Mr Shaw, Essex-bridge; Mr Scot, Joseph’s-lane; and Mr Dobson, Capel Street.

 Also included in this update are 850 references to marriages sourced from the Registry of Deeds. “Many of these marriage references came from formal marriage settlements, but which were hidden by the manner of their inclusion in the contemporary index volumes,” notes Roz McCutcheon, the IGRS Early Irish Indexes creator and manager. “Including them in this index probably shines the first light on their existence in two hundred or more years.”

Marriage settlements can be extremely illuminating documents about family relationships and alliances. For instance, one registered in November 1759 notes that Nicholas Biddulph was to marry Elizabeth Dempsey, the daughter of Charles Dempsey; the groom was to be given employment by the bride’s father; and that Nicholas had a brother called Francs who resided at Stradbally, in Queens (Laois) county. Other relatives of the bride named were Samuel Dempsey, noted as a clerk to another man also called Charles Dempsey, assumedly cousins.

You can search the databases here:

Marriage Index Free to all
Birth Index – Name search only for non-members
Death Index – Name search only for non-members


Marriage index says Free to All, but when you get to the page it requires a login and from there I find no way of creating an account without paying the 21£. Did anyone find something different?


Dick – In your defense, you never said that the database was free… But, please be more careful in directing people to links, without first telling them that the site will charge a fee. I followed all the other lemmings, assuming it was free. I know, i Know, “What happens when you assume?” But it was a colossal waste of time.


    Correct. I never said the database was free. In fact, I didn’t say anything about the database.

    The first sentence of the article states, “The following announcement was written by the the Irish Genealogical Research Society:” Everything after that one sentence was written by the IGRS, not by me.

    You will see similar statements on most of the announcements posted here that were written by someone else, not written by me. If you have questions, suggestions, or corrections, you would be better served if you ask the person or organization who wrote the announcement. They obviously will know much more about the subject than I will.


I’m really not sure what all the fuss is about! The press release makes clear that only the Marriage Index is completely free to all. The Birth and Death Indexes are for IGRS members only – but they are described clearly as “Name search only for non-members”.
But contrary to what is being claimed in the comments section on Eastman, the Marriage Index is COMPLETELY FREE and this is the link to it: https://www.irishancestors.ie/search/marriage/index.php


    I think the fault lies with the link –

    “Marriage Index – Free to all
    Birth Index – Name search only for non-members
    Death Index – Name search only for non-members”

    When you click on the first one for marriages, it sends you to a page that asks you to log in, if you hit the “return” at the bottom of the page, it just sends you to more nonsense. When I Google it, the link you provided is the third result down. Thanks for reminding us that Google is there for a reason 🙂


I have just clicked on the link – at the foot of the news item – for the marriage index. It brings me straight to the description page for the marriage index and if you scroll down one of the options is a hyperlink named “Search the Index”.



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