The following announcement was written by The Irish Genealogical Research Society:
The latest update of 11,000 additional entries to the Society’s Early Irish Birth, Death & Marriage Indexes includes some 7,500 death entries from newspapers published between 1740 & 1810. The combined number of names now found in the three databases is 278,334.
The data is drawn from a wide number of Irish newspapers, but particularly from Walkers Hibernian & Gentleman’s Magazine, Pue’s Occurrences, the Leinster Journal, Faulkner’s Dublin Journal and the Hibernian Chronicle. Despite the too often generally held view that early newspapers do not note details about “ordinary” people, this update proves to the contrary. It is full of references to such people as farmers, publicans, innkeepers, butchers, bakers, printers, brewers, apothecaries, tailors, seed merchants, drapers, painters, grocers, sailmakers, clerks, confectioners, cutlers, saddlers, haberdashers and tallow chandlers, to name but a few. And all are from places right across the island of Ireland.
For instance, in Faulkner’s Dublin Journal in November 1761 we learn that Mrs Esther Hodgson died, from George’s Quay in Dublin and she was the wife of a measurer. In the same newspaper in March 1764 the death of Mrs Lysaght is reported. The notice goes on to record that she was the widow of Charles Lysaght, of Craigmore, Co. Clare and her maiden surname was Hogan. In Pue’s Occurrences in March 1756 the demise of Mrs Hutchinson is noted. She was from Fleet Street, Dublin, and was reportedly aged 110 years!