Comments on: NEW Irish records The official blog Sun, 27 Oct 2013 15:23:05 +0000 hourly 1 By: wendykilgannon wendykilgannon Sat, 24 Sep 2011 12:59:08 +0000 The Irish records are very disappointing,they seem mixed up and did not find them that helpful

By: Eileen M. ÓDúill, CG Eileen M. ÓDúill, CG Fri, 23 Sep 2011 17:43:21 +0000 While I welcome any Irish records, I have to point out that a basic principle in genealogy is CITATION.

The newly added Irish Catholic records do not include any citation whatsoever. To make this collection really useful researcher require:
-complete index to the parishes included in the collection preferably listed by county
-dates of the records on offer
-total number of records
- access to the image of the record

With a bit more work, this could prove to be a very useful resource for Ancestry subscribers.

Eileen M. ÓDúill, CG
member of Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland
board member, Association of Professional Genealogists

By: Steven Smyrl Steven Smyrl Fri, 23 Sep 2011 08:28:10 +0000 Can Ancestry reveal what is the source for the Catholic parish registers for Roscommon and Westmeath? From where did they obtain the microfilms that they have supposedly created the database from? The parishes all seem to be the same as held for those two counties by the LDS in Utah!

As for the Irish civil records (1845-1958), have Ancestry actually created their own database or is it the case that the search results obtained through searches on Ancestry are just channelled straight through from FamilySearch?

Steven Smyrl
Executive Liaison Officer

Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations

By: Paul Gorry Paul Gorry Thu, 22 Sep 2011 22:07:08 +0000 Have been duped? I tried out these so-called Irish Catholic parish records. Using a surname I know very well, I searched for people whose actual records I have seen. Not only were they returned as having been baptised or married in the wrong parish, they were in the wrong county. Lots of people of the surname from a number of Co. Westmeath parishes were listed for a particular parish in Co. Kildare. Apart from that, the details were mixed up, with children listed under the mother’s maiden surname, etc. Wherever Ancestry got this mish-mash they’d want to withdraw it pretty quick so as to spare their blushes.

Paul Gorry
Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland
(The accrediting body for Irish genealogists)

By: Jacki Jacki Thu, 22 Sep 2011 21:26:18 +0000 Hmm strange, as familysearch use the exact same wording and dates scroll down the page for Irish/Ireland

By: Ancestry_Kelly Ancestry_Kelly Thu, 22 Sep 2011 09:57:59 +0000 Hi Jacki, the Births and Baptisms and Civil Registers are yes, but the Catholic parish records are not.

By: Jacki Jacki Wed, 21 Sep 2011 23:35:27 +0000 Are these the same records available on for free?